The Marine Science Consortium Wallops Island, VA
2012 Course Catalog
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Message from the Consortium’s Executive Director We are proud to invite you to the Marine Science Consortium this year for a wide array of fascinating programs. Each year we welcome thousands of participants from all over the country to our campus to embark on a marine science adventure. Our mission is to educate folks about the unique mid-Atlantic coastal region and this year’s calendar is full of opportunities that will entice a broad range of interests. Whether you are a teacher looking for hands-on learning opportunities for your students, a college faculty member seeking the perfect field site, or someone with a personal interest in marine biology, birding, kayaking, photography, maritime history or more, we have it all right at our finger tips here on the Eastern Shore. Our coastal location helps us give visitors the kind of experiences they’ll be talking about for years to come. We are located near a wealth of ecologically significant and environmentally rich habitats, such as productive saltmarshes, pristine barrier beaches, peaceful cypress swamps, and sheltering maritime forests. At the Marine Science Consortium we don’t just teach about the environment, we explore it. After all, we are all about being “hands-on, and feetwet”. The Eastern Shore is a treasure. Visitors to this isolated area are able to participate in a culture and lifestyle that has long been forgotten in other parts of the country. A day of biking here can take you clear across the peninsula, from ocean to bay, past century-old farms and Victorian style homes. In the evening, hear a lecture on local history, or relax to the maritime tunes of local musicians. Our 30 acre campus is also a treasure with green buildings and sweeps of lawn punctuated by native hackberry trees. The Education Center, is a hub of activity where school children, college students, and adults of all ages create an exciting educational atmosphere in classrooms equipped with microscopes, aquaria, and touch tanks to get a closer look at organisms collected in the field. We hope you will join us this year as we celebrate this region’s nature and stories through our educational programs. Whatever you do at The Marine Science Consortium you can be assured of an experience that connects you with the unique nature and culture on our mid-Atlantic coast and leaves you with a lasting sense of wonder. Naturally,
Amber L. Parker Executive Director
Phone (757) 824-5636
Letter from the Director
Adult Workshops and Courses
About the MSC
Youth Summer Camps and Day Camps APRIL 5, 6, 9
JULY Spring Break Day Camp
Sea Squirts Day Camp
Budding Marine Biologist Camp
Dangerous Creatures and Ocean Predators Camp Junior Naturalist Camp
29– Aug 3 Intermediate Kayaking Coastal Oceanography Camp
Budding Marine Biologist Camp II
Budding Naturalist Summer Camp
Marine Adventure Science Day Camp
Beg. Kayaking Camp
Focus on Fishes Camp
Budding Marine Biologist Camp- 3 day
Coastal Mammals Camp
Marine Science Adventure Day Camp
29- Aug 3 Marine Invertebrates Camp 30– Aug 3 Sea Squirts Day Camp
Family Programs and Adventure Camps 9-11
Homeschoolers Marine Science Adventure
Homeschoolers Marine Science Adventure
Daddy and Me Marine Science Weekend Grandparent / Grandchild Summer Camp
4th of July Weekend Family Camp
Fintastic Fish Workshop Grandparent / Grandchild Summer Camp Marsh Mysteries Workshop
Grandparent / Grandchild Summer Camp
Incredible Inverts Workshop
Grandparent / Grandchild Summer Camp
Homeschoolers Marine Science Adventure
Homeschoolers Returners Marine Science Adventure
Boy Scout Merit Badge Weekend
Nature Journaling for Kids
Grandparent / Grandchild Summer Camp
31–Sept 3 Family Adventure Camp
Phone (757) 824-5636
Adult Courses and Workshops APRIL 27-29
7-10 21-24 26
Beginner to Intermediate - Digital Nature Photography Workshop Bicycling the Eastern Shore of Virginia Bicycling the Eastern Shore of Virginia Native American Tools and Flint Knapping Workshop
Kayaking the Eastern Shore: The Chesapeake and Atlantic
Digital Photography Day Workshop
Kayaking the Eastern Shore: The Chesapeake and Atlantic Discover the Islands of Virginia’s Eastern Shore Wild Ponies, Culture and History of Virginia’s Eastern Shore Eastern Shore Kayaking and Cycling Adventure Kayaking the Eastern Shore: The Chesapeake and Atlantic
29– May4 Birding Virginia’s Eastern Shore
28-Oct 1 30-Oct 5
27–June 1 Adventures in Coastal Kayaking
Nature Journaling Workshop Discover the Islands of Virginia’s Eastern Shore Bicycling the Eastern Shore of Virginia Basketry Workshop Wild Ponies, Culture and History of Virginia’s Eastern Shore Native American Tools and Flint Knapping Workshop
NOVEMBER 5-8 7-11
Bicycling the Eastern Shore of Virginia Intermediate to Advanced- Digital Nature Photography Workshop Winter Birding Colloquium
Kayaking the Eastern Shore: The Chesapeake and Atlantic
29-Sept 3 Build Your Own Skin on Frame Kayak Workshop
Summer Programs at the Marine Science Consortium give campers the opportunity to investigate beaches, marshes, and mud flats as they explore the amazing variety of life in and around the Chesapeake Bay. We have great counselors with a low camper/staff ratio to assure safety and personal attention. Along with educational marine-based lessons and activities, campers participate in a variety of arts and crafts, games, and many other traditional camp activities. Fees for weeklong summer camps are $599. Fees for 3-day summer camps are $299. Camp fees include instruction, meals, lodging, research cruises, and materials.
