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Wallops Island
Kayaking the Eastern Shore: The Chesapeake and the Atlantic
Kayak the shores, inlets and wildlife-abundant rivers of coastal Virginia with experts, learning about regional ecosystems and local history as you improve your kayaking technique.
Program No. 2285RJ
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: 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: Please check into the Chincoteague Bay Field Station between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Check in will be held in the Education Center. There will be signs to direct you. Program information, a current schedule, and your name tag will be given out at registration.

Dinner: Get ready for a seafood feast! Sample local crabs and shrimp or if you choose, chicken and portobello mushrooms.

Evening: The first evening will entail introductions, a schedule overview, and gear preparations.

DAY
2
Pocomoke River, Barrier Island Ecology & Tides
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 is at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station cafeteria from 7:30- 8:30 am. Each day will present an array of fruits, hot and cold cereals, meats, breads/biscuits, eggs or pancakes for your choosing.

Morning: Before heading out to the water, we will introduce you to the world of kayaking with a brief demonstraton of different paddling techniques provided by your leaders. Your leaders will also provide additional instruction on nautical safety and orient you to your kayak and equipment. We will depart for the first paddle on the scenic Pocomoke River once everyone is comfortable with their gear. 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.

Lunch: Participants will prepare their lunches prior to departure and enjoy them along the bank of the river. Lunch options will include sandwiches, yogurts, fruits, chips, & cookies. We will provide a refillable water bottle that you can fill with any of our fountain drinks. Extra water will be supplied by your guides.

Afternoon: The afternoon will be a continuation of the Pocomoke River cypress swamp paddle to the take-out site at the Nassawango Creek headwaters.

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

Evening: Barrier islands: 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.

DAY
3
Janes Island State Park, Salt Marsh Ecology
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 is at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station cafeteria from 7:30- 8:30 am. Each day will present an array of fruits, hot and cold cereals, meats, breads/biscuits, eggs or pancakes for your choosing.

Morning: Today's adventure will lead us through Jane’s Island State Park in the Chesapeake Bay. Winding through the small tidal inlets of the salt marsh in our quiet kayaks will provide intimate encounters with egrets, herons and other animals. Learn about the different microhabitats within a marsh, the organisms that spend their lives there, and the reasons we should protect this increasingly endangered environment.

Lunch: Box lunches will be eaten on along the shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Participants will prepare their lunches in the cafeteria before leaving in the morning.

Afternoon: During lunch, your instructors will lead a group discussion about wetlands. The afternoon will be a continuation of the paddle through the winding creeks and guts of the salt marsh.

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

Evening: This evening will be an evening lecture on the different organisms in the area! We will set out the organisms for a fun and interactive talk about the local creatures that are beneath us while we paddle throughout the Eastern Shore.

DAY
4
Pocomoke River State Park, Simon Easton Bay
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 is at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station cafeteria from 7:30- 8:30 am. Each day will present an array of fruits, hot and cold cereals, meats, breads/biscuits, eggs or pancakes for your choosing.

Morning: This half day paddle will allow you to kayak through winding creeks as you cut through some of the northern most bald cypress swamps in the United States. Keep an eye out for a variety of birds, snakes and other wildlife.

Lunch: Lunch will be in the field station’s cafeteria. Help yourself to a hot meal, sandwiches, and a salad bar.

Afternoon: This will be your free afternoon to visit some of the local sites, explore the town of Chincoteague, walk the trails of the Wildlife Refuge, fish, shop, or just relax on Assateague's pristine beach.

Dinner: Dinner will be held after our evening paddle at a local restaurant.

Evening: Before sitting down to dinner, the evening's paddle will lead us through several winding tidal creeks and into a shallow, open bay. Along the way we will get up close to oyster reefs and discuss local culture, history and ecology. This area will also provide exceptional views of wading birds.

DAY
5
Assateague & Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
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 is at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station cafeteria from 7:30- 8:30 am. Each day will present an array of fruits, hot and cold cereals, meats, breads/biscuits, eggs or pancakes for your choosing.

Morning: Today's adventure will take you to Memorial Park, the site of the famous Pony Swim. We will start on the north end of Chincoteague Island and kayak down Assateague Channel. Get great views of the Assateague Lighthouse as you kayak and learn about some of the local history that has shaped the area.

Lunch: Upon reaching Memorial Park, your guides will grill a wonderful lunch spread to fuel you back up after another great paddle.

Afternoon: Head over to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Assateague National Seashore. Wildlife abounds, as you can see herons, egrets, turtles and the endangered Delmarva Fox Squirrel. You will be able to tour the award winning Bateman Visitor's Center on the refuge and the National Park's Toms Cove Visitor's Center.

Dinner: The Eastern Shore is home to some outstanding American fare and seafood restaurants. Your meal will not disappoint at one of these fine eateries.

Evening: This evening we will have a wonderful performance by a local musical group!

DAY
6
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 is at the CBFS cafeteria from 7:30- 8:30 am. Each day will present an array of fruits, hot and cold cereals, meats, breads/biscuits, eggs or pancakes for your choosing.

Morning: After breakfast, check-out and say goodbye to your fellow participants. We'll see you next time!






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