Chincoteague Service Learning: Preserving Barrier Island Environments
Help preserve and maintain the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge — home to the wild Chincoteague ponies — as you learn about the island’s unique music, culture and lore.
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Program No. 2637RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Spend a week on the barrier islands of Chincoteague and Assateague working at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and the Museum of Chincoteague Island to help conserve the barrier islands’ wildlife and culture. Under the supervision of experts, assist with a variety of projects ranging from planting pollinator gardens, to repairing woodland trails and bridges, to cleaning up undeveloped beaches, to working among the Museum’s collection of artifacts and records. You will have many opportunities to discover the unique culture of this natural paradise while you engage with local carvers, watermen and wildlife experts.
Activity Level
Walking up to one half mile at a time over level ground.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Work outdoors amidst the wild ponies and waterfowl, or at the Museum of Chincoteague Island, helping to manage its expanding collection of local artifacts.
  • Walk along the islands’ undeveloped beaches helping to clean up fishing nets and debris deposited by ocean storms, or learn or refresh your carpentry skills while building walkways and structures throughout the refuge.
  • Enjoy an evening of entertainment featuring sea chanties and local lore of island musicians.
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Billie Dayton
Billie is a Master Naturalist with extensive experience working on the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in hawk-banding and waterfowl surveys. While involved in the falconry projects, she had the opportunity to live in the historic Assateague Coast Guard Station. She and her husband Jim have been full-time Chincoteague Island residents since 2002. Billie is active in many island organizations including the Museum of Chincoteague Island, the Chincoteague Island Cultural Alliance and the Tom’s Cove Visitor’s Center. She is a retired educator and psychotherapist.
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Billie Dayton
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