Budding Marine Biologist Residential Camp
These camps are for students who have completed grades 4-6 and are new to the worlds of biology and summer camp. Campers explore coastal habitats, interact with marine and terrestrial creatures and spend the evenings enjoying traditional summer camp activities. Budding Marine Biologists I and II: June 24-29 and July 8-13 Explore the variety of barrier island environments, ranging from sandy beaches to protected wetlands. Come face-to-face with many of the wondrous marine organisms that call Chincoteague, Assateague, and Wallops Islands home. Collect plants and animals to observe and identify during interactive lab sessions aboard one of the Consortium's research vessels . Budding Marine Biologists 3-Day: August 5-8 (fee is $299) Many of the same great camp experiences as our full week Budding Marine Biologist Camp, but for fewer nights! Great for first time campers who donâ€™t want to spend a full week at camp. Budding Naturalist Camp: July 8-July 13 Do you spend your days exploring the great outdoors, peering under rocks and logs looking for the cool organisms that call those places home? Explore the many habitats of the Eastern Shore, from inland cypress swamps to the beach. You'll take a cruise to collect organisms on one of our vessels, hike through the maritime forest, and more! Record it all in your own hand-made nature journal.
Phone (757) 824-5636
Junior Marine Biologist Residential Camps Ages 13-15 These courses are for students who have completed grades 7-9 and are interested in learning about selected topics in biology, ecology, and the natural world. Focus on Fishes : July 15-20 There’s nothing fishy about this great opportunity! Ever wondered exactly how fish affect their ecosystems and how ecosystems impact fish? Or how people and fish influence each other? During this camp, participants answer these questions as they discover the world of fish through hands on activities like a collecting trip on our research vessel, seining and sieving for organisms in tidal creeks, and more! Beginner’s Kayaking Camp July 15-20 See the Shore from a new perspective! Paddle through areas only accessible by kayak, visit our salt marshes, secluded beaches and more during this week-long adventure. Participants will split their time between campus classrooms and the great outdoor classrooms of Eastern Shore waterways. They also get to trade in their kayaks for a ½ day boat trip on one of our research vessels to collect marine plants and animals. Campers learn proper paddling instruction and nautical skills, so this course is perfect for beginners! Dangerous Creatures and Ocean Predators: July 1-6 It all comes down to food! Whether self-protection is their main priority or outsmarting and overwhelming the defenses of others is more their style, most dangerous creatures are the way they are because of the food chain. Throughout the week, explore areas of Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology to determine what it takes to survive the jaws and talons of some of nature’s most finely tuned predators. Junior Naturalist: July 1-6 Are you the type of kid who likes to turn over every rock and log to see what’s underneath? Then this is the camp for you! Explore the many habitats of the Eastern Shore and learn about the plants and animals that call this unique region home. Kayak in one of the northernmost Cyprus swamps, take a cruise on one of our research vessels, hike through the maritime forest, bird-watch at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, and more! We’ll explore on a microscopic scale as well – have you ever seen a copepod? Do you even know what a copepod is? This is your chance to find out! Coastal Mammals: July 22-27 Dolphins, ponies, squirrels, oh my! The Eastern Shore is home to a unique collection of mammals, including bottle-nosed dolphins, the endangered Delmarva Fox Squirrel, and the famous wild ponies of Assateague Island. During this camp, participants will learn the basics of mammalogy and how mammals survive and interact in the coastal and marine habitats of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Set live-traps for small mammals on the MSC campus, learn how to identify dolphins for dolphin research, and take home your very own mammal skull. Intermediate Kayaking Camp: July 29 - August 3 Embark on a week of kayaking that will put you up close and personal with the diverse ecology of the Atlantic coastal shore, including flora and fauna of the salt marshes, brackish bays, cypress swamps, and secluded beaches. Use field guides to identify animals and plants in the field and create your own coastal field journal to take home. Using scientific sampling and observation equipment, you will engage in remote, hands-on science like never before. This camp is for the more advanced kayaker. If you have been kayaking before, know the basics and are comfortable being in a kayak for most of the day, then this camp is perfect for you!
