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 indigenous basketry forms throughout the world 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. In addition to learning basket weaving, gain a special appreciation through field trips and lectures for the island ecology and what’s being done to protect this fragile and ever-changing habitat.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to a mile on uneven ground.
Small Group
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 and pine needle baskets from scratch.
  • Learn about the ecology of Wallops Island, a restricted-access beach owned by NASA, and Assateague Island, a national park and wildlife refuge.
  • Enjoy a traditional Chesapeake Bay boil, a family style, succulent seafood feast.

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 single room to yourself for only $100 more (for many programs). 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.
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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.

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

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