Tick, Tick, Tick: Sultana Summer Programs Filling Quickly

Sultana Education Foundation Summer Programs Filling Quickly January 28, 2015 – Chestertown, Maryland: The rush is on to register for the Sultana Education Foundation’s Summer Enrichment Programs. Targeted at students ages 7-17, the Foundation’s Summer Programs include three and five-day voyages on the 1768 schooner SULTANA, five-day kayak adventures on the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, and four and five-day canoe and kayak dayprograms for younger students. New for 2015, the Foundation is offering a five-day program on the SULTANA for High School students that will see the schooner and her crew voyage south to St. Mary’s College off the Potomac River. The Foundation’s Summer 2015 programs are already 50% full, with several individual trips nearing capacity.

“These are incredible experiences, which is why we have students coming back year after year,” said Sultana’s Paddling Director John Mann. “Whether students sail on SULTANA or join one of our paddling expeditions they are getting a truly once-in-alifetime experience that gives them a chance to see incredible parts of the Chesapeake.”

The Sultana Education Foundation has a long-standing commitment of providing generous financial aid for its Summer Programs. Thanks to support from The Indian Point Foundation and The Allen Malcolm Fund, the Foundation’s Partner School Program offers students from select schools in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties tuition discounts of up to 40% for five-day residential programs on the schooner SULTANA and five-day kayak trips.

Details about the Sultana Education Foundation’s Summer Programs, including trip dates, tuition, and Partner School Program information can be found on the Foundation’s website, www.sultanaeducation.org.

Sail With Sultana During Tea Party Weekend

Gunston Trip, May 21 - 25, 2012 014Visit the historic port of Chestertown, Maryland this weekend to sail on the schooner SULTANA during the “Chestertown Tea Party Festival.” This annual event commemorates Chestertown’s protest of British Tea Taxes in 1774. As local legend has it, citizens of this colonial port boarded the Brigantine Geddes and dumped its cargo into the Chester River. During the festival the schooner SULTANA will be in port for a host of public sails. Tickets are still available for sails on both Saturday and Sunday of the weekend with each outing capturing a unique facet of the festival.

SULTANA’s two-hour public sails are a great way to sail the Chester River onboard a traditional schooner. Passengers are encouraged to help raise the sails, steer using SULTANA’s seven-foot long tiller, and explore the authentically reproduced crew’s quarters below-decks.

Beginning on Saturday, the schooner will depart from the town dock at 10:00am, returning to port at the perfect time for passengers to get up close and personal for the popular reenactment of the storming of the Geddes and the tossing of the tea into the river. Saturday afternoon’s sail at 4:30 offers festivalgoers a great end to a full day, returning to the dock to a quiet and relaxed Chestertown.

On Sunday, the Festival is reinvented with the popular Tea Party Raft Race and vendors in Wilmer Park. Schooner SULTANA will sail at 11:00am and 2:00pm, with the afternoon sail offering a unique view of the hilarity of the raft race.

Advance reservations are recommended for all sails and can be completed online or by contacting the Sultana Education Foundation office at 410-778-5954. Online registration is available until Midnight of the preceding day of the program. If available, tickets may be purchased at the dock before the sail. For more information or reservations, please visit www.sultanaeducation.org.


Sultana Creates Programming for Caroline County Elementary Schools

The fourth grade of Caroline County, more than 400 students in all, are visiting Chestertown this April to learn about the Chesapeake Bay while sailing aboard the schooner SULTANA. These students represent the fourth grade classes from all five Elementary Schools in the county, including Denton Elementary, Federalsburg Elementary, Greensboro Elementary, Preston Elementary, and Ridgely Elementary.

This is the 13th year the Sultana Education Foundation has worked with Caroline County’s fourth grade students, making it one of the Foundation’s longest standing partnerships. Amazingly, some of the first group of Caroline students who sailed on SULTANA back in 2002 will begin graduating from college this spring. “It has been great to see these students as they become adults,” said Sultana Education Foundation Vice President Chris Cerino. “The Sultana experience sticks with them and it is clear that we have influenced a generation of kids to be stewards of the environment and students of history.”

