18685
Virginia
Misty and the Wild Ponies of Chincoteague With Your Grandchild
Alongside your grandchild, discover the real-world setting of Marguerite Henry’s “Misty of Chincoteague,” joining local experts to explore the island habitats where wild ponies roam!
Rating (4.88)
Program No. 18685RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
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At a Glance

Chincoteague is a magical island, where herds of wild ponies run free, bottlenose dolphins play in quiet coves nearby and eagles soar over marshes teaming with marine critters. Chincoteague has fascinated children for generations, thanks to the island’s most famous resident in history: Misty the wild pony and the main character in a famous children’s book (and movie). Learn Misty’s story as you and your grandchild visit her home, and get up close to the wild ponies of today. Visit restricted areas of the wildlife refuge on the island, and play and swim at one of the longest undeveloped shorelines on the Atlantic coast. Meet park rangers as you collect marsh specimens and learn how oysters and clams grow. Plus, visit the NASA Visitor Center on Wallops Island to find out about the rockets that launch there!
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one-half mile on level ground.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Visit the Beebe Ranch, once home to Misty, the iconic Chincoteague pony, and spend time with a “Saltwater Cowboy” firefighter to learn how the wild ponies have survived.
  • Get close to wild ponies, bald eagles, terrapin, deer, elk and animals as your group leaders brings you to exclusive spots in the wildlife refuge that nobody else gets to see and are normally restricted.
  • Ride the island waters by pontoon boat to watch for porpoises, and hear pirate lore as you sail past Assateague Lighthouse.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 8-12. For a comparable family adventure for all generations, check out program #22788!
Featured Expert
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Jenny Somers
Jenny Somers is a native of Chincoteague Island, able to trace her family line back to the original settlers on the island in the 1600's. Jenny's father and generations before him have worked on the water; thus, Jenny grew up with a knowledge of Chincoteague and Assateague Islands that few can match. An architect by trade, she’s worked on Assateague Island as an interpreter for over thirty years. Her knowledge and love of wildlife has led her to be a passionate falconer and bander.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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William Borges
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Jenny Somers
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