Road Scholar Programs
The Museum of Chincoteague Island partners with the Road Scholar organization to offer educational programs of four to six days in length. These programs highlight important aspects of Island life and lore. Participants gain close-up insight and personal views 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.
Road Scholar Program 2005RJ
Chincoteague: Lighthouses, Wild Ponies and Pirates – 6 day / 5 night
Chincoteague Island, Virginia’s only inhabited barrier island, retains the aura of a waterside village of years past. Discover the island’s exceptional history from its earliest settlers to today — a story that includes maritime events, pirate lore and Chincoteague’s surprising role in the Civil War. Travel to the adjacent Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, rich in wildlife, waterfowl and natural habitats, and see its iconic Assateague Lighthouse, explore nature trails and stroll its pristine seashore. Observe the herds of wild Chincoteague ponies that still roam the marshes and beaches of the Refuge and were forever memorialized in Marguerite Henry’s timeless classic novel “Misty of Chincoteague.”
Road Scholar Program 10545RJ
Island Adventure: Discover Chincoteague and Assateague Islands – 4 day / 3 night
Come for a taste of barrier island life! Tucked away on the Eastern Shore of Virginia is one of the most special places on the East Coast, evoking visions of unspoiled coastal island charm and serving as the gateway to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, the second most visited wildlife refuge in the U.S. Enjoy a small plates dinner featuring historic island recipes that are paired with wine while sitting with views of the water. Listen as a local artist explains how our spectacular vistas and beautiful wildlife inspire her, and observe her technique as she creates a waterfowl painting as she speaks. Learn about the island’s rich history as you explore the exhibits at the Museum of Chincoteague Island.
Road Scholar Program 22788RJ
Misty of Chincoteague: An Island Adventure with Your Family – 6 day / 5 night
Chincoteague is a magical island, where herds of wild ponies run free, bottlenose dolphins play in quiet coves nearby and eagles soar over marshes teaming with marine critters. Chincoteague has fascinated children for generations, thanks to the island’s most famous resident in history: Misty the wild pony and the main character in a famous children’s book (and movie). Learn Misty’s story as you and your family visit her home, and get up close to the wild ponies of today. Visit restricted areas of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, and explore the back trails on a leisurely paced bicycle ride. Play and swim at one of the longest undeveloped shorelines on the Atlantic coast, and meet park rangers as you collect marsh specimens. Plus, visit the NASA Visitor Center on Wallops Island to find out about the rockets that launch there! **NASA visit is contingent upon them re-opening to the public.
Road Scholar Program 18685RJ
Misty of Chincoteague: An Island Adventure with Your Grandchild – 6 day / 5 night
Chincoteague is a magical island, where herds of wild ponies run free, bottlenose dolphins play in quiet coves nearby and eagles soar over marshes teaming with marine critters. Chincoteague has fascinated children for generations, thanks to the island’s most famous resident in history: Misty the wild pony and the main character in a famous children’s book (and movie). Learn Misty’s story as you and your grandchild visit her home, and get up close to the wild ponies of today. Visit restricted areas of the wildlife refuge on the island, and play and swim at one of the longest undeveloped shorelines on the Atlantic coast. Meet park rangers as you collect marsh specimens and learn how oysters and clams grow. Plus, visit the NASA Visitor Center on Wallops Island to find out about the rockets that launch there! **NASA visit contingent on them re-opening to visitors.
Road Scholar Program 2637RJ
Chincoteague Service Learning: Preserving Barrier Island Environments – 6 day / 5 night
Spend a week on the beautiful barrier islands of Chincoteague and Assateague working at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company’s pony care properties, the Beebe Ranch 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.
Road Scholar Program 23441RJ
A Hands-On, Sea-to-Table Extravaganza on Chincoteague Island – 6 day / 5 night
The coastal waters surrounding Chincoteague Island off Virginia’s Atlantic coast were once known for their salty oysters until overfishing nearly depleted the harvest during the 19th century. Today, a new “aquaculture” industry is emerging as the famous oysters known as the “Chincoteague Salts” return. Local waters also offer excellent grounds for clamming and crabbing, and sea-to-table restaurants abound for enjoying these bountiful harvests. During this hands-on seafood extravaganza, get your feet wet as you join local shellfishers and crabbers to hunt for clams, oysters and the famous blue crab, and head to the kitchen with experienced chefs to learn how to make historic and modern Chincoteague dishes. Along the way, learn about the re-emerging aquaculture industry and from those who live it, and find out about the challenges faced by those who work on the water.