Aspiring Marine Biologist Residential Camps
These courses are designed for high school students who have completed grades 10-12 and are looking for in-depth exposure to an area within the field of marine biology. Participants in these programs are engaged in educational activities throughout most of the day and evenings. During each in-depth course, students will have the opportunity to meet with a college professor and college students taking classes on the MSC campus.
It was really fun! I learned a ton and the counselors were AWESOME!! I’m going to come back next year. - Summer Camper ‘11 Ichthyology: July 15-20 Fascinated by fishes? Then this is the program for you! Participants will spend an entire week studying fish and attempting to answer all the “How DO they do that?” questions about fishes. Use seines to collect fish from various habitats, and then try your hand at using an otter trawl aboard the research vessels. Using the local fishes we’ve collected as an example, we will then illustrate the morphological adaptations, anatomy, physiology, and systems of this major vertebrate group. Field collections will also provide an opportunity to observe the relationships of these animals to their biotic and physical environment. Marine Invertebrates: July 29-August 3 Attention Vertebrates! A stunning 97% of the world's organisms lack a backbone! If you are interested in spineless marine creatures, such as squid, blue crabs, and sea stars, then this program is perfect for you. Participants will discover the remarkable life history, behavior, development, physiology, and anatomy of the main phyla of invertebrates. We place special emphasis on coastal Atlantic marine species. Fieldwork and laboratory time will focus on collection and identification of local invertebrates, with opportunities for behavioral experimentation. Intermediate Kayaking Camp: July 29 - August 3 Embark on a week of kayaking that will put you up close and personal with the diverse ecology that the Atlantic coastal shore has to offer, including flora and fauna of the salt marshes, brackish bays, cypress swamps, and secluded beaches. Using scientific sampling and observation equipment, you will engage in remote, hands-on science like never before. This camp is for the more advanced kayaker. If you have been kayaking before and know the basics then this camp is perfect for you!
Phone (757) 824-5636
The Marine Science Consortium offers Day Camps for children ages 5-11. Camps are held during spring and summer school breaks. These camps are fun and interactive marine science based classes. Each camp day has a different coastal theme. Kids play games, do crafts, take field trips and do activities based around the theme of the day. Day camp weeks are divided by age range. Lunch and snacks are included. Space is limited.
Camp Activities Include • Seining/dip netting • Nature trail hikes • Scientific field journals • Marine Science Boat Trip • Field trips to discover coastal environments • Live animal interactions • Beach exploration • Camp-themed crafts
Spring Break Camp 5-11 yrs old - Cost: $25– $30 per day Dates: April 5th, 6th, and 9th Spring Break Camp is a great way to ramp up the fun during the mid-semester break! The Marine Science Consortium is offering Spring Break Camps for students ages 5-11 years old. Sea Squirts Summer Day Camp 5-8 yrs old - Cost: $195.00 Dates: June 18-22 and July 30—August 3 A week of Fun with Nature! This camp focuses on hands-on nature education. Kids will learn, laugh and play games during this unforgettable week! This camp will increase your child's understanding of the natural world through well supervised, fun & engaging environmental education programs and dynamic outdoor activities. Marine Science Summer Day Camp 9-11 yrs old - Cost: $240 Dates: July 9-13 and August 6-10 Science was never this much fun! These camps focus on getting kids excited about marine science and coastal ecosystems and emphasize hands-on exploration! Campers will get their feet wet dip netting and seining in Tom’s Cove estuary, collect tiny plankton and observe them under the microscope, investigate the beach, and learn about sand and sea shells. Venture into our coastal ecosystems during this week of exciting, hands-on scientific discovery!
Spend time with the family, explore new environments, and learn about our amazing natural world while The Marine Science Consortium does the organization and planning for you! The Marine Science Consortium offers a variety of family programs and camps that explore the natural history of our coastal and marine environments through hands-on learning. Families can throw a trawl net and collect marine creatures on an ocean research vessel, explore marine habitats, kayak through tidal creeks, walk knee deep in marsh mud and enjoy the sun on a barrier island beach. Wild Ponies, egrets and horseshoe crabs await you!
" This has been one of the best family vacations we have ever had! The activities are so diverse and the staff so friendly that the kids are already talking about coming back next year." - Family camp 2011 participant Highlights of Family Camp
Marine Science Boat Trips (ages 9 and Up)
Games and activities
Arts and Crafts
Holiday grill out
Fun Field Trips Visit to Wallops NASA Facility
as a family
And Much Much More!
