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The Islands of Virginia's Eastern Shore: Chincoteague, Assateague and Wallops

Program No. 2018RJ
Experience the wonders of Virginia’s Eastern Shore islands as you explore local museums, see the wild ponies of Assateague and enjoy special access to unspoiled Wallops Island.

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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 Going
Walking up to a quarter-mile at a time.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

What You'll Learn

  • Stroll the beach and collect seashells on restricted-access Wallops Island where we may just be the only group there all day.
  • Learn about the art and history of the waterfowl decoy as a local carver demonstrates his skill.
  • Learn about the Tales of Chincoteague from local experts.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room. ATTENTION FOREIGN NATIONALS: Part of this program takes place on Wallops Island, which is a restricted access NASA base. In order to participate in the Wallops Island activities, all foreign nationals must complete additional paperwork at least 6 weeks in advance to be allowed access onto the base. Access is then subject to approval by NASA Wallops Island base. If you are a foreign national enrolled in this program, please contact the program provider directly at julie@cbfieldstation.org to request the required forms.
Featured Expert
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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.

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

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Nancy Richards West View biography
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.
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Cheryl Taylor View biography
Cheryl Taylor is a wildlife artist based in Chincoteague, VA. She is talented in a variety of artistic styles including furniture painting, mixed media, and incorporation of natural objects. Cheryl focuses on local wildlife and sharing the beauty of the Eastern Shore through her art.
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Meals
14 Meals
5 Breakfasts
4 Lunches
5 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Vegetarian, Gluten Free
Lodging
Lodgings may differ by date. Select a date to see the lodgings specific to that date.
Display
Nov 03, 2024 - Nov 08, 2024
  • Nov 03, 2024 - Nov 08, 2024
  • Sep 08, 2024 - Sep 13, 2024
  • Oct 20, 2024 - Oct 25, 2024
  • Nov 03, 2024 - Nov 08, 2024
  • Apr 06, 2025 - Apr 11, 2025
  • Apr 27, 2025 - May 02, 2025
  • Sep 21, 2025 - Sep 26, 2025
  • Oct 19, 2025 - Oct 24, 2025
  • Nov 02, 2025 - Nov 07, 2025
5 nights
Wallops Island
The Chincoteague Bay Field Station is a residential environmental learning center and field station. Participants are accommodated in modern, suite-style rooms with four double-occupancy bedrooms with central heat and air-conditioning. Bathrooms are not connected to bedrooms but are shared by only two rooms. All rooms have two twin beds. The two-story residence halls have no elevator and are across campus from meeting spaces and the cafeteria. A large campus lounge allows for camaraderie with fellow Road Scholars, with comfortable chairs and sofas, tables to play games and a TV. Meals are served in a common dining room where residents other than Road Scholars will dine. Good to know: No TVs in rooms. Wi-Fi in main Education Center. Coin-operated laundry room. Housekeeping once a week. Most meals served buffet-style; bus own table.
5 nights
Wallops Island
The Chincoteague Bay Field Station is a residential environmental learning center and field station. Participants are accommodated in modern, suite-style rooms with four double-occupancy bedrooms with central heat and air-conditioning. Bathrooms are not connected to bedrooms but are shared by only two rooms. All rooms have two twin beds. The two-story residence halls have no elevator and are across campus from meeting spaces and the cafeteria. A large campus lounge allows for camaraderie with fellow Road Scholars, with comfortable chairs and sofas, tables to play games and a TV. Meals are served in a common dining room where residents other than Road Scholars will dine. Good to know: No TVs in rooms. Wi-Fi in main Education Center. Coin-operated laundry room. Housekeeping once a week. Most meals served buffet-style; bus own table.
5 nights
Wallops Island
