Wallops Island
Share a Marine Science Adventure With Your Family
Explore and learn about marine environments as you study a prehistoric horseshoe crab, sail a research vessel, visit pristine islands and raise the jib on this family coastal adventure.
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Program No. 21007RJ
6 days
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Getting There
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At a Glance

Why’s the ocean blue? Is a sponge actually alive? Have questions like these answered when you share a week of fun exploration and learning on this family adventure. This course offers a chance for hands-on excitement as together you analyze creek water, pull in a net full of wriggling creatures or examine the life in a drop of sea water. Visit the picturesque Chincoteague and Assateague Islands, learn about local history and legends and experience firsthand the delicacy and beauty of these coastal environments.
Activity Level
Walking up to a half-mile over varied terrain, through water; getting on/off bus.
Family Programs
Share your love of learning with your family. These programs are designed for any combination of generations: grandparents, aunts, uncles, parents and children.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Go close up on the prehistoric horseshoe crab to explore this amazing creature’s significance to modern medicine.
  • Here’s something to sniff at: Learn how to identify a pig fish and smell productive salt marshes.
  • Climb aboard a research vessel to cruise through a beautiful salt marsh and take part in an otter trawl to collect fascinating marine organisms.

General Notes

This is a Family program for participants, their adult children and grandchildren ages 9 and up. For a comparable intergenerational adventure for just grandparents and grandchildren, check out program #2579!
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