Phone (757) 824-5636
Family Adventure Camp Family Camps at The Marine Science Consortium are an ideal way for your family to get away, unwind, and enjoy a holiday weekend on the beautiful coastal islands of the Eastern Shore of Virginia! Spend time with your family discovering and learning about the world of marine science. We currently offer two Family Camps over the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends and one week long extended option during the first week of August. This could be the perfect opportunity for a midsummer or end of the summer getaway for your family. We provide the meals and activities, so your family can focus on new experiences, share stories and laugh together in a relaxed outdoor atmosphere. You will not regret the decision, and your family will thank you over and over again!
July 4th Week Long Family Camp Ages 9 and up
Labor Day Weekend Family Camp All Ages
WEEKLONG SESSION: 4th of July July 1-6, 2012
WEEKEND SESSION : Labor Day August 31 - September 3, 2012
WEEK LONG FAMILY CAMP TUITION PRICE $ 399 per person
WEEKEND FAMILY CAMP TUITION PRICE Adult (19+) $275 per person Teen (13-18) $250 per person Youth (9-12) $225 per person Child (5-8) $175per person Young Child (3-4) $75 per person Infant (0-2) Free
Fees are per person and all-inclusive. This includes all Activities, Housing, Meals, Seafood Feast, Family Portrait and Camp T-shirt
Daddy and Me Weekend Do something different with the family this year. Celebrate Father’s Day with the MSC! Spend time with the family and learn about amazing and unique coastal environments. This weekend will include fun activities such as trawling on the boat, a marsh fieldtrip, intertidal seining, NASA visit, nature hikes and a range of fun family activities. Program Cost : $140 per person Program Dates : 06/15/2012-06/17/2012
Boy Scout Merit Badge Weekend This is a weekend-long course to give Scouts all the necessary knowledge and skills to complete the requirements for the 1 of 3 offered merit badges. Badges offered this weekend are Oceanography, Environmental Science and Nature. Program cost covers lodging , instruction, meals and materials. Program Cost : $105 per person Program Dates : 10/12/2012-10/14/2012
Family Fun Fridays in July These day workshops are for curious children and their inquisitive guardians. Kids will discover the unique marine habitats of the Eastern Shore and the interesting creatures that live in them. Classes include hands-on activities, games, fieldwork and active observation of Marine Animals! Please visit our website or call for program cost and additional information. 07/06/2012 - Fintastic Fish 07/13/2012- Marsh Mysteries 07/20/2012- Incredible Inverts 08/03/2012- Nature Journaling for Kids
Share a Marine Science Adventure with your Grandchild - Family Camp Road Scholar® (Elderhostel ) Program # 2579 Why is the ocean blue? Is a sponge actually alive? Have questions like these and others answered when you come spend a week of fun exploration and learning with your grandchild. This course offers a chance for hands-on excitement as together you analyze creek water, pull in a net full of wriggling creatures or examine the life in a drop of sea water. Visit picturesque Chincoteague and Assateague Islands, learn about local history and legends and experience first hand the delicacy and beauty of these coastal environments. Whether it’s learning how to identify a Pig Fish or smelling productive salt marshes, you’ll learn something about local marine ecology and even more about each other. This programs is for those ages 9 or Better. This is a Road Scholar® (Elderhostel) course held at the Marine Science Consortium. In order to register Call 1-800-454-5768 or 1-(877)426-8056 or go to http://www.roadscholar.org/ and choose Registration Info to register online. Road Scholar programs are all-inclusive. From lectures and field trips to gratuities and accommodations, the price you pay up front is the price you pay. Program Cost: starts at $399. Program Dates 06/24/2012-06/29/2012 07/08/2012-07/13/2012 07/15/2012-07/20/2012 07/29/2012-08/03/2012 08/05/2012-08/10/2012
Phone (757) 824-5636
Homeschooler Marine Adventure Don't have a laboratory in your basement or an oceanic research vessel in your backyard? Donâ€™t worry, here at the Marine Science Consortium we understand the challenges parents face when they teach science in the home. The Marine Science Consortium is your resource for bridging the gap between marine science curriculum and student understanding. Our Homeschoolers Workshops are tailored for the budding Marine Biologist in your home. Our workshops provide hands-on observation of marine environments and life forms as well as time to socialize with other young marine biologists. This is a 2-day Marine Science Adventure course just for Homeschoolers held at the Marine Science Consortium campus. The bays, marshes, beaches, and maritime forests of Virginia's Eastern Shore are The Marine Science Consortium's classroom. The course is all inclusive and includes meals, lodging, supplies, activities and fieldtrips. This program is for students ages 9-15 and their families. Both parents are welcome to attend with their homeschooled student(s). Younger siblings may also attend and participate in all program pieces except the research cruise field trip because of age restrictions. Programs Dates: 05/09/2012-05/11/2012 06/06/2012-06/08/2012 09/19/2012-09/21/2012 Returning Homeschoolers Course 10/03/2012- 10/06/2012 (Visit website for pricing) Program Cost: $130 per child age 9-15 $110 first parent/chaperone $130 additional parent/chaperones $130- siblings age 3-8 Free- siblings age 2 and under
The Marine Science Consortium offers a variety of adult day classes and weekend workshops that explore the natural history of our coastal and marine environments through hands-on learning. Whether you choose to peddle and paddle your way across the bucolic landscape of the Eastern Shore, build your own kayak, or photograph the natural wonders of the area, you are sure to have an experience that will inform your life and instill a lasting sense of wonder.
