GWS2017: Field trips

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GWS2017 will feature a varied roster of Field Trips: learning opportunities outside the confines of the host hotel.  Trips will be offered on Sunday, April 2, and Friday, April 7.  Sign-up for the trips will begin when conference registration opens in December.

 


 

Sunday, April 2

Colonial National Historical Park: Yorktown Battlefield, Historic Village and Adjacent Cultural Landscapes


Walking tour of the battlefield and village with discussions on the strategic moves of the the battle and the historical significance's of the Yorktown Port and associated commerce.

Participants will be transported via motor coach and will be supplied with a box lunch.

Departure time from Norfolk Marriott: 9:00 am
Arrival time at first stop on itinerary: 10:15 am
Departure time from last stop on itinerary: 2:15 pm
Arrival time back at Norfolk Marriott: 3:30 pm

Itinerary:

From NPS Yorktown Visitor Center, we'll tour the battlefield and then proceed to the adjacent historic village.  Box lunch (provided) will be eaten en route.

Suggested clothing / gear: Walking shoes and a windbreaker.  Bring a water bottle and extra snacks if desired.

Cost: $45


Sea level rise in Norfolk: A walking tour (1:00p–4:30p)

(POSTED Feb 10: This trip is now full)

Freemason District

Chrysler Museum

A walking tour led by Michelle Covi, an assistant professor of practice in the Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department at Old Dominion University. Professor Covi is also one of the Virginia Sea Grant extension staff, helping to connect expertise in our universities to address climate change and sea level rise adaptation issues. She has a PhD in Coastal Resources Management from East Carolina University and focuses her research on climate change and sea level rise risk perception, communication and public participation in regional decision-making.

This walking tour will examine many of the public and historic areas of Norfolk that are experiencing increased flooding due to sea level rise and examine how Norfolk is becoming more resilient. We will see flood control structures, buildings that have been elevated to accommodate changes in water levels, and discuss the tradeoffs that the city and property owners face. We will visit the downtown seawall adjacent to Town Point Park and the USS Wisconsin, travel on historic trails and through some of the most vulnerable historic districts on the East Coast.  A visit to the Chrysler Museum of Art will be included, where we will learn how they have adapted. Attendees will walk 3-4 miles on pavement and flat terrain.  Attendees will learn about Norfolk's vulnerability to climate change and flooding and how the city is preparing for the next century.

Departure time from Norfolk Marriott: 1:00 pm (meet in lobby)
Arrival time at first stop on itinerary: 1:15 pm
Departure time from last stop on itinerary: 4:00 pm
Arrival time back at Norfolk Marriott: 4:30 pm

Itinerary: Arrive at Town point park. Walk along Cannon Ball Trail and Elizabeth River Trail to Freemason Historic area. Cross Brambleton to the Chrysler Museum. At 2:30 meet Chrysler staff to hear about resilience challenges and adaptations. 3:30 pm -Walk Hague area/ Ghent Historic District to Neon/ arts district. Back to hotel on Granby Street.

Lunch arrangements: No lunch involved
Suggested clothing / gear: Walking shoes, weather appropriate clothing, water bottle, snacks

Cost: No charge, but participants must sign up in advance.

 


 

Friday, April 7

RICHRICH

RICHRICH

Richmond National Battlefield Park: Resource Protection, Management and Interpretation in a Quickly Growing Park (8:00a–4:30p)

POSTED March 15 • This field trip has had to be canceled.  If you signed up for it, we will be in touch soon with an offer of a full refund or the opportunity to switch to another trip.

Participants will visit two recently expanded and very different Civil War battlefield landscapes hosting a variety of resources and values. At both units, the trip will highlight the path the NPS has taken to preserve, document, and manage the sites, and the work it has left to do. Participants hear about the history of each site and will be taken on guided tours of each landscape (each approximately 1.5 easy miles; participants can decide to walk less). Both stops will highlight partnerships and various management tools that enabled much of our work there.

The Totopotomoy Creek unit consists of 125 acres of woods and fields in residential Hanover County.  One highlight of this unit is the Shelton house which dates back to the 1700s and was inhabited by the Shelton family as recently as 2006, when it was acquired by the National Park Service. With a long history of intensive human use, the site came into the park with extensive invasive vegetation, an overgrown boxwood nursery, several dump sites and a very old house in need of stabilization. Participants will also receive guided tours of the house. The Malvern Hill battlefield has expanded from just over 100 acres to nearly 1500 acres in just 13 years. These parcels were strategically acquired in rural Henrico County before the area was developed. As a result, the battlefield site is fairly pristine, hosting acres of forests, wetlands and fields.  The landscape looks much as it did during the Civil War battle in 1862.

Participants will be transported via motor coach and will be supplied with a box lunch. 

