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.
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Keep the Pace
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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Jenny Somers
Jenny Somers is a native of Chincoteague Island, able to trace her family line back to the original settlers on the island in the 1600's. Jenny's father and generations before him have worked on the water; thus, Jenny grew up with a knowledge of Chincoteague and Assateague Islands that few can match. An architect by trade, she’s worked on Assateague Island as an interpreter for over thirty years. Her knowledge and love of wildlife has led her to be a passionate falconer and bander.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Jenny Somers
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