Eastern Shore Kayaking and Cycling Adventure Get ready for an active adventure as you cycle and paddle your way across the beautiful landscape of the Eastern Shore! Explore the Eastern Shore by bicycle and by kayak. This weekend adventure will take you along beautiful back-country roads and gorgeous wild rivers. A day long bike ride will take participants onto the barrier islands of Chincoteague and Assateague. Spend the second day exploring the magnificent Pocomoke River by kayak! The last morning will be spent taking a research cruise through one of the most productive ecosystems on earth. Participants will trawl to sample the myriad organisms found in the estuaries surrounding Chincoteague. Participants are encouraged to bring their own hybrid or road bike, helmet and rain gear. Rentals are available for an additional fee by contacting the MSC. Program Date: 09/28/2012 - 10/01/2012 Program Cost: $335 per person
One Day Photography Workshop These one day courses are led by nature photographer Nikhil Bahl. Nikhil is an educator, author, lecturer and workshop instructor. His goal is to inspire people to appreciate the splendor of nature by becoming aware of that which is easily overlooked and by transforming the mundane into the exciting through contemplative and artistic interpretation. While his primary aim is to create art with his photographs, he also strives to document the natural world with an eye toward conservation and education. Nikhilâ€™s instruction is focused on in-camera interpretation and developing personal vision. The hands-on instruction is targeted to improve your photographic vision and technique while the instant feedback accelerates the learning process. Program Date: 09/08/2012 Program Cost: $199 per person
Phone (757) 824-5636
Digital Nature & Wildlife Photography Workshop The Digital Nature and Wildlife Photography Workshops offered through the Marine Science Consortium are tailored for the beginner through advanced level photographer. These courses are for those with an interest in unique ecosystems and in creating inspiring imagery with particular consideration for conservation and the environment. Workshops are small and are therefore tailored to the unique skill set of each individual. Workshop cost includes all instruction, transportation to field sites, meals and lodging. Workshops are led by photographer Jim Clark. A contributing editor for Outdoor Photographer Magazine, Jim’s articles and images have also appeared in magazines such as Nature’s Best, Defenders, Wildlife Refuge, Wonderful West Virginia, Birder’s World, Country, Photo Media, and Wild Bird. In addition Jim has written several books and is the past President of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA). For more than thirty -six years, Jim has used his photography, writing, speaking, and teaching to inspire and motivate others. A naturalist first and foremost, Jim’s workshops always include a bit of natural history. He believes the more you know about your subject, the more your photography will stand out from the others. Both in the field and the classroom, Jim is a knowledgeable teacher and workshop leader. He works on a personal level to develop an artistic, informative, and enjoyable learning environment. Beginner to Intermediate Course Program Date: 05/04/2012-05/07/2012 Program Cost: $695/person Intermediate to Advanced Program Date: 11/07/2012-11/11/2012 Program Cost: $845/person
Skin-on-Frame Kayak Building Workshop Have you been captivated by the historical roots of the kayak? Ever consider building one of your own? When you build a skin-on-frame kayak you are recreating a piece of history and forming a personal story. Building a skin-on-frame kayak will mean more to you than you could ever envision. You get a boat you can be proud of, a kayak you will love, and the knowledge and confidence to build one on your own. This workshop is designed for individuals with an interest in creating a seaworthy craft with their own hands. Skin-on-frame kayak building is one of the most exciting, skill enhancing and satisfying projects you can undertake. This workshop is perfect for beginner boat builders. The steps are simple, and you will learn the skills needed as you go. Building a skin-on-frame kayak through this workshop is enjoyable, relaxing, and cost effective. In addition, this 6-day boat building vacation allows you time to relax and explore the natural beauty of the remote Eastern Shore of VA. You will spend the week assembling your boat: a week of enjoyable work combined with kayaking adventures. Each day includes a workshop portion where you will work on assembling your kayak, and a field trip to a local site or a kayak paddle. Students are encouraged to bring a partner to assist them as this course can be a great family project. Participants should be 12 years or older. Once the kayaks are completed, the morning of workshop will be spent paddling on Chincoteague Bay in your newly constructed kayak! Program Date: 08/29/2012 - 09/03/2012 Course Tuition -$1575.00 - includes 6 nights lodging, all meals, guided kayak tours, field excursions, tools, instruction, materials, a Greenland paddle and choice of a 15ft Ravenswood kayak or 17ft Vardo kayak. Course Tuition - Wingman Option $550.00 â€“ Bring a partner along to assist in building your kayak and enjoy the shore! Commuter Options $1450.00 and $425.00
