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Road Scholar Programs 

The Museum of Chincoteague Island partners with the Road Scholars organization to offer educational programs of four to six days in length. These programs highlight important aspects of island life and lore. Participants gain a close-up insight and personal view of past and present island events and eras reflective of the museum’s mission.   Led by local guides, historians, artists, craftsmen and naturalists, these programs provide a unique perspective on Chincoteague Island people, culture and heritage. Adult and intergenerational programs are sponsored.

 

Road Scholar Program 18685   

Intergenerational: Misty and the Wild Ponies of Chincoteague

Share a magical adventure with your grandchild on Chincoteague Island, setting of the beloved children’s classic, Misty. Re-live the dream of real life siblings Maureen and Paul Beebe, who worked so hard to buy the wild pony they loved. Follow as your guide takes you into the marshes, woods, and unspoiled beach where the ponies still roam, as well as to other settings in town associated with the inspiring book and movie. Feel the sea breeze in your hair as you walk on Assateague, and capture a feeling of life as it was in a simpler time.

 

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Island Adventure: Chincoteague and Assateague Islands

Come for a taste of island life. Called the beautiful land across the waters by local Native Americans, Chincoteague evokes visions of coastal island charm, ponies, waterfowl and hardworking fisherman and hunters.   This is your opportunity to get to know the special inhabitants of these islands, their unique way of life and their determined independent dedication to this place and their way of living.

 

Road Scholar Program 2005

Lights in the Night, Pirates of the Colonies, and Wild Ponies of Chincoteague Island

What do lighthouses, ponies and pirates all have in common – CHINCOTEAGUE, VIRGINIA!

Come experience firsthand the diversity and highlights of this small island. Embark with our expert guide on a trip to the past as we visit the iconic Assateague Lighthouse (currently in the final stage of restoration), see the rare 1st order Fresnel lens made in France specifically for this lighthouse, and learn more about the demands of being a keeper. Encounter the authentic wild ponies whose origins are still debated, but have thrilled generations of people who cherish the opportunity to see them still running wild. Walk on the beach at Assateague as your guide recreates true tales of the pirates who lurked on these shores. Get to know the local experts in everything from aquaculture to zoology.

 

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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Service Work

Spend a week at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and the Museum of Chincoteague Island taking on a variety of projects to help conserve the barrier islands’ wildlife and culture. Different weeks focus on different projects ranging from building birdhouses and pony fences to collecting stories from lifelong islanders. No matter which date you choose, discover Chincoteague’s unique culture and history as you engage local saltwater cowboys, decoy carvers, and watermen who carry on island traditions and practices.

 

Road Scholar Program 22170

A Family Spring Break in Virginia: Wild Ponies to NASA Rockets 

Spend a week at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and the Museum of Chincoteague Island taking on a variety of projects to help conserve the barrier islands’ wildlife and culture. Different weeks focus on different projects ranging from building birdhouses and pony fences to collecting stories from lifelong islanders. No matter which date you choose, discover Chincoteague’s unique culture and history as you engage local saltwater cowboys, decoy carvers, and watermen who carry on island traditions and practices.