The Chincoteague Bay Field Station is a residential environmental learning center and field station. Participants are accommodated in modern, suite-style rooms with four double-occupancy bedrooms with central heat and air-conditioning. Bathrooms are not connected to bedrooms but are shared by only two rooms. All rooms have two twin beds. The two-story residence halls have no elevator and are across campus from meeting spaces and the cafeteria. A large campus lounge allows for camaraderie with fellow Road Scholars, with comfortable chairs and sofas, tables to play games and a TV. Meals are served in a common dining room where residents other than Road Scholars will dine. Good to know: No TVs in rooms. Wi-Fi in main Education Center. Coin-operated laundry room. Housekeeping once a week. Most meals served buffet-style; bus own table.
5 nights
Wallops Island
The Chincoteague Bay Field Station is a residential environmental learning center and field station. Participants are accommodated in modern, suite-style rooms with four double-occupancy bedrooms with central heat and air-conditioning. Bathrooms are not connected to bedrooms but are shared by only two rooms. All rooms have two twin beds. The two-story residence halls have no elevator and are across campus from meeting spaces and the cafeteria. A large campus lounge allows for camaraderie with fellow Road Scholars, with comfortable chairs and sofas, tables to play games and a TV. Meals are served in a common dining room where residents other than Road Scholars will dine. Good to know: No TVs in rooms. Wi-Fi in main Education Center. Coin-operated laundry room. Housekeeping once a week. Most meals served buffet-style; bus own table.
5 nights
Wallops Island
The Chincoteague Bay Field Station is a residential environmental learning center and field station. Participants are accommodated in modern, suite-style rooms with four double-occupancy bedrooms with central heat and air-conditioning. Bathrooms are not connected to bedrooms but are shared by only two rooms. All rooms have two twin beds. The two-story residence halls have no elevator and are across campus from meeting spaces and the cafeteria. A large campus lounge allows for camaraderie with fellow Road Scholars, with comfortable chairs and sofas, tables to play games and a TV. Meals are served in a common dining room where residents other than Road Scholars will dine. Good to know: No TVs in rooms. Wi-Fi in main Education Center. Coin-operated laundry room. Housekeeping once a week. Most meals served buffet-style; bus own table.
5 nights
Wallops Island
The Chincoteague Bay Field Station is a residential environmental learning center and field station. Participants are accommodated in modern, suite-style rooms with four double-occupancy bedrooms with central heat and air-conditioning. Bathrooms are not connected to bedrooms but are shared by only two rooms. All rooms have two twin beds. The two-story residence halls have no elevator and are across campus from meeting spaces and the cafeteria. A large campus lounge allows for camaraderie with fellow Road Scholars, with comfortable chairs and sofas, tables to play games and a TV. Meals are served in a common dining room where residents other than Road Scholars will dine. Good to know: No TVs in rooms. Wi-Fi in main Education Center. Coin-operated laundry room. Housekeeping once a week. Most meals served buffet-style; bus own table.
5 nights
Wallops Island
The Chincoteague Bay Field Station is a residential environmental learning center and field station. Participants are accommodated in modern, suite-style rooms with four double-occupancy bedrooms with central heat and air-conditioning. Bathrooms are not connected to bedrooms but are shared by only two rooms. All rooms have two twin beds. The two-story residence halls have no elevator and are across campus from meeting spaces and the cafeteria. A large campus lounge allows for camaraderie with fellow Road Scholars, with comfortable chairs and sofas, tables to play games and a TV. Meals are served in a common dining room where residents other than Road Scholars will dine. Good to know: No TVs in rooms. Wi-Fi in main Education Center. Coin-operated laundry room. Housekeeping once a week. Most meals served buffet-style; bus own table.
5 nights
Wallops Island
The Chincoteague Bay Field Station is a residential environmental learning center and field station. Participants are accommodated in modern, suite-style rooms with four double-occupancy bedrooms with central heat and air-conditioning. Bathrooms are not connected to bedrooms but are shared by only two rooms. All rooms have two twin beds. The two-story residence halls have no elevator and are across campus from meeting spaces and the cafeteria. A large campus lounge allows for camaraderie with fellow Road Scholars, with comfortable chairs and sofas, tables to play games and a TV. Meals are served in a common dining room where residents other than Road Scholars will dine. Good to know: No TVs in rooms. Wi-Fi in main Education Center. Coin-operated laundry room. Housekeeping once a week. Most meals served buffet-style; bus own table.





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