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 beautiful barrier islands of Chincoteague and Assateague working at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and with the Museum of Chincoteague Island to help conserve the islands’ wildlife, habitats, history and culture. Under the supervision of experts, assist with a variety of projects ranging from repairing and clearing woodland trails and walkways, to cleaning up undeveloped beaches, to preserving historic sites, to working among the Museum’s collection of artifacts and records. You will have opportunities to observe barrier island waterfowl and other wildlife up close, including the herds of wild Chincoteague ponies. Discover the unique culture of this treasured natural barrier island paradise with local experts.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to one half mile at a time over level ground.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Work outdoors on the Refuge among the wild ponies and waterfowl, at island historic sites, or at the Museum of Chincoteague Island, helping to manage its expanding collection of local artifacts.
  • Walk along our pristine beaches helping to clean up cast-off fishing nets and debris deposited by ocean storms, or learn or refresh your carpentry skills while building or repairing walkways and structures throughout the refuge.
  • Enjoy an evening of entertainment by local musicians featuring sea shanties and local lore.
Featured Expert
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Billie Dayton
Billie Dayton, senior service program group leader, 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.

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

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Billie Dayton
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Jenny Somers
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