10545
Virginia
Island Adventure: Discover Chincoteague and Assateague Islands
Get an insider’s perspective on Chincoteague and Assateague, where you’ll enjoy nature walks, attend cultural performances, search for wild ponies and sample the bounty of the sea.
Rating (5)
Program No. 10545RJ
Length
4 days
Starts at
649
Getting There
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At a Glance

Come for a taste of island life! Tucked away on the Eastern Shore of Virginia is one of the most special places on the East Coast, evoking visions of coastal island charm and serving as a gateway to the second most visited wildlife refuge in the U.S. On Chincoteague Island, get to know the inhabitants, sample its famous seafood and learn about the dynamic beauty with the Museum of Chincoteague Island.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Minimal walking and standing on this program.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Meditate upon nature as you walk on part of the 37-mile-long beach on Assateague Island — the longest undeveloped beach in the mid-Atlantic — accompanied by an expert who teaches you about dune ecology.
  • Learn how these islands inspire the arts, as you enjoy an afternoon painting demonstration from an award-winning wildlife artist and an evening performance by local musicians who teach you sea chanties, old and new.
  • Explore restricted sections of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in search of ponies, Sika elk, waterfowl and migratory birds and learn about the island’s aquaculture industry while cruising local waters.

General Notes

You may be interested in a five-night version of this program (#2005).
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Nancy Ferguson
Nancy is a writer, educator, storyteller and wool spinner who has researched the cultural history of spinning and sheep flocks on Delmarva. She works with that same type of wool today, spinning it into stunning pieces and, all the while, telling the stories of Assateague Island women. Nancy first learned to spin in the mid 1970's and is the owner of a fiber business. She retired to the Eastern Shore in 2009 where she presents programs and demonstrates spinning at the Tom's Cove Visitor Center.
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Nancy Richards West
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