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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
Length
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: Field station check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Come to the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your room assignment, name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, other important information, and to confirm when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: In the field station cafeteria, we will enjoy a plated dinner, ranging from hot meals to a salad bar, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages rotated daily.

Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This is a Road Scholar Intergenerational program. Grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff will supervise. Children are never to be left unsupervised. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

DAY
2
National Wildlife Refuge, Island Visit, Campfire
Wallops Island
B,L,D
Chincoteague Bay Field Station

Activity note: Getting on/off field station buses, walking less than a quarter mile over wet, muddy, and/or sandy terrain.

Breakfast: In the field station cafeteria, we will enjoy a plated meal with the choice of fruits, hot and cold cereals, meats, breads, biscuits, eggs or pancakes, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages rotated daily.

Morning: We will hear one of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge's educational staff talk about the refuge system and the unique qualities of the refuge at the impressive Bateman Visitor Center

Lunch: We will enjoy a cook-out on the beach, including grilled burgers and hot dogs.

Afternoon: From the refuge center, we will take a ride by field station bus down the refuge's Service Road, a restricted access road that goes north, to the home of the majority of the wild ponies living on the island and where spectacular views await. We’ll spend the afternoon watching ponies and the birds of the island, including the piping plover and the brown pelican.

Dinner: Plated field station cafeteria dinner.

Evening: Especially for kids: We’ll enjoy an evening of traditional campfire fare with a variety of fun skits from field station staff and camp songs we can all participate in. We’ll top off the night with delicious s'mores!

DAY
3
Intertidal Class & Trip, Saltmarsh Ecology
Wallops Island
B,L,D
Chincoteague Bay Field Station

Activity note: Getting on/off field station buses, walking less than a quarter mile over wet, muddy, and/or sandy terrain.

Breakfast: Plated field station cafeteria breakfast.

Morning: At the field station with our group leader, we will 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. We’ll then travel out to Assateague Island by field station bus for a field trip to collect creatures using seine nets and sieve boxes. We will then return to the field station.

Lunch: Plated field station cafeteria lunch.

Afternoon: We’ll learn how wetlands function and why they are so important to the environment during an in-lab discussion led by a Chincoteague Bay Field Station ecologist. Following this, we’ll travel out to the salt marsh to experience and learn about this environment first hand. Especially for kids: We will experience the productivity of the saltmarsh by taking a dip in the mud. We’ll then return to the field station.

Dinner: Plated field station cafeteria dinner.

Evening: At the field station, we will receive training as a marine biologist and prepare ourselves for a fun and informative boat trip tomorrow, with an orientation of the equipment and scientific we’ll use out on the water.

DAY
4
Research Vessel Trip, Free Time, Social
Wallops Island
B,L,D
Chincoteague Bay Field Station

Activity note: Getting on/off field station buses, walking less than a quarter mile over wet, muddy, and/or sandy terrain.

Breakfast: Plated field station cafeteria breakfast.

Morning: This morning we’ll venture out into the tidal creeks on a monitor vessel. We’ll put your new knowledge to use doing water sampling, water quality tests, tidal current property measurements and collect organisms using an otter trawl.

Lunch: Plated field station cafeteria lunch.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: Plated field station cafeteria dinner.

Evening: Grandparents will enjoy some adult time with a wine and cheese social. Especially for Kids: Grandchildren will practice with staff for the upcoming talent show.

DAY
5
Dune Ecology Lecture & Field Trip, Organism Lab, Talent Show
Wallops Island
B,L,D
Chincoteague Bay Field Station

Activity note: Getting on/off field station buses, walking less than a quarter mile over wet, muddy, and/or sandy terrain.

Breakfast: Plated field station cafeteria breakfast.

Morning: We will enjoy an in-lab discussion about barrier island formation and the unique pattern of life found these islands, led by a Chincoteague Bay Field Station ecologist. We’ll then go on a field trip to the pristine environment of the sand dunes of Wallops Island NASA base. 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 we’ll learn about dune succession and collect shells. Afterwards, we’ll return to the field station for lunch.

Lunch: Plated field station cafeteria lunch.

Afternoon: Especially for Kids: We’ll get a closer look at the organisms collected all week during our organism lab to help identify them and learn more about their interesting characteristics.

Dinner: Get ready for a seafood feast! Outside the cafeteria, we will sample local crabs and shrimp, or, if you choose, chicken and portobello mushrooms. It’s a traditional Chesapeake boil!

Evening: Talent show and skit night! Bring along a guitar or favorite song to teach the group. Especially for Kids: We’ll perform lively skits taught by camp staff.

DAY
6
Closing & Crafts, Program Concludes
Wallops Island
B

Activity note: Field station check-out by 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Plated field station cafeteria breakfast.

Morning: After breakfast and check-out, we’ll hear from fellow participants and share what we've learned and our favorite activity. We’ll watch a slideshow of pictures from the week. Especially for Kids: We will create a craft project to remember our week at CBFS. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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