Wallops Island
Coastal Basketry and Barrier Island Ecology
Explore the art of basketry alongside an award-winning instructor on historic Wallops Island. Plus, learn about island ecology and enjoy a traditional seafood feast!
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Program No. 20926RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Come to majestic Wallops Island to learn a craft that has been woven into the local culture over hundreds of years with Chincoteague Bay Field Station. Coiled sea grass basketry reflects the beauty of the barrier island marshes, and you’ll learn to create your own in a small group setting with an award-winning instructor. Through field trips and lectures, gain a special appreciation for the island ecology and what’s being done to protect this fragile and ever-changing habitat.
Activity Level
Walking up to a mile on uneven ground.
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 ...

  • Learn to sustainably gather spartina, cordgrass and other materials and then create two or three coiled sea grass baskets from scratch.
  • Learn about the ecology of Wallops Island, a restricted-access beach owned by NASA, and Pocomoke State Park, one of the northernmost cypress swamps in the U.S.
  • Enjoy a traditional Chesapeake Bay boil, a family style, succulent seafood feast.
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Pamela Zimmerman
Pamela Zimmerman is a nationally renowned fiber artist whose contemporary works and horsehair miniatures have been showcased in galleries nationwide, receiving over 500 awards. For her distinct work, she was selected by the World Crafts Council, a division UNESCO to be listed as “North American Craftsman” in their Gallery of Fiber Arts in the US. Holding a BS in recreational programming from the University of Maryland, she has prepared and presented activities for all ages, working with zoos, libraries, schools, National Parks and more.
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