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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
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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 Chincoteague Bay Field Station Education Center from 3:00-5:00 PM. Welcome to the program, group introductions and orientation.

Dinner: Dinner will be served in the Chincoteague Bay Field Station 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: Meet your group leaders and fellow participants and talk about what to expect from your week at Chincoteague Bay Field Station.

DAY
2
National Wildlife Refuge & Speaker, Island Visit, Campfire
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 cafeteria after our morning meeting at 7:30. 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 one of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge's educational staff talk about the refuge system and the unique qualities of the Chincoteague Refuge. Visit the refuge's impressive visitor's center.

Lunch: Find out if ecologists can grill as your leaders heat up some burgers at the beach!

Afternoon: Take a bus tour of Chincoteague NWR's Service Road, a restricted access road that goes into the northern part of the refuge. The Service Road area is home to the majority of the wild ponies living on the island and views are spectacular. Spend the afternoon pony and bird watching.

Dinner: Dinner will be in the Chincoteague Bay Field Station cafeteria.

Evening: Enjoy an evening of traditional campfire fare. Chincoteague Bay Field Station staff will entertain with a variety of fun skits and audience participation camp songs. Top off the night with a delicious s'more snack.

DAY
3
Intertidal Lecture &Trip, Saltmarsh Ecology, Equipment Demo.
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 cafeteria after our morning meeting at 7:30. 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: Learn about the tides, the changes that occur in the Intertidal Zone, and the effect that it has on the critters who live in these environments. Travel out to Assateague Island for a fieldtrip to collect creatures using seine nets and sieve boxes.

Lunch: Lunch is 12:00 - 1:00 pm in the Chincoteague Bay Field Station cafeteria

Afternoon: Learn how wetlands function and why they are so important to the environment as a whole through an in-lab discussion led by a Chincoteague Bay Field Station ecologist. Travel out to the salt marsh to experience and learn about this environment first hand. Experience the productivity of the salt marsh by taking a dip in the mud.

Dinner: Dinner is from 5:15 to 6:15 pm in the Chincoteague Bay Field Station cafeteria

Evening: A lecture on the equipment and techniques current scientists use in order to test water quality, tidal current properties and water sampling. Learn how to collect organisms using an otter trawl. We will put this talk to use on our monitor (flat-bottomed) boat research cruise.

DAY
4
Research Vessel Trip, Free Time, Movie Night
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 cafeteria after our morning meeting at 7:30. 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: Venture out into the tidal creeks on a monitor vessel to collect data and creatures. Put your new knowledge to use doing water sampling, water quality tests, tidal current property measurements and collect organisms using an otter trawl.

Lunch: Lunch is 12:00 - 1:00 pm in the Chincoteague Bay Field Station cafeteria

Afternoon: This is a free afternoon to visit some of the local sites, explore the quaint town of Chincoteague, walk the trails of the Wildlife Refuge, or just sit on the beach reading a novel.

Dinner: Dinner is 5:15 - 6:15 pm in the Chincoteague Bay Field Station cafeteria

Evening: Enjoy the classic film "Misty of Chincoteague" as you relax for the evening.

DAY
5
Dune Ecology, Organism Lab, Talent Show & Skit Night
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 cafeteria after our morning meeting at 7:30. 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: An in-lab discussion, led by a Chincoteague Bay Field Station ecologist, talking about barrier island formation and the unique pattern of life found on these islands. A field trip to the sand dunes of Wallops Island NASA base will allow you to see a pristine environment. This island is closed to the public, so this opportunity, exclusive to Chincoteague Bay Field Station, is a chance to see a natural beach ecosystem. While in the field learn about dune succession and collect shells.

Lunch: Lunch is 12:00 - 1:00 pm in the Chincoteague Bay Field Station cafeteria.

Afternoon: Get a closer look at the organisms collected all week long during our organism lab. Help identify the organisms and learn more about their interesting characteristics.

Dinner: Get ready for a last night feast! Sample local crabs, with shrimp, corn, sausage and potatoes, or if you choose chicken or portobello mushrooms.

Evening: Talent show and skit night! Bring along your guitar or favorite song to teach the group. Campers will perform lively skits taught to them by camp staff.

DAY
6
Certificate Presentation, Memory Craft, 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 Chincoteague Bay Field Station cafeteria after the morning meeting at 7:30 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: It's time to check out and remember all the fun of the week! Hear from fellow participants and share what you've learned and your favorite activity. Create a craft project to remember your week at CBFS. Watch a Slideshow of pictures from the week. Morning activity ends around 10:30 am. Departure from the CBFS is afterwards.