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Chincoteague Bay Field Station   --   Wallops Island
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Choose Your Adventure!

Chincoteague Bay Field Station offers a wide variety of programs including: Family Camps, Family Day Programs, Cycling Tours, Kayaking Tours, Photography and Folk Art Workshops, and Summer Camps. The beaches, marshes, and off-shore waters of Virginia's Eastern Shore are CBFS's classroom. Their facilities include new residence suites, dining hall, classrooms/meeting spaces, research labs, flat bottom boats, and oceanic research vessels.

Get Outdoors This Summer!

Don't miss your chance at some of our most popular summer camps in addition to our traditional marine science focused programs. We offer both overnight and day camps for ages 8-18.

Looking to explore the Eastern Shore as a family? Our Family Camps are the perfect combination of learning and fun! Plus they are all-inclusive, meaning that the program includes all meals, transportation, on-campus housing in our air-conditioned suites, and most importantly tons of exciting activities!! 

Summer Camps

Summer camps give all campers a hands-on, feet wet experience in marine and coastal environments. CBFS offers Day Camps for ages 5-14 and Overnight Camps for ages 8-18. Click on each camp below for more information.

Sea Squirts Day Camp
Young Coastal Explorers Camp
Marine Adventure Day Camp
Coastal Studies Day Camp
Budding Marine Biologist Camp
Coastal Art Camp
Coastal Cooking Camp
Beginners Kayaking Camp
Intermediate Kayaking Camp
Dangerous Creatures Camp
Junior Naturalist Camp
Focus on Fish Camp
Coastal Mammals Camp
Ichthyology Camp
Marine Invertebrates Camp

34001 Mill Dam Road
Wallops Island , VA  23337


Phone 1:  757-824-5636  

Phone 2:  757-824-5638   (Fax)

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Citizens for a Better Eastern Shore (CBES)   --   Eastville
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Sponsor of the Annual Between the Waters Bike Tour

CBES (Citizens for a Better Eastern Shore) sponsors the Between the Waters Bike Tour each year during October.

This one day bike tour is an ecotourism event for CBES, a non-profit organization serving Northampton and Accomack counties, and the Between the Waters Bike Tour is one of the major fundraisers of the year for this group.  With very little vehicle traffic, the ride is sure to be relaxed and peaceful as well as easygoing because of the flat terrain. 

PO Box 882, 16388 Courthouse Road
Eastville , VA  23347


Phone 1:  757-678-7157  

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Nature Conservancy / VA Coast Reserve / Brownsville Preserve   --   Nassawadox
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The Nature Conservancy

Brownsville's birding and wildlife trail offers visitors an introduction to the Virginia Coast Reserve.

½ Hour before sunrise
to ½ Hour after sunset

For visitor safety
During the deer hunting season
(October through early January)
the Preserve closes at 3:00 p.m.

Birds and other wildlife abound at Brownsville Preserve 

From the boardwalk and trails traversing this historic farm, you may see deer, fox, raccoons, blue herons, bald eagles, wild turkeys and many other species of birds. The Conservancy manages Brownsville to enhance bird habitat, and the farm serves as headquarters for the Virginia Coast Reserve.

The William B. Cummings Birding and Wildlife Trail

The trail, a roundtrip total of 3 miles, provides a memorable hike through coastal Virginia scenery.

History of Brownsville

Until the Conservancy purchased Brownsville in 1978, the farm had remained in the Upshur family since 1652. 

At one time, the owner ran a castor-oil mill on the property. From his wharf on Brownsville Creek, he also shipped huge loads of corn to New York and New England via chartered vessels.

According to Whitelaw's Virginia's Eastern Shore, Mr. Upshur added a frame wing onto the family's 1806 three-story brick home because of the many relatives who lived there. He is claimed to have said, "There is no place to put the sole of my foot." Today, the historic Brownsville house is used to accommodate occasional guests and for special events.

11332 Brownsville Road
Nassawadox , VA  23413


Phone 1:  757-442-3049  

Phone 2:  757-442-5418   (Fax)

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