Departure time from Norfolk Marriott: 8:00 am
Arrival time at first stop on itinerary: 10:00 am
Departure time from last stop on itinerary: 2:30 pm
Arrival time back at Norfolk Marriott: 4:30 pm

Itinerary:
10:00: Arrive at Totopotomoy Creek unit; Split into guided groups to tour the historic Shelton house, walk the grounds and walk the park trail;
12:00: Traveling to Cold Harbor unit to use rest rooms and visit small park bookstore (if desired);
12:30: Eat box lunch (provided) on bus while travelling to the Malvern Hill unit
1:00: Arrive at Malvern Hill unit; Have a ranger-guided walk of the park trail.
2:30: Depart for Norfolk

Suggested clothing / gear: Comfortable clothes for walking outside; bring a drink and extra snacks if desired.

Cost: $50

 

Discover the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge (8:00a–1:00p)

Great Dismal Swamp NWR

Beauty, history, ecology...the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is a 175 sq mile wetland of importance on the edge of a region of 1.6 million local residents.  You will learn of the Dismal Swamp's connection to the National Park Services' Underground Railroad Network to Freedom and of the archaeological research that has prompted an exhibit in the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. And yes, George Washington slept here! Actually, he was an original landowner. Your tour along the Wildlife Drive to Lake Drummond will bring to you the music of the neo-tropical songbirds just returning from their winter in the Caribbean. And do you know that there are only two natural lakes in Virginia?

Participants will be transported via motor coach.  No lunch is provided so be sure to bring a drink and snacks.

Departure time from Norfolk Marriott: 8:00 am
Arrival time at first stop on itinerary: 9:00 am
Departure time from last stop on itinerary: 12:00 pm
Arrival time back at Norfolk Marriott: 1:00 pm

Itinerary:

Participants will be greeted at the refuge office by the Refuge Manager and given a brief orientation.  Following will be a staff guided tour through the Wildlife Drive to Lake Drummond, stopping at the Underground Railroad Education Pavilion, the Cypress Marsh and the West Ditch Boardwalk trails.

Suggested clothing / gear: Outdoor wear, comfortable field shoes; water bottle, snacks.

Cost: $35

 

Exploring opportunities at a new partnership park: Fort Monroe National Monument


The tour will provide an overview of Fort Monroe's features and historical significance, including a walking tour of the 1834 moated fort, Parade Ground, Quarters No. 1, Casemate Museum, and outlying areas including the North Beach. During the tour, visitors will be invited to participate in an informal roundtable discussion on the unique opportunities and challenges of establishing a cooperatively managed park that involves different perspectives among partners, engaging new audiences through inclusive outreach, and connecting people to the significant and relevant American stories of the place and the natural and cultural resources of “Freedom’s Fortress.”

Participants will be transported via motor coach or van.  No lunch is provided so be sure to bring a drink and snacks.

Departure time from Norfolk Marriott: 8:15 am
Arrival time at first stop on itinerary: 9:00 am
Departure time from last stop on itinerary: 12:00 pm
Arrival time back at Norfolk Marriott: 12:45 pm

Itinerary:

Bus-tour overview of the monument;
Walking tour of the moated fort;
Round table discussion; and
Self-guided exploration of the fort and shoreline.

Suggested clothing / gear: Comfortable walking shoes, outdoor clothing; water bottle and snacks.

Cost: $35.

 

Colonial National Historical Park:  Archaeology Investigations at Jamestown, Virginia, with NPS and Jamestown Rediscovery Staff

POSTED March 15 • This field trip has had to be canceled.  If you signed up for it, we will be in touch soon with an offer of a full refund or the opportunity to switch to another trip.


The National Park Service and Jamestown Rediscovery are actively excavating several sites in the Historic Jamestown settlement. The Angela project, a new site, will be opened this spring  (more information will be available in January 2017 on the Jamestown Rediscovery and NPS web pages). All sites will be available for viewing and staffed with a professional archaeologist to explain the history and purpose of the digs. Attendees will make a short walk (approx 300 yds , accessible by wheel chair) from the NPS Visitor Center to the original site of the Jamestown Settlement. Here the history of the first settlement will be explored.

Participants will be transported via motor coach. There a small cafe on site for lunches with in-door and out-door seating. Participants will purchase lunch on their own.

Departure time from Norfolk Marriott: 8:00 am
Arrival time at first stop on itinerary: 10:00 am
Departure time from last stop on itinerary: 2:00 pm
Arrival time back at Norfolk Marriott: 4:00 pm

Itinerary:

Arrive 10 am Jamestown Visitor Center
Depart 2 pm Jamestown Visitor Center

Suggested clothing / gear: Should be great spring weather, light windbreaker.  Bring water bottle and snacks if desired.

Cost: $30