Your First Year

Orientation Explore

Register for Explore Programs Starting June 1!

Download move-in schedule (PDF)

You will be given a specific schedule for your Orientation Explore program upon arriving to campus.

Orientation Explore offers an exciting start to your first year at Washington College. Gain valuable skills, get a jump-start on getting involved on campus, and meet other students with similar interests.

  • Capital Crawl

    A weekend of adventuring in Washington DC and Annapolis including a private Capitol Building Tour, a show at the Kennedy Center, and adventure on the Annapolis Harbor.

  • Dying to Knit

    Learn a relaxing, fun hobby that will keep you warm during the cold Maryland months at Washington College.

  • Experience Kent County-Eastern Shore Style

    Get to know the Eastern Shore by traveling the waterways to discover the culture of the area and new aspects of yourself. 

  • Exploring the Waterways

    Explore the pristine rivers, creeks, and streams of Maryland’s Eastern Shore with your fellow students on this three-day kayak program.


  • Finding Your Passion

    Experience the interconnectivity of our environment, our community and ourselves while exploring the Chester River, local parks and environmental education programs.

  • Underground Railroad

    Travel the path from slavery to freedom in this living history immersion experience. We’ll visit the Harriet Tubman State Park, and gather supplies to retrace a route of the Underground Railroad. 

  • In the Footsteps of GW

    We’ll follow George Washington’s life and work from Mt. Vernon to DC and Chestertown to understand his legacy as a soldier, a farmer, an entrepreneur, a leader, and a citizen.

  • Sculpture in Chestertown

    Kent County: A Space to Create

    Enjoy performances, creative workshops and studio tours as you explore Chestertown’s Arts & Entertainment District and other arts venues around Kent County.

  • Let’s Play: Washington College

    Roleplaying games, board games, trading card games, and even video games! Meet others with similar interests. No experience necessary.

  • Permaculture

    Create a healthy and productive relationship with the natural world through ecological design.

  • Sail the Sultana

    Explore history on the water in an exciting and scenic three-day sailing adventure aboard the Royal Navy Schooner HMS Sultana.

  • Self Defense & Safety

    Learn how to defend yourself and use helpful safety tips against danger in a fun and fulfilling way with other First-Year Students.

  • Shore Fit

    Learn to navigate the health and wellness community of Chestertown. Energize the start of the school year with fitness—SUP yoga to group exercise and more.

  • Tour de Shore

    Enjoy cycling through beautiful places surrounding Chestertown and the Chesapeake!

  • WACked Out Service

    Get a jump start on community service at WAC by working as a team to support the vitality of the local community. 

  • Chesapeake Semester Crash Course

    Explore the environment by kayak and spend an evening camping. Catch crabs with watermen, visit the Maritime Museum and a National Wildlife Refuge. 


    Visit the 911 Center, Rescue Squad, Hospital, MSP Helicopter, Chesapeake College’s EMS Program, and become CPR & AED certified.

  • Experience the Chester River- Live on It!

    Live aboard a skipjack and enjoy fishing, swimming, exploring remote shorelines, cooking and eating local crabs.

  • Filmmaking Boot Camp

    Learn filmmaking as you explore storytelling from documentary, experimental, and narrative perspectives.

  • Get Social

    Set yourself up for social networking beyond Snapchat. Build your brand and use social media to promote yourself—yep, that’s a thing!

  • If You Build it

    Get crafty and learn hands-on experience to gain lifelong skills to build and create items that will keep your semester organized and your campus beautiful.

  • Indoor Games & Activities

    Start your semester off strong with indoor sports such as tennis, basketball, dodgeball, and other great activities.

  • Land and Sea Adventure

    Experience the outdoors with crabbing, a challenge course, wakeboarding, and kayaking.

  • Maker Bootcamp in IDEAWORKS

    Learn about tools and trends in the Maker Community and get your hands on the 3D printers, laser cutter, and more!  

  • Kayaking on the Chester

    Place and People

    Explore the local environment and all CES has to offer. Spend time kayaking, camping, bird banding, hiking, and forming some of your closest new friendships. 

  • Sailing

    This program is designed to enhanced the experience of both novice and veteran sailors with exposure to various forms of local sailing including, skipjacks and log canoes.

  • Set Your Course for Academic Success

    Sail through college with flying colors by setting your course early. Students will work together to unlock the secrets to college success.

  • Top Chef

    Want to learn how to cook delicious meals in your dorm room? Chefs from WAC and Camp Pecometh will help you create, serve, and enjoy your own dishes, with a cook-off on the last day!

  • Tread Lightly

    College is a perfect time to try new things and harness new skills. Unlock opportunities to experience the Eastern Shore by learning to swim. This program is designed for beginner and non-swimmers.  

  • Washington’s Secret History

    Become a history detective and unearth the secret history of Washington College.

Registration for all Orientation Explore programs is now closed

Questions? Call Laura Johnstone Wilson, Special Projects Coordinator, at 410-778-6587 or email

Washington College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any accommodation, please contact Andrea Vassar, Section 504/ADA Coordinator at, or call 410-778-7883.


Registration opens June 1 and closes June 28. Trip space is limited so we recommend signing up early! Notification about program placement will be before July 6th

Trip Cost?

The Orientation Explore programs will be included as a kick-start to your overall orientation experience here at Washington College. There is no fee for participating in this program.

Variety of Programs

We strive to make our programs diverse and unique to our student body. We will be offering 30 trips this summer that range from workshops, kayaking, outdoor education, and sailing on the Chester River. Individual program descriptions will be updated regularly.