Phone (757) 824-5636
Nature Journaling Workshop Interested in honing your observation skills and seeing the world in new ways? Learn the techniques of keeping a Nature Journal! Nature journaling connects us with our surroundings in a new way and encourages us to make room in our lives for observation of the natural world. Nature Journaling is a great way to develop observation abilities and creative techniques while learning about our natural surroundings. Through a series of drawing and writing exercises we will practice journaling techniques by recording our feelings, questions and observations. The focus of this nature journaling workshop is to relax, enjoy the moment and have fun with natural subjects. No previous art experience is needed! Program cost includes instruction, lunch, transportation to field sites and all nature journaling materials. Program Date: 10/06/2012 Program Cost: $65/person
Native American Tools and Flint Knapping Workshop During the flint knapping workshop students will take a voyage back in time, learning the ancient skill of stone tool making. Tools and materials will be provided and each student will receive a flint knapping tool kit to take home. This workshop is perfect for beginner to intermediate knappers. It is sure to take you to the next level in your knapping ability. Program Dates 05/26/2012 10/27/2012 Program Cost: $98 per person
Basket Weaving Workshop Participants will use locally gathered marsh grass, mainly spartina or cordgrass, and other materials to create a coiled basket. The technique used is similar to that used to construct pine needle baskets, a Native American basketry form. Students will receive hands-on personal instruction from a skilled artisan to create a basket to take home. Program Dates 04/27/2012 - 04/29/2012 10/19/2012 - 10/21/2012 Program Cost: $244/person (includes meals, lodging, instruction, transportation and materials)
Winter Waterfowl Weekend Experience the beauty of the Eastern Shoreâ€™s islands while birding in this renowned destination for birders. This workshop emphasizes learning identification methods, understanding bird behavior, habitat, and conservation. We will bird at several hot spots on the Eastern Shore, including Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Wallops Island. See the birds from a different perspective on a boat trip through the marshes and tidal creeks surrounding Chincoteague. Though we will focus on winter waterfowl ID, weâ€™ll also add lots of other passerines and raptors to our list. Great for beginners and intermediate birders. Program Date: 12/07/2012 - 12/09/2012 Program Cost: $230/participant (includes instruction, boat trip, meals and lodging)
What if your classroom included acres of pristine salt marsh, windswept coastal dunes, towering maritime forests, intertidal coves, and wild ponies? What if your lessons included a research cruise along tidal creeks and trips to a national park and national wildlife refuge? What if every discovery was met with wonder and a desire to know more? You experience all of this and more when you attend the unique and dynamic educational field trips of the Marine Science Consortium.
" Thank you for showing us the beauty under the mud." - student participant The School Program For over 40 years, MSC has offered students the chance to connect with their marine and coastal environments through hands-on exploration and inquiry based science. The mission of each experience is to instill an understanding and appreciation of interrelated marine habitats through scientific observation. The 3-day Coastal Ecology program is MSC's signature experience for school students. This program includes the following half day field trips: an oceanography research cruise, intertidal beach exploration, sand dune ecology, salt marsh trip, and maritime forest walk. Evening activities include oceanographic equipment discussion, macro-organism lab and micro-organism lab. One evening is left free for that all-important trip to the ice cream parlor or beach. We also offer additional options for teachers in the form of hour and a half classes. Teachers can choose two of these classes in place of one of the traditional field trips. We are glad to work with teachers to choose the classes that they think will most benefit their students. Although the Consortium staff conduct all field trips and labs, teachers are encouraged to take an active part by working with instructors to individualize the program in advance. Teachers may request changes in certain elements of instruction with the School Programs Coordinator in order to develop a program that best suits their curriculum and student needs. Instruction is geared to grade level and science background, and while it is most effective for middle and high school students it may be modified easily for 4th grade and lower.
