Sultana Education Foundation

Kids probe the marsh with handheld nets.
Kids probe the marsh with nets during a school field trip.

NPS / Sultana Education Foundation

Location: Chesterfield, Maryland
Address: Holt Education Center 200 South Cross Street Chestertown, Maryland 21620
Phone: (410) 778-5954
Things to Do:

  • Public Paddles & Sails
  • Downrigging Festival
  • Toddler Time
  • School & Summer Youth Programs

NOTE: Please visit Sultana's website in order to plan your visit. You'll need to sign up in order to participate in one of their programs!

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Public Paddles

Join Sultana Education Foundation for unique kayak excursions on the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

Replica shallop-type sailboat
A replica of a shallop, the type of ship John Smith used to sail the Chesapeake Bay in 1608.

Colleen Moore

About Sultana Education Foundation

Sultana Education Foundation (SEF) immerses students in the natural and cultural histories of the Chesapeake Bay through hands on experiences.

Each year, SEF takes 4,500 students sailing on their replica schooner. Students also get the opportunity to kayak in different Bay locations thanks to SEF’s mobile canoe and kayak rigs.

Members of the public can participate in SEF’s public paddles, family paddles, public sails, and annual Downrigging Festival.

SEF’s headquarters is the Holt Education Center, located in Chestertown, MD. Holt Center, which also serves as a visitor center for the trail, features facilities such as a Geography classroom, wet lab, and Native American exhibit. SEF also assists the trail in promoting the Sassafras and Chester river trails.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, SEF continued to reach students through its virtual classroom, educating students about Native American heritage, the colonial period, and maritime traditions. Videos explain the various traditional technologies that allowed Native communities to thrive in the local environment.

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Last updated: April 25, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 210
Yorktown, VA 23690


(757) 856-1220

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