Paddling Programs

Quick Facts

Grade Level 3-12
Capacity 25 (canoe programs), 12 (kayak programs)
Program Length 2-5 hours
Program Locations Protected tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay

The Sultana Education Foundation’s paddling programs are a great way for students to explore the shallow creeks, streams, and rivers that flow to our nation’s largest estuary.  During a typical school program, students paddle scenic, undeveloped portions of one of the Bay’s tidal tributaries while learning about the flora and fauna that make the estuary so unique.  Canoe and kayak programs take place on the National Park Service’s Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail and were established with the support of the National Park Service’s Chesapeake Bay Gateways office.

Curriculum Highlights

Environmental Science

  • Estuarine Science
  • Shoreline and Wetland Environments
  • Water Quality
  • Specimen Collection / Basic Anatomy & Adaptations
  • Geography of the Chesapeake Bay and its Watershed


  • Native American History
  • John Smith’s Voyages and European Settlement
  • Local History

A Note About Safety:  The Sultana Education Foundation’s paddling programs are overseen by an American Canoe Association certified instructor, Red Cross certified lifeguard, and a certified Wilderness First Aid Responder.