In addition to their under-sail program on the schooner SULTANA, and walking tours of Chestertown’s Historic District, the Caroline County students will participate in a follow-up experience this May planting trees at Tuckahoe and Martinak State Parks. Over the past ten years this component of Caroline County’s Sultana program has led to thousands of new trees. Funded in part by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, Caroline County’s Sultana programs are helping to ensure that knowledge and care of the Chesapeake Watershed are an enduring part of the curriculum for the entire county.



Sultana Education Foundation Purchases Chestertown Property for Education Center

SEF_022814_200scrossThe Sultana Education Foundation has completed the purchase of a property in Chestertown as the site for a new 9,000 square-foot Education Center. The establishment of Sultana’s Education Center is part of a five-year initiative by the Foundation to double the number of K-12 students it serves and expand its programs for the public.

Located at the corner of Cannon and Cross streets, formerly the site of Kent Printing, Inc., the property features an existing 1859 building and an adjoining open lot. The Foundation is working with the architectural firm of Castro Arts to finalize designs for a new building to be built on the open lot and joined with the existing 19th century structure. The completed complex will include a lecture hall, wet-lab, multi-purpose classrooms, and a dedicated project shop for hands-on instruction and activities.

SEF_022814_edcenter2Sultana’s Education center is being designed as a LEED Platinum facility, the highest certification for environmental sustainability awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council. When complete, the Center will be one of only a handful LEED Platinum buildings in the United States located in a National Landmark Historic District.

Sultana plans to complete the design for its Education Center this spring, place the project out to bid over the summer, and begin construction as early as the fourth quarter of 2014. Construction will be contingent upon the Foundation securing an additional $1 million in funding. To date the Foundation has raised $1.5 million to support the purchase of the property and to fund an operational endowment for the completed Education Center. Sultana intends to have the Center complete and operating in the first half of 2016.


Sultana’s Partner School Program Reduces Summer Program Tuition by 40% for Eastern Shore Students

SEF_021814_SultanaThanks to generous support from the Indian Point Foundation and The Allen Malcolm Fund, the Sultana Education Foundation has almost $10,000 in scholarship funds available through its Partner School Program for students participating in its 2014 Summer Programs. The Foundation provides a variety of Summer Programs for children ages 7-16, including trips on the schooner SULTANA, and paddling trips on the Chesapeake Bay. Sultana’s Partner School Program provides an automatic 40% tuition discount on the Foundation’s five-day residential programs to students who attend designated schools in Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot Counties. Limited scholarships beyond Sultana’s Partner School discount are available on a case-by-case basis.

Sultana Education Foundation’s Partner School Program was created to ensure that the Eastern Shore students Sultana works with during the school year have an opportunity to continue learning about the Chesapeake over the summer. The Partner School Program discounts the cost of week-long trips on the schooner SULTANA from $750 to $450 and the cost of week-long kayak trips from $450 to $285.

Space and funding for the Partner School Program is limited, and funding is awarded on a first-come first-served basis. Summer Program and Partner School information can be obtained at www.sultanaeducation.org or by contacting Liza Brocker at 410-778-5954 / lbrocker@sultanaeducation.org.


Sultana Projects Launches New Summer Programming

Sultana3Sultana Projects, Inc. is pleased to announce that its summer programming for children and young adults now includes a day camp version of its popular Kayak Program. Offered for children ages 9-12, the new program is designed for kids looking to explore the great outdoors. Sultana Projects’ other summer programming includes residential camping on the Schooner Sultana for ages 11-14, residential Kayak Trips for ages 11-14, and non-residential Canoeing Day Camps for ages 7-11.

Much like the Canoe Camps, each day of Kayak Camp begins at Wilmer Park in Chestertown, Maryland, where participants meet the staff to look at maps to determine where that day’s paddle will take place. Campers then board a 15-passenger van towing a mobile kayak rig and travel to a put-in site on a local waterway. Once underway, students spend most of the day learning basic paddling skills, exploring creeks and marshes, pulling seine nets to sample marine life, beachcombing, and swimming. Afternoons are spent fishing with a hook and line, catching critters with hand nets, taking nature hikes, and visiting local country stores to enjoy popsicles. Kayak Camp helps to instill confidence in children who will come away from the week with a complete understanding of basic kayaking skills.

