Getting in/out of vans. Driving approximately 30 minutes each way. Paddling about 6 miles throughout the day.
In the Chincoteague Bay Field Station cafeteria, our staff will present an array of fruits, hot and cold cereals, meats, breads/biscuits, eggs, and pancakes for your choosing. Coffee, tea, water, and a selection of soft drinks are available.
We will depart by field station van for the first paddle on the scenic Pocomoke River. Before heading out onto the water, we will introduce you to the world of kayaking with a brief demonstration of different paddling techniques provided by your leaders. The scenic Pocomoke River snakes through one of the northernmost cypress swamps. We will launch from Snow Hill, MD, but not before we stretch and practice our stroke techniques! Our maiden paddle will focus on developing important skills and technique. In addition, as you paddle, your instructors will provide information about the magnificent flora and fauna you will encounter and share their knowledge of the values and ecology of this unique environment.
We will prepare our lunches prior to departure and enjoy them along the bank of the river. Lunch options will include sandwiches, fruits, chips, and cookies. Please bring a refillable water bottle. Extra water will be supplied by our guides.
The afternoon will be a continuation of the Pocomoke River cypress swamp paddle to the take-out site at the Nassawango Creek headwaters.
In the cafeteria, our dining staff will prepare and serve cafeteria-style meals, with options ranging from a hot meal to a diverse salad bar. Coffee, tea, water, and a selection of soft drinks are available.
We’ll listen to a talk on barrier islands and the natural history, importance, and future of these unique ecosystems. Learn about how one of the world's most biologically productive areas constantly changes as a result of a multitude of collaborative environmental factors.