Exploring the Waterways

One Night Off Campus

Come explore the pristine rivers, creeks, and streams of Maryland’s Eastern Shore with your fellow students on this four day kayak program. The first day will be spent exploring the Chester River, home to bald eagles, Atlantic blue crabs, and some of the most unspoiled scenery in the Chesapeake region.



The second half of the trip will feature a two-day, one-night camping excursion at Sassafras Natural Resource Management Area, a 1,000 acre nature preserve that features spectacular views of the Sassafras River. During the overnight program, participants will explore the sandy beaches of the Sassafras, pull seine nets to sample marine life, paddle through wetland habitats, fish with a hook and line, cook over an open fire, and view the upper Bay from atop the 70 foot cliffs lining the lower Sassafras River. Along the way, local guides will provide students with information about the history of Kent County and its many local waterways. Of course, there will also be plenty of time to relax and meet new friends.  


To begin this journey we will start with a full day on the Chester River with some stops along the way to include lunch and lesiure time. Activites will include paddling, swimming, fishing, sampling marine life, conducting tests to monitor water quality, expploring wetlands and shoreline evironments, and examining maps of the Chesapeake.

Tuesday, August 21

Overnight camping trip on the Sassafras River! Students should arrive with all the gear and clothing needed for a camping trip. Activites from previous day will be mirrored once again as the students take on kayaking the Sassafras!