Phone (757) 824-5636
Planning your Trip to Wallops Island The school program is offered throughout the school year. Special arrangements can be made for a limited number of students during the summer. Teachers may schedule their groups to arrive Sunday afternoon and depart Wednesday after lunch or to arrive Wednesday afternoon and depart Saturday after lunch. Programs longer or shorter than the 3-day option will be scheduled according to facility availability. Groups are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis, so reservations should be made early.
Program Options MSC offers the following programs for schools. Contact us for information regarding curriculum correlation. Oceanography Lab and Research Cruise Includes water sampling, salinity, temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, currents, turbidity, benthic sample, and trawl. Students analyze collected data during the evening lab. Intertidal Beaches Students begin by learning how tides work and interact with the coast. This class also involves sampling for various environmental parameters, species diversity and distribution, and adaptations. Organism Labs Students use dichotomous keys, field guides and microscopes to examine plants and organisms, as well as plankton collected in the field. Salt Marsh Identification of flora and fauna, food webs, trophic levels, nutrient cycles, marsh formation and tidal zonation. Students will also do a “productivity plunge” where they will get to experience the marsh in true full immersion style. Dune Ecology Explanation of littoral currents, wave energy, beach formation, sediment deposition, distribution of flora and fauna, and ecological succession. This class also includes beach exploration and shell collection and identification.
Orienteering This class is a way for students to become familiar with using a compass, reading maps, and orienting themselves to landmarks. Watersheds Students will learn about the characteristics of watersheds, how water moves through them and how people impact their watershed. Special Topics - Interested in other topics? Our education staff can develop specialized topics to meet your curricular needs. Contact our School Programs Coordinator at email@example.com or 757-824-5636 X 110 to discuss what we can do for you!
Why should your students participate in programs at MSC? In-depth, hands-on science taught by
experienced staff Great food and comfortable facilities Reasonable rates which cover all costs Support throughout the year to make planning easy Close to many major cities and airports, 3 hour drive from Washington D.C., Baltimore, and 2 hours from Virginia Beach Our program is Correlated to Virginia State Education Standards
Maritime Forest Students will walk through the Maritime Forest on Assateague Island to learn more about forest ecology and the flora and fauna of the upland areas. Sand During this class, students will learn where sand comes from and what it is made of, properties of sand, and make their own sand sample cards to look at under magnification.
Seeking an unforgettable educational experience? The Virginia’s barrier islands leave impressions that last a lifetime! Our field station features coastal ecosystems, state of the art facilities , reasonable pricing and phenomenal staff. Unmatched biological diversity, pristine habitats, and hundreds of years of history and culture are just a sampling of what you can share with your students during a trip to the shore!
The College Program MSC offers field-based, hands-on, intensive learning opportunities for university students. Unmatched biological diversity, pristine habitats, and hundreds of years of history and culture are just a sampling of what the shore has to offer! Access to largely untouched habitats and extensive marine and terrestrial biodiversity make the area ideal for ecology, biology and marine courses. The social sciences and arts can take advantage of the cultural richness and natural beauty.
Field Experiences Year round, MSC provides a fully operational field station for college faculty and program coordinators. University groups typically spend 2-4 days experiencing the wonders of barrier islands as a piece of their regular course curriculum.
Facilities and Equipment
Possible Field Trip Components
Research Cruise – inshore or offshore Birding Barrier Island Transect Salt Marsh Expedition Dune Exploration Coastal Forest Hike Beach Profiling Water Sampling Organism Investigations Plankton Lab Sediment sampling Cypress Swamp Hike or Paddle Guest Lectures Kayaking And more!
The MSC owns and operates a 50' research vessel for offshore work, two 40' barge-style vessels, small boats and kayaks. The campus boasts wet and dry laboratories, classrooms, field equipment, and dormitory space for up to 150 university students, a dining hall, indoor and outdoor recreational space and a book store. Consortium staff are available to assist groups on vessels, field trips or in the lab.
Phone (757) 824-5636
Summer Courses Want to spend your summer days baking on a beach, balancing on a boat and trekking through the marsh? You’ll emerge from a season of field work with experiences, knowledge and friendships that last a lifetime! The college summer program at MSC consists of five 3-week sessions taught by faculty from member universities. Each course is worth 3 credits. Students may take 1 course each session. Session 1 (May 21- June 8) Marine Biology Pre-calculus Marine Invertebrates Coral Reef Ecology Seascapes Session 2 (June 11- June 29) Field Methods in Oceanography Marine Ecology Marine Ichthyology Coastal Ornithology
Natural Science Drawing Introduction to Ecology Introduction to Coastal Literature Session 3 (July 2 – July 20) Coastal Environmental Oceanography Wetlands Ecology Coastal Field Studies for Teachers Intro to Molecular Biotechnology Session 4 (July 23- August 10) Coastal Zone Resource Management Estuarine Ecology Biological Oceanography Marine Geology and Geophysics Session 5 (August 5- August 17) Marine Ichthyology Marine Ecology
Volunteers and Interns Other opportunities that exist for college students include alternative spring break activities, volunteer positions, internships and jobs. Check our website or contact the college coordinator for more information.
