Discovery Online

Ages 5-7 / Mon-Fri / 9-9:45am & 4-4:45pm Terrestrial: July 13-17 / Aquatic: July 20-24 / Terrestrial: Aug 4-8 / Aquatic: Aug 10-14 Online Discovery Camp is filled with exciting experiences that introduce children to the Chesapeake Bay. Before camp, participants receive an Discovery Box in the mail filled with craft supplies, suggestions for projects, a coloring book, and additional materials designed to encourage exploration.  Participants will interact with SEF instructors for 30 minutes in the morning (9:00 AM-9:45 AM) […]

Virtual Toddler Time

Ages 3-5 / M,W,F / 10:30-11:00am Life Cycles: July 27 – Aug 1 / Adaptations: Aug 18-22 Habitats: Aug 25-29 Virtual Toddler Time lets children explore the natural world through stories, songs, games, crafts, and other hands-on activities – all led by SEF’s talented and professional staff. Each session is one week long with online Zoom meetings held M, W, F from 10:30-11:00 AM. Prior to the start of camp participants will receive a materials package in the mail filled […]

Alice Krieg

Deckhand Educator, Schooner SULTANA Alice holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Arts, and joins SEF with an impressive resume. Starting early in college as a volunteer, Alice has worked as a Deckhand and Educator onboard several well known vessels including the Schooner AMAISTAD, the SSV OLIVER PERRY HAZARD, the GAZELA, and most recently as the 2nd Mate aboard the Schooner LYNX. Her extensive knowledge in sailing, ship maintenance and mechanics, carpentry, electric and teaching make her an […]

Alexandra Miranda

Seasonal Paddling Staff Alexandra currently attends Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, majoring in Veterinary Medicine and Business. She graduated with honors from Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, and has previously interned with SEF for their summer paddling programs. Alexandra is an avid horseback rider, the founder of her college’s Ski Club, and loves to unwind through kayaking and yoga.     

Walter Commins

Deckhand Educator, Schooner SULTANA Walter graduated from St. Mary’s College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Environmental Science. Employed previously by AmeriCorps as an Educator and Conservation Technician, Walter taught local children about environmental science, created an afterschool program for outdoor exploration and supervised various trail projects. Walter is eager to share his passion and knowledge of the Chesapeake Bay’s unique ecology, history and culture with students of all ages, and continue working in outdoor childhood education.  

Paige Dempsey

Deckhand Educator, Schooner SULTANA Paige is a graduate of Whitman College, and holds a degree in Environmental Humanities and Chemistry. During college, Paige worked as a Camp Division Director, where she designed outdoor programs and activities for children, and led the staff through orientation. After college, Paige grew as a sailor on board the SSV ROBERT C. SEAMANS and SSV CORWITH CRAMER as an intern and crew member with SEA Semester, collecting environmental data, submitting reports, and assisting in the […]

Rae Handy

Deckhand Educator, Schooner SULTANA Rae’s love for sailing began almost five years ago at a sailing academy in Indiana, and has grown ever since. Holding a degree of science from Evergreen State College, Rae has extensive research experience in Environmental Science, Ecology, Entomology and Biology. Adding to her substantial volunteerism, Rae is a recent member of AmeriCorps, where she attained skills in ecological restoration projects, carpentry, trail building and maintenance. Rae is excited to teach ecology onboard the SULTANA, and […]

Ruthann Monsees

Mate, Schooner SULTANA Ruthann graduated from Stony Brook University with a bachelors in Coastal Environmental Studies and attended Coastal Carolina University for Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies. At Coastal Carolina, Ruthann worked as a research assistant, gaining experience in GIS mapping, land surveying, and team problem solving. A prior Volunteer Deckhand for the Sea Education Association’s Tall Ship program, and a returning SULTANA crew member, RuthAnn is excited to share her love for sailing and the coastal sciences with students […]

Catherine Allen

Deckhand Educator, Schooner SULTANA Cat holds a degree in Anthropology from Appalachian State University, and joins SEF as a crew member with several years of sailing and teaching experience. Her prior employment includes the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and Grays Harbor Historical Seaport, where Cat was a Group Educator, Historic Interpreter and Deckhand onboard the recreated ships. At SEF, Cat can apply her experience in teaching hands-on maritime history and Bay ecology, educating students in basic sail handling, and mentorship to volunteers […]

Sultana Downrigging

Tall Ships and Bluegrass are at the heart of Sultana’s annual Downrigging festival. Hosted at the end of the schooner SULTANA’s sailing season (late October or early November), Downrigging attracts thousands of visitors to Chestertown to sail on the assembled fleet of ships, listen to great music, and support the Sultana Education Foundation’s education programs. Downrigging Website

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