Upcoming Programs At Assateague Island National Seashore

Programs starting to ramp up at Assateague Island National Seashore. NPS photo.

There are some great, kid-friendly programs on tap in the coming weeks at Assateague Island National Seashore. You can join a walk through the wetlands or watch the critters get fed at the park's aquarium.

Here's the schedule:

Saturday, May 1

10 a.m. Life of the Marsh Walk: Wastelands or wonderful wetlands? Salt marshes are much more than smelly, mucky, soggy, buggy places. Meet at the Life of the Marsh nature trail parking area. Distance: ½ mile. Duration: 1 hour

11 a.m. Aquarium Feeding: Take a peek at Assateague’s underwater world! Discover amazing marine connections through its aquatic creatures, both big and small. Meet at the Barrier Island Visitor Center. Duration: 45 minutes.

1 p.m. "Sea" S. I. Beach Walk: What’s that? How did it get here? Where did it come from? Why is it here? “Follow the evidence” and solve these mysteries on this beach scene investigation. Meet at the Ranger Station/Campground office. Distance: ½ mile. Duration: 45 minutes

Sunday, May 2

11 a.m. Assateague Challenge: Horse around with a ranger to learn more about Assateague Island. Challenge yourself! Impress your friends and family with your knowledge! Meet at the Barrier Island Visitor Center. Duration: 45 minutes

2 p.m. Aquarium Feeding: Take a peek at Assateague’s underwater world! Discover amazing marine connections through its aquatic creatures, both big and small. Meet at the Barrier Island Visitor Center. Duration: 45 minutes.

Saturday, May 8

7:30 a.m. Bird Walk: Enjoy a morning stroll through Assateague’s habitats from beach to bay. Limited binoculars and a spotting scope provided. Meet at history exhibit parking lot at the intersection of Bayberry Drive and Ferry Landing Road. Insect repellent, long pants and long sleeves are recommended. Distance: 1 mile Duration: 2 hours

10 a.m. Life of the Marsh Walk: Wastelands or wonderful wetlands? Salt marshes are much more than smelly, mucky, soggy, buggy places. Meet at the Life of the Marsh nature trail parking area. Distance: ½ mile. Duration: 1 hour

1 p.m. "Sea" S. I. Beach Walk: What’s that? How did it get here? Where did it come from? Why is it here? “Follow the evidence” and solve these mysteries on this beach scene investigation. Meet at the Ranger Station/Campground office. Distance: ½ mile. Duration: 45 minutes

2 p.m. Aquarium Feeding: Take a peek at Assateague’s underwater world! Discover amazing marine connections through its aquatic creatures, both big and small. Meet at the Barrier Island Visitor Center. Duration: 45 minutes.

Comments

Don't forget the VA side of the National Seashore. Both the NPS and the FWS offer great programs there as well. My favorite was Marine Explorers where the kids get to go into Toms Cove with a net and learn about the things they catch. The critters are kept alive in a tank and then in the afternoon the kids go to a lab inside the FWS visitor center and use microscopes to learn even more! When I led that program we often hauled in butterfly rays...great because they're cool and don't sting! If you're into birds the NPS and FWS lead bird walks there at least 2x per week. The VA side was my favorite because of the birds.