Location Our campus is ideally located on the Eastern Shore of Virginia between the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay. The region is biologically diverse, geologically dynamic and culturally rich. Unique maritime and upland forests, as well as bald cypress swamps, comprise the terrestrial ecosystems. Additional resources nearby include Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Assateague National Seashore, and NASA Wallops Flight Facility.
Mission Statement The Marine Science Consortium provides outstanding multi-disciplinary, educational and research opportunities that celebrate the rich natural, cultural, economic, and technological resources of the mid-Atlantic Coastal region through field-based and hands-on learning, often in affiliation with multiple public and private partners.
About Us The Marine Science Consortium is a residential field and research station located on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. In 1968, The Marine Science Consortium was founded by a consortium of three Pennsylvania state colleges. First located in Cape May, NJ, and then Lewes, DE, The Marine Science Consortium moved to its permanent site in the area of Wallops Island, VA. in the spring 1971. The campus, located next door to NASA’s Goddard Flight Facility, was named the “Wallops Island Marine Science Center”. For the last four decades the Marine Science Consortium has taught thousands of school age, college, and adult students the wonders of what lies beneath the waters of the bays, marshes, and ocean surrounding Chincoteague and Assateague islands as well as what thrives on top, such as maritime forests and dunes. The MSC educates and inspires program participants about the ecosystems along the Mid-Atlantic Region through place-based, hands-on experiences. University membership has changed over the years and now consists of 13 member universities and colleges. To accomplish its mission MSC offers a unique set of educational and research experiences, and collaborates closely with community partners such as NASA Wallops Flight Facility, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and other public and private partners.
Current Members Bloomsburg University East Stroudsburg University Kutztown University Lock Haven University Millersville University Saint Francis University Shippensburg University Slippery Rock University West Virginia University Wilkes University York College The Marine Science Consortium is an independent 501©(3) private non-profit Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action institution affiliated with Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. All donations are tax-deductible as allowable by law.
Board of Directors Dr. Francine McNairy - Board Chairperson President Millersville University Dr. Robert J. Dillman President East Stroudsburg University Dr. Javier Cevallos President Kutztown University Dr. William Ruud President Shippensburg University Dr. Robert M. Smith President Slippery Rock University
Staff Amber Parker Executive Director Education Staff Anne Armstrong Education Program Manager Ali Redman College Coordinator Parker McMullen-Bushman Special Programs Coordinator Alex Vandermeys School Programs Coordinator Office and Support Staff Mark Baylis - Sr. Boat Captain John Besecker - Operations Manager Kennie Godwin - Groundskeeper Eunice Handy - Cook Levolia Handy - Cafeteria Shift Leader Clifton Johnson - Dishwasher Phyllis Johnson - Cook Diane Lynch - Registrar Teshie Moore - Dishwasher Adell Payton - Housekeeper Francine Payton - Head Housekeeper Cynthia Sheppard - Treasurer Tony Smith - Maintenance Assistant Robin Townsend - Cafeteria Shift Leader Linda Wallop - Food Service Manager Jimmy Whealton - Boat Captain
Phone (757) 824-5636
Program Registration Registering for a program at the MSC is easy! You can download registration forms for many of our programs on our Website. Fax your completed form or mail it in with your payment. You can also call to register by phone with a credit card. Program fees are all-inclusive and include meals, lodging, instruction, and materials unless otherwise noted. Please call for commuter rates if you will not be lodging on site.
Location The Marine Science Consortium is located on the Eastern Shore of Virginia near the Island of Chincoteague. It is about three hours south of Baltimore, MD and Washington D.C. and about two hours north of Norfolk, VA. To get to the Marine Science Consortium, follow Route 13 (also called Ocean Highway or Lankford Highway). Route 13 is the prominent hwy on Virginiaâ€™s Eastern Shore. Follow Route 13 to the traffic light at VA 175E (Tâ€™s Corner and Chincoteague Road). There will be a sign for Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. This is approximately 4 miles south of the MarylandVirginia border on the Delmarva Peninsula. Take VA 175 E toward Chincoteague for approximately 3 miles. At the traffic light take a left onto Atlantic Road. At the end of Atlantic Road (approx. 0.5 miles) bear left onto Mill Dam Road. The Consortium is located on your right.
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