Sultana 2“We’ve had such success with our Summer Programs, that each year we’re left with a sizable waiting list of students.  This year we’re introducing Kayak Camp to help us meet that demand, as well as offer a kind of “in-between” option for those who wanted more independence, but weren’t quite ready for an overnight experience,” said John Mann, Sultana Projects’ Director of Educational Programs.  “Kayaks allow our students to gain confidence while learning to operate his/her own vessel.  We’ll utilize locations in both Kent and Queen Anne’s counties (different from our Canoe Camp sites) that are ideal for paddling, fishing, and swimming.  Through Kayak Camp we will significantly increase the number of young people that join us to enjoy and experience the Chesapeake Bay.”

Currently the Kayak Program has three terms available, July 15-19, August 5-9, and August 12-16. Spaces are limited to 10 campers per week and fill up very quickly. Registration forms and information are available by visiting www.sultanaprojects.org or calling 410.778.5954.


Downrigging: Marc Castelli Watercolors at Massoni

Join Sultana Projects for the opening of noted painter Marc Castelli’s 2012 Downrigging Weekend Exhibition at the Carla Massoni Gallery in Chestertown. Expect to see incredible renderings of watermen, workboats, and log canoes from an artist recognized for many years as a Modern Marine Master by the Mystic Seaport Maritime Museum.  Castelli has been painting the workboats, watermen, and log canoes of the region for nearly twenty years. He is known for his intimate perspective on the watermen’s lives, a perspective gained by his active involvement on their workboats. His ability to capture the majesty and action packed races of the Chesapeake Bay log canoes is due to his years serving as crew on these historic vessels.

Drift About/ Miles River by Marc Castelli

This year’s exhibition will feature over thirty new watercolor paintings including work inspired by Castelli’s trip to the South Coast of England to revisit the Solent and the 2012 J Class Regatta.   The Downrigging Exhibition also serves as the premier of the eleventh in the series of his Chesapeake Bay Log Canoe Prints.


Sultana Joins Chesapeake Watershed Initiative Partnership

Sultana Projects will partner with the National Geographic Society, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Maryland Geographic Alliance, and a select group of additional partners in seven states for a new educational initiative targeting teachers and students in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.   Known as theChesapeake Watershed Initiative, the two-year program will provide dynamic, geographic learning experiences and investigations of watershed concepts using real-time geospatial technology for up to 20,000 students and teachers.

The Maryland component of the Chesapeake Watershed Initiative is being overseen by the Maryland Geographic Alliance, a member of National Geographic’s Network of Alliances for Geographic Education, and Sultana Projects, Inc., a Chesapeake-based non-profit that specializes in educational field experiences.    Core components of the Maryland Chesapeake Watershed Initiative include professional development seminars for teachersstudent field experiences, instruction in the use of National Geographic’s FieldScope web-based GIS platform, and comprehensive coordination with the Maryland State Department of Education’s standards for environmental literacy.   All Maryland schools and teachers are eligible to participate in the programs of the Maryland Chesapeake Watershed Initiative.

“The Chesapeake Watershed Initiative is an incredible opportunity for Maryland schools and teachers,” said Sultana Projects Vice President Chris Cerino who will be overseeing the initiative’s programs.  “Thanks to support from NOAA, the initiative’s programs are affordable for almost any school.”

The Chesapeake Watershed Initiative will host its first Professional Development Programs for teachers this December with seminars in St. Michaels and Chestertown, followed by additional seminars in Baltimore and Solomons in February.   Student Field Programs, including canoe and kayak-based wetlands explorations as well as specially designed educational trips on Sultana Projects’ schooner SULTANA will begin in April of 2013.

For additional information about the Maryland Chesapeake Watershed Initiative, including program descriptions, dates, and registration information, please visit: www.sultanaprojects.org/cwi