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Misty of Chincoteague: An Island Adventure 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 (5)
Program No. 18685RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,149 / ADULT
599 / CHILD
Virginia

Misty of Chincoteague: An Island Adventure 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!
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,149 / ADULT
599 / CHILD
Length
6 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
1,149 / ADULT
599 / CHILD
Program No. 18685RJ

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Age 8 - 12
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Jul 10 - Jul 15, 2022
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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! **NASA visit contingent on them re-opening to visitors.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one-half mile on level ground, getting on and off a bus, getting on and off a pontoon boat, getting on and off a hay wagon, and the kids will have the opportunity to ride a pony. All of Chincoteague and most of Assateague are flat terrain.

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 normally are 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 "Misty of Chincoteague: An Island Adventure With Your Family" (#22788)!
Featured Expert
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Cindy Faith
Cindy Faith has been a Group Leader and lecturer at the Museum of Chincoteague Island’s Road Scholar programs for many years. Raised on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, her knowledge of the region’s natural and local history is encyclopedic. Her expertise runs the gamut from horseshoe crabs and wild ponies to pirates and the Civil War’s impact on the Chincoteague region. Combined with her warm sense of humor, Cindy’s vast knowledge assures Road Scholar participants of an informative and interesting experience.

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

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Cindy Faith has been a Group Leader and lecturer at the Museum of Chincoteague Island’s Road Scholar programs for many years. Raised on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, her knowledge of the region’s natural and local history is encyclopedic. Her expertise runs the gamut from horseshoe crabs and wild ponies to pirates and the Civil War’s impact on the Chincoteague region. Combined with her warm sense of humor, Cindy’s vast knowledge assures Road Scholar participants of an informative and interesting experience.
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Chip Lewis is a Chincoteague Island native who grew up working in the local seafood business. His mother was one of the few female decoy carvers. He returned to the island following a successful military career. He operates his own clamming business using modern aquaculture techniques to carry on an age-old tradition.
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Beth Scheeley was born and raised on Chincoteague Island. She has many family ties to the island, which makes her a true "teaguer." Beth has an extensive knowledge for Chincoteague's history. Her childhood memories of Chincoteague's past looks, restaurants and people will call for endless conversations and stories during your time with her. Her go-getter personality and friendliness will surely make you feel right at home on Chincoteague Island.
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Darcy has lived on the island for over 15 years. In her early encounters with the wild horses of Assateague, she became fascinated with the idea that each horse had a name and a personality. In those 15 years, she has become a regional expert on the horses, publishing books on the horses and conducting workshops and talks related to the horses. In addition to her many lectures at the Museum of Chincoteague, Darcy serves as a Team Leader on the two annual Service Projects.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
A Natural History of Quiet Waters
by Curtis J. Badger
This is a wonderfully well-written, easy to understand description of the swamps and wetlands of the East Coast and their importance to our environment, history and culture. It is written from the perspective of someone who has experienced them first hand. Available on Chincoteague at Sundial Books (www.sundialbooks.net)
Chincoteague and Assateague Islands (MD and VA) (images of America)
by Nan Devincent-Hays
This book provides a short pictorial and narrative description of these two barrier islands, their history and relationship. One is a small town community catering to thousands of tourists who come almost year-round to enjoy the beach and view the wildlife on the other. Available on Chincoteague at the Museum.
Misty of Chincoteague
by Marguerite Henry
A Newberry Honor book, for children 8 - 12 years old. This is the story of Paul and Maureen Beebe and their quest to buy the elusive Phantom, a wild Chincoteague pony. On Pony Penning Day, they not only bring in the Phantom, but also her colt, Misty. It is a wonderful heart-warming tale of the efforts of two children to achieve their dream. Available on Chincoteague at the Museum.
A Walk on the Beach: Into the Field Guide
by Laurie Goldman
For the kids; a portable easy to use guide to beach critters designed to get kids excited about exploring waterfront life. Available on Chincoteague at Sundial Books (www.sundialbooks.net).
Stormy, Misty's Foal
by Marguerite Henry
This sequel to "Misty" describes the events on Chincoteague during the Ash Wednesday storm in 1962. Misty is about to give birth and the book details the actions the Beebe's take to ensure a safe birth. It also covers the role Misty and her foal play in raising donations to restore the island after the storm. Available on Chincoteague at the Museum.
Treasure on Chincoteague Island
by Karen Simpson-Tweedie
This book for the kids is a sequel to the "Hidden Key" taking place on Chincoteague. It introduces two new characters, Brian and Ashley, as they discover new things about the island and its secrets. Available on Chincoteague at Sundial Books (www.sundialbooks.net)





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