Programs 2020

2020 has been a year like no other as the COVID crisis has disrupted the fabric of our daily lives. While current restrictions 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 provide whatever opportunities we can, our absolute priority is the safety of our participants and staff. Whether in person or virtually, we look forward to sharing a great Chesapeake experience with you this fall and winter. Take a look at what we are offering in 2020!

Public Programs

Ages 12+ / $30 / 2.5 Hours
August thru October

Join our staff for a unique kayak excursion on the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. Most paddles take place on Maryland’s upper Eastern Shore, and each paddle features a unique theme. Kayaks and gear are provided so all you need is water, a snack, and your binoculars! Minimum age to participate is 12. The Foundation is taking extra steps to ensure the safety of its staff and program participants. Social distancing guidelines will be followed, each paddle will be kept to 8 participants and held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 AM-11:30 AM to avoid crowds.

Photo Album

Ages 3+ / Free - $150* / 2-3 Hours 
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Now thru October

Family paddles are an incredible way to get outside of the house this summer in a safe and fun way for kids, adults and friend groups. Explore, fish, seine for critters, or just mosey down the is completely up to you and your party. Morning, afternoon or evening, our staff is happy to accommodate the needs of each group. Excursions are limited to 9 participants or less. 

To arrange or for more information email

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
*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 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.
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