Some people get up in the morning and go through the same routine day in and day out. They drive to a job where they only see a computer screen and an office all day. But at the Field Station a “day at the office” could mean several different things. It could include catching up on indoor office duties or it could be seeing the sunrise, biking down a scenic back road, or paddling through a winding creek.
I have worked at the Field Station for two and a half years and I still find excitement and wonder in each new day. I am the Adult and Family Education Assistant Coordinator and I work with all kinds of groups and ages ranging from 5-year-olds up to adults. I have led bicycling and kayaking excursions, family camps, grandparent and grandchild camps, and many more! During each program I have the opportunity to meet wonderful people who are excited to be visiting the Field Station. They are interested in specific activities and like to learn about the different areas around Chincoteague.
This past spring has been exciting and busy with programs! Even though I have led some of these programs more than once and have visited the same areas multiple times I discover something new each time I step out my door.
While working I try to take some time to notice the area around me and find natural beauty everywhere. It is so easy to get caught up in your job or your own life and not notice the little things around you but I am glad that working here has allowed me to marvel at my “office”.
During one of the Road Scholar Basketry programs this past February we went on the Wallops Island beach to collect shells. This was the first time that I saw the beach covered in show and ice. It was bizarre to look for shells with participants in the sand under a thin veil of snow.
Another week I was on a Road Scholar Photography program where I was able to watch the sunrise and sunset of each day that week. Some people think, “if you have seen one sunrise you have seen them all” but each one was different and showed off the landscape in different ways.
I can return to the same place every week and see something different. I even have seen people return to our programs because they love this area of the Eastern Shore and can’t get enough. This week I have been kayaking in the surrounding rivers and bays and some of my participants that are with me this week are returners. They haven’t just been here once but at least 3 or more times. These two ladies have been on the same kayaking program many times and say that each time they return the paddles are different. The areas change seasonally and can look drastically different depending even on the tide and time of day.
Last week my adventure was Biking the Eastern Shore, this week is Kayaking. I can’t wait to see what new adventure is in store for me next!
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