Sultana Sessions

All Ages / FREE! / 7:00pm Every Other Thursday, March – May Join us LIVE for “Sultana Sessions”, SEF’s new free speaker series exploring a variety of Chesapeake Bay topics in history, humanities, ecology and current events. Interact with staff, special guest speakers and take part in a post program Q&A panel. This program is great for any age and will take place every other Thursday at 7pm through Facebook Live. So sit back, grab some popcorn, relax and enjoy! […]

Lauren Croissant

Chesapeake Conservation Corps Member Lauren is a recent graduate of William & Mary College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Environmental Science. Before starting the Chesapeake Conservation Corps Program, Lauren was a Crew Member with the Appalachian Conservation Corps restoring and maintaining trails and prominent habitats in Harrisonburg, VA. She was an active member of her college community, volunteering in the Eco-Schools Leadership Initiative and working as an Undergraduate Assistance for the Vertebrate Animal Care Unit. SEF is thrilled […]

Virtual Classroom Website

Ages 5+ / FREE!  The Sultana Education Foundation’s Virtual Classroom website –, provides extensive materials for use by children, classrooms, families, home school and youth groups. This includes over 60 videos and exercises related to the history and environment of the Chesapeake Bay.Sultana’s Virtual Classroom website also provides links to additional Bay-related learning resources for children. Go take a deep dive, you won’t be disappointed.

Virtual Classroom LIVE!

Ages 3+ / Free* – $150 / 30-90 Minutes *Email for Details Sultana Education Foundation’s Virtual Classroom LIVE! programs provide youth groups, learning pods and schools with a unique way to spice up distance learning opportunities for children. Using a variety of artifacts, visual aids, and even live critters, SEF staff members bring the subject matter to life using teaching techniques that are interactive and fun. Virtual Classroom LIVE! programs generally last 30 – 90 minutes, can be designed for […]

Youth Paddles

Ages 8+ / Free* – $150 / 2-3 Hours *Email for Details Youth groups, home school groups, and schools that are conducting in-person learning can work with Sultana Education Foundation to schedule educational paddling field trips focusing on the history and ecology of the Chesapeake Bay. During a typical program, students examine maps of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, conduct tests to monitor water quality, explore shoreline environments, identify wetland plants, and pull seine nets to sample marine life. Programs are […]

Lawrence Preserve Programs

Ages 3+ / Free / 1.5-2 Hours This fall, the Sultana Education Foundation is offering the first-ever programs on its new Lawrence Wetlands Preserve. The Preserve is located within easy walking distance of Chestertown’s Historic District, and the 8.5-acre campus features multiple ecosystems including swamp, marsh, forest, meadow, pond, and shrubland habitats. Participating groups can work with SEF staff to custom-design sessions focusing on Native Americans, pond ecology, wetland plant identification, or a combination of these focus areas. Programs are […]

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 […]

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