Afternoon: Program Registration: 3:00-4:30p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table at the Museum, which is adjacent to the motel, to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, an up-to-date schedule that reflects any last minute changes, other important information and your food selections for the week. We will confirm when and where the evening orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, pick up your packet when you check into the motel.
Dinner: We will enjoy a plated dinner with coffee, tea or water at a local restaurant. Other beverages are available for purchase.
Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. For our dining pleasure, this program includes "A Taste of the Island." We will be dining each evening at a different venue, each known for its local cuisine and friendly service. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. This is a Road Scholar intergenerational program. Grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff will supervise. Children are never to be left unsupervised. This evening, we will enjoy a colorful history of the area from our group leader.
Breakfast: In the motel dining area, we will enjoy a hot breakfast buffet, plus juice, coffee, tea and water.
Morning: We will ride by school bus to Assateague Island National Seashore, the longest stretch of wild undeveloped beach on the mid-Atlantic coast at 37 miles long. As we walk the sandy shore, we'll learn about dune ecology from the group leader. Especially for Kids: We'll have plenty of opportunity to hop in the water this morning! We will walk to the museum for lunch and the opportunity to discover its exhibits, including a rare first-order Fresnel lens, surprising shipwreck finds, handmade artifacts from the past, the iconic ponies, Misty and Stormy, and much more.
Lunch: At the museum, we'll have a boxed lunch as we explore the museum.
Afternoon: We will travel by school bus from the museum to Beebe Ranch, the original home of Misty, and meet a Beebe family member who will talk about growing up with Misty. We will visit some of the ponies at the ranch, some of whom are descendants of Misty.
Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The group leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
Evening: Free Time. Take this opportunity for independent exploration to see what interests you most. The group leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
Breakfast: We have breakfast at the motel's breakfast buffet in the dining area.
Morning: We'll take a morning cruise on local waters, learning about the famous Chincoteague Pony herd, from when they first landed on the shores to their life on Assateague today. We may also observe eagles, osprey nests, migrating birds and other marine life. Our expert guide will explain their habits and regale us with stories of life on the water. Especially for Kids: If the tides are just right, we'll even stop at a clam bed and get a hands-on, feet-wet experience with a working waterman.
Lunch: We'll have a plated lunch at a local restaurant.
Afternoon: We'll explore the interior of the Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge by school bus to look for wild ponies, petite Sika elk, nesting terrapin, otters, bald eagles, endangered Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrel and other wildlife. A local wildlife expert with over 30 years experience, will be our instructor. We will be going into an area normally closed to the public. Cameras and binoculars are strongly recommended!
Dinner: At a local restaurant, grandparents will enjoy a plated dinner of crab cakes and other options, plus coffee, tea and water; other beverages are available for purpose. Especially for Kids: At the museum, grandkids will enjoy a pizza dinner and crafts.
Evening: After reconvening at the museum, we will travel to the Chincoteague Pony Center. After looking through the center's collection of pony memorabilia, including Misty-related items, we will enjoy a show produced by the Chincoteague Pony Drill Team. The Center features veterans of the pony swim and a number of descendants of the famous pony, Misty.
Breakfast: We'll have breakfast at the buffet in the motel dining area.
Morning: Put on your old shoes (no flip-flops or sandals!) and get ready to get down and dirty! We'll visit Tom's Cove and try our hands at fishing or mud mucking. National Park Service rangers will lead you on an exploration of the marsh and cove where you'll find clams, oysters, crabs, snails and other assorted crustaceans.
Lunch: At a local restaurant, we'll enjoy a plated lunch.
Afternoon: We'll board the school bus for the NASA Visitor Center where we'll learn about all the amazing science and rocket launches that are conducted on nearby Wallops Island. Especially for Kids: At the center we'll explore the hands-on exhibits and maybe get a chance to put on a real space suit. Access to NASA facilities may be restricted or prohibited at times due to scheduled rocket launches. In the event of a launch schedule conflict, this portion of the program will be held in another location.
Dinner: We'll have a plated dinner at a local restaurant.
Evening: We'll ride to the museum, where we'll learn about Chincoteague's wild ponies from your group leader, and learn how the seafood industry has changed over time. Especially for Kids: We'll join in hands-on activities and complete the challenging museum scavenger hunt!
Breakfast: We'll enjoy breakfast in the motel's dining area.
Morning: We'll watch the film "Misty" at the Island Theater where it premiered in 1961 and where Misty's hoof prints are preserved in the sidewalk outside the newly restored theater.
Lunch: In nearby Reed Park we'll have an al fresco boxed lunch at the water's edge.
Afternoon: Enjoy an afternoon on your own to explore your special interests on the island.
Dinner: We will enjoy a traditional island crab feast in the museum overlooking the marsh and with vistas of Assateague. Coffee, tea and water included.
Evening: After dinner in the pavilion, we will enjoy live entertainment, featuring sing-alongs, sea shanties and a special song written for our group and performed by a local musician.
Breakfast: We'll have breakfast in the motel dining area.
Morning: We'll travel to the Bateman Center in the Chincoteague National Refuge by school bus, where we'll learn about area wildlife and conservation efforts. We'll also take a trip to the newly renovated Assateague lighthouse, where our group leader will help us understand the role of this facility in the Civil War and its dramatic change in location due to shifting sands. We may choose to climb to the top to take in the breath-taking views of the area if time and weather permit. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward tto having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program, Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!