2018
Wallops Island
The Islands of Virginia's Eastern Shore: Chincoteague, Assateague and Wallops
Experience the wonders of Virginia’s Eastern Shore islands as you discover museums on Chincoteague, see the wild ponies of Assateague and enjoy special access to unspoiled Wallops.
Rating (5)
Program No. 2018XMJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
579
Getting There
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At a Glance

Wild ponies, fresh and saltwater wetlands, sand dunes and small town hospitality await you in one of Virginia’s most unique settings among the barrier islands of the Delmarva Peninsula. Experience Chincoteague, Assateague and Wallops Island with Chincoteague Bay Field Station. Chincoteague’s fascinating history of the settlement of the Eastern Shore sets it apart. Gain access to NASA’s restricted Wallops Island to study an environment left unspoiled. And explore Assateague’s forests and discover the wild ponies.
Activity Level
Easy
Walking up to a quarter-mile at a time.
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore a little-seen, restricted area of the refuge to spot wild ponies and amazing birds and wildlife.
  • Experience a research cruise through one of the most productive ecosystems on earth and trawl the ocean floor to sample myriad organisms found here.
  • Learn about the art and history of the waterfowl decoy as a world-renowned carver demonstrates his skill.
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Nancy Richards West
Nancy Richards West has lived on Chincoteague Island for three decades, using this picturesque setting as inspiration for her paintings. The first resident artist chosen by the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, the thrill of painting en plein air often lures her out of the studio and into the field, where she captures the effects of changing light, weather and seasons. Nancy has extensive training in classical drawing and color theory, and her delicate treatment of oils is subtly elegant.
Nancy Richards West
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