Current Programs

While current restrictions related to Covid 19 make many of the Sultana Education Foundation’s (SEF) traditional school and public programs impossible, SEF remains committed to providing meaningful opportunities for children, adults, and families to interact with the natural world. As we endeavor to connect people to the outdoors, our absolute priority is the safety of our participants and staff. Whether in person or virtually, our goal is to provide you with a great Chesapeake experience. Below is a summary of SEF’s current offerings.

Public Programs

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For School & Youth Groups

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 limited to 10 participants or less.

To arrange or for more information email Chris Cerino,

Ages 8+ / Free* - $150 / 2-3 Hours
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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 limited to 9 participants or less.

To arrange or for more information email

Virtual Programs

Ages 3+ / Free* - $150 / 30-90 Minutes
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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 all ages, and focus on Chesapeake Bay ecology, Native Americans of the Chesapeake region, or maritime life aboard the 1768 schooner SULTANA.

 To arrange or for more information email or visit the 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.

The safety of participants and staff is the Sultana Education Foundation’s top priority. Our in-person programs were developed in consultation with medical professionals and the local health department and conform with relevant state, federal, and industry association guidelines. Where guidelines differ, SEF complies with the most stringent guideline available. Prior to each program, staff will contact participants with the current safety protocols.