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.
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Program No. 2018RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Wallops Island
D
Chincoteague Bay Field Station

Activity note: Please keep in mind that the workshop schedule is tentative and subject to change due to weather, access, seasons, and other factors. When you arrive you will receive an updated schedule specially tailored for that particular week.

Afternoon: Check in with your leader at the CBFS Education Center from 3:00-5:00 PM. Welcome to the program, group introductions and orientation.

Dinner: Get ready for a seafood feast! Sample local crabs and shrimp or if you choose, grilled chicken, or portabello mushrooms.

Evening: Learn about the week ahead and meet the other program participants.

DAY
2
Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge, Wild Ponies, Regional History
Wallops Island
B,L,D
Chincoteague Bay Field Station

Activity note: Please keep in mind that the workshop schedule is tentative and subject to change due to weather, access, seasons, and other factors. When you arrive you will receive an updated schedule specially tailored for that particular week.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the Chincoteague Bay Field Station Dining Hall from 7:30-8:30 AM. Each day our cafeteria staff will present an array of fruits, hot and cold cereals, meats, breads/biscuits, eggs or pancakes for your choosing.

Morning: Hear a member of the Refuge's education system talk about the unique features of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

Lunch: The Eastern Shore is home to some outstanding American fare and seafood restaurants. Your meal will not disappoint at one of these fine eateries.

Afternoon: We will take a tour of one of the little seen, restricted access areas of the Refuge. Here we will see Wild Ponies, Birds and Amazing Wildlife.

Dinner: Dinner will be served in the CBFS cafeteria. Our dining staff will prepare and serve your meal cafeteria style, with options ranging from a hot meal to a diverse salad bar.

Evening: Chincoteague Island and the surrounding area have a fascinating and unique history that sets them apart, even from the rest of the Eastern Shore! Learn the story of the settlement of Virginia's Eastern Shore from a local history teacher. Start the week with an introduction to some of the traditions and customs of our island that have evolved from hundreds of years of isolation and still remain. See them transpire during your stay here on The Island!

DAY
3
Art Class, Wallops Island, Artifacts of the Eastern Shore
Wallops Island
B,L,D
Chincoteague Bay Field Station

Activity note: Please keep in mind that the workshop schedule is tentative and subject to change due to weather, access, seasons, and other factors. When you arrive you will receive an updated schedule specially tailored for that particular week.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the CBFS cafeteria.

Morning: Watch a painting come to life as a local, professional artist talks about and demonstrates the techniques used to render our natural world on canvas.

Lunch: Lunch will be in the CBFS cafeteria.

Afternoon: The restricted access on the NASA Wallops Island base left an environment that is great for education as well as shelling. A field-based lecture will leave you with an in-depth understanding of beach dynamics, morphology and shell identification!

Dinner: The Eastern Shore is home to some outstanding American fare and seafood restaurants. Your meal will not disappoint at one of these fine eateries.

Evening: Rocks are hard to find here. So how did Native Americans make their tools? Learn this and much more as an expert in Eastern Shore artifacts shares his impressive breadth of knowledge and expansive collection of artifacts with us. Then watch a demonstration of knapping: the ancient technique used to fashion tools from stone.

DAY
4
Research Cruise, Free Afternoon, Life of a Waterman
Wallops Island
B,L,D
Chincoteague Bay Field Station

Activity note: Please keep in mind that the workshop schedule is tentative and subject to change due to weather, access, seasons, and other factors. When you arrive you will receive an updated schedule specially tailored for that particular week.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the CBFS cafeteria.

Morning: Take a research cruise through one of the most productive ecosystems on earth! We will employ oceanographic research methods to measure our physical and chemical environment; then we will otter trawl to sample the myriad organisms found in our estuary.

Lunch: Lunch will be in the CBFS cafeteria.

Afternoon: This is a free afternoon to visit some of the local sites, explore the town of Chincoteague, walk the trails of the Wildlife Refuge, fish, shop, or just relax on our pristine beach

Dinner: Dinner will be in the CBFS cafeteria.

Evening: Discuss the local fisheries and life on the water with a local waterman!

DAY
5
Expert Lecture, NASA Visitor Center, Musician
Wallops Island
B,L,D
Chincoteague Bay Field Station

Activity note: Please keep in mind that the workshop schedule is tentative and subject to change due to weather, access, seasons, and other factors. When you arrive you will receive an updated schedule specially tailored for that particular week.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the CBFS cafeteria.

Morning: An accomplished carver will demonstrate their skill in creating a decoy. As they carve, learn this art's fascinating history that includes hunting, 1920's fashion and worldwide competitions OR learn even more about the wild Chincoteague ponies in a fascinating lecture from a local of the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

Lunch: Eat in as we screen the 1961 film 'Misty' that helped to put Chincoteague on the map as a tourist destination and further solidify the wild ponies into the history and lore of this area.

Afternoon: We will have an exciting afternoon lecture about the history of Wallops Islands Space Flight Center! We will then take a field trip to the NASA visitor center.

Dinner: The Eastern Shore is home to some outstanding American fare and seafood restaurants. Your meal will not disappoint at one of these fine eateries.

Evening: Enjoy evening entertainment by very talented local musicians and storytellers.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Wallops Island
B

Activity note: Please keep in mind that the workshop schedule is tentative and subject to change due to weather, access, seasons, and other factors. When you arrive you will receive an updated schedule specially tailored for that particular week.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the CBFS cafeteria.

Morning: Check out with your leader and say farewell to your new friends. We'll see you next time!