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.

SEF is offering limited Public Programs throughout 2021 that abide by Covid-19 regulations/guidelines and as the season allows. We will resume all other programs as the situation permits, while continuing to respect all CDC, federal and state opening regulations

**in case of inclement weather i.e. rain or extreme heat, Public Paddles may be rescheduled. You will be contacted by Sultana staff with alternate dates or if necessary, refund information.

 

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

Join our staff for a unique kayak excursion on the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail featuring pristine wetlands full of plants, animals and scenic views. Paddles will highlight organisms and historic landmarks at each site. Kayaks and gear are provided. Minimum age to participate is 12, and 8 participants maximum. SEF is following social distancing and cleaning guidelines. Public Paddles are offered in Partnership with the National Park Service.

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Ages 3+ / Free - $150* / 2-3 Hours 
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May 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 river...it 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 paddling@sultanaeducation.org

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! Questions or need more information? Contact John Mann at jmann@sultanaeducation.org

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Ages 5+ / $30 per / 2 Hours
Maintenance & Operations Expected to Continue June 2021, Stay Tuned for Scheduling & Tickets!

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 organizations 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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Event Details to be Announced this Summer!

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, attend lectures and art exhibits, eat and drink local fare, watch fireworks, and support the Sultana Education Foundation’s educational programs for the public.

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Ages 3-5 / FREE!
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Toddler Time lets children explore the natural world through stories, songs, games, crafts and interactions with wildlife - all led by SEF's professional staff. Held most Friday mornings from late fall through early spring, Toddler Time is both educational and FUN! Due to the program's popularity and prepwork we ask that participants (guardians and children) pre-register prior to each session via the link provided by our staff. If you are interested in booking a program for school and childcare groups or need more information, please Contact Beth Lenker. blenker@sultanaeducation.org
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*Registration will be posted this upcoming Fall.