Public Programs

With more than 11,000 miles of shoreline, the Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in North America and home to some of the most historic and environmentally significant waterways in the United States. The Sultana Education Foundation offers a variety of programs for individuals, friends, and families to get out and experience this national treasure in our midst. In addition to the scheduled programs outlined below, SEF also works with organized groups to arrange custom programs.

Public Paddle

Ages 12+ / $30 per / 2.5 Hours
May thru October

Join Sultana Education Foundation’s staff naturalists for one of our unique kayak paddles 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. During a typical voyage, participants paddle through scenic, underdeveloped portions of one of the Bay’s tributaries while learning about regional flora and fauna specific to that location. Kayaks are provided so all you need to bring is water, a snack, and your binoculars! Paddles are 2.5 hours long, $30 per person. Minimum age to participate is 12.

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2020 Schedule/Tickets Coming Soon!

Public Sail

Ages 5+ / $30 per / 2 Hours
May thru October/November (dependent on Downrigging Festival)

A trip on the 1768 schooner SULTANA is a great way to experience the Chester River onboard a traditional schooner. Passengers are encouraged to help raise the sails, steer using SULTANA’s seven-foot tiller, and explore the authentically reproduced crew’s quarters below-decks. Sultana Education Foundation will offer special and full-day sails to organization and groups, prices for these trips may vary. Unless noted otherwise, all sails depart and return to the Chestertown Marina, 207 S. Water Street, in Chestertown, MD. Sails are two hours long and cost $30 for adults and $15 for children under 12. Minimum age aboard is 5.

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2020 Schedule/Tickets Coming Soon!


Toddler Time

Ages 3-5 / FREE / 10:30am-11:30am
Fridays November thru March (see schedule)

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. Held most Friday mornings between November and March at SEF’s Holt Education Center (200 S. Cross St., Chestertown), Toddler Time is both educational and fun! No pre-registration is required, but program sizes are limited! Adults must stay for the entire program.

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Click here for 2019/2020 Schedule (pdf)

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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