There are a variety of environmental education opportunities on the refuge throughout the year. Click the links before to learn more about our upcoming programs.
Environmental education fee waivers will be approved for educational groups visiting strictly for educational purposes. Groups who also intend to participate in recreational activities such as visiting the beach must pay the entrance fee. Examples of educational groups include: schools, scout groups, nonprofit organizations. All requests must be received 2 weeks prior to the arrival date.
For information or to request a ranger guided program please contact the Environmental Education coordinator at 757-336-6122. For information or to request a bus tour, contact the Chincoteague Natural History Association at 757-336-3696.
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Over the past 200-300 years, these modern-day descendants of domestic horses have adapted to the hardships of living near the ocean. Prior to the refuge's establishment in 1943, the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company purchased the ponies and continues ownership to this day. The Firemen are allowed to graze up to 150 ponies on refuge land through a Special Use Permit from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.