In the summer of 2017, the Sultana Education Foundation will launch a new eight-day program for high school students in partnership with William & Mary’s Institute of Marine Sciences (VIMS) in Wachapregue, VA. This will be Sultana’s first kayak-based Summer Program for high school students and the most rigorous science program we have ever offered.  Led by Sultana’s Director of Paddling Programs, John Mann, and Sultana’s new Director of Science Programs, this experience will begin with four days camping on the shores of the Nanticoke River. Participants will explore nearby paddling locations, including Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. We will also pay a visit to Horn Point’s Oyster Lab for a guided tour. On the fifth day, the expedition heads to the southern region of the Delmarva Peninsula where we will spend our final four days housed in the VIMS dormitories. Each day we will work closely with VIMS scientists using their 25′ Carolina Skiffs to explore the salt marshes, oyster bars, and wild beaches of Virginia’s barrier islands.  Using VIMS state of the art facilities, we will conduct laboratory experiments and learn about/assist with ongoing research being conducted by graduate students. A central goal of this program is to expose high school students to academic tracks and professional careers related to environmental and estuarine sciences.

Logistics & Details

  • Trip begins and ends at Chesapeake College
  • Trip begin on Monday at 11:00 am
  • Trips end on following Monday at 3:00 pm
  • Ages 14-17
  • Tuition: $900 (partner school discount available)

2017 Dates

  • July 31 – August 7

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