Majestic bald cypress trees, towering loblolly pines, wild persimmons, and sweetbay magnolia are some of the gems that characterize the southern Delmarva peninsula’s botanically rich and diverse plant communities. Join Amy Highland, Mt. Cuba Center’s Director of Collections, and Karen Travers, biologist and trip leader, to examine the flora of maritime forests, salt marshes, marine estuaries, and coastal bays as they gather plant specimens and seeds to augment the Center’s plant conservation efforts.
Traverse boardwalk trails and kayak (weather permitting) the serene, lost-in-time cypress wetlands of Pocomoke River State Park. Experience the dynamic barrier island ecology
of Assateague Island National Seashore and Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and watch for Assateague’s internationally famous wild ponies, otters, eagles, and wetland birds. Part natural history field trip and part citizen science, this exploration will enhance your appreciation of the unique and inspiring ecosystems that Mt. Cuba Center strives to conserve.
Fee includes double occupancy lodging with heated indoor pool on Chincoteague Island; 2 breakfasts; 2 lunches; a wine and cheese reception; transportation from Mt. Cuba Center;
and kayak rental. Dinners on your own at nearby restaurants. To register, a $100 nonrefundable deposit is required by August 1, 2017, balance due by September 1.