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Your First Year

Orientation Explore!

Registration for Orientation Explore! Starting April 6!


New Student 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.


Registration will close  in June .

Space within each program is limited; we recommend signing up early!

Notification of program placement will be in July

The program leader will reach out to you after placement is confirmed with specific information regarding your program. You will also receive a schedule for your Explore! at New Student Orientation.

Trip Cost?

The New Student Orientation Explore! program is 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 over 30 trips this summer that range from exploring Washington D.C., to kayaking, outdoor education, and sailing on the Chester River. Individual program descriptions will be updated regularly.

Washington College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any accommodation, please contact Liz Shirk, Disability Access Specialist at, or call 410-778-7860.

Questions?  Call Elaine Grant, Director of Student Engagement, at 410-810-7146 or email .


  • chester river Aquatic Adventures

    Immerse yourself into life below the surface. Observe aquatic wildlife, jump into the ocean, paddlle along the river, and learn about the ecosystems beneath different waterways. 

  • 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, Shock Trama, MSP Helicopter, Chesapeake College’s EMS Program, and become CPR & AED certified.

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    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.


  • improv student Improv for Life!

    Learn the basics of improv, have a ton of fun and learn how to apply these skills to life. Less stress, more play. Less control, more flow.

  • dodgeball 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, fishing, and an array of watersports.

  • 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!  

  • Dj mixes the track in the nightclub at party. Headphones in foreground and DJ hands in motionMusic & Sound!

    Are you a musician? Join us as we record live sound, create electronic music using Ableton Live 10, tour the workshop Paul Reed Smith Guitars, and attend a show at a local & historic venue. 

  • 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 and sports logoShore & Sports

    From Crabbing and Wakeboarding to Badminton and Ultimate frisbee, get a head-start on trying out some of our fun recreational offerings here at Washington college

  • sustainSustainability at WAC and Beyond!

    Spend 3 days learning about the state of sustainability on campus and in the surrounding community!  Visit a recycling facility, a solar array, and a stormwater pond.

  • Top Chef

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

  • WACked Out Service: Habitat for Humanity

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

  • car mechanics Car Basics 

    Get working with your hands and learn one of the most useful skills with understanding the mechanics of a car. 

  • studio art Discover Your Future & Natural Talents

    Explore beautiful Kent County in this unique restorative art program that encourages free self-expression through painting, drawing, modeling and reflective activities.

  • SEB LogoExperience is Everything 

    Work with the Student Events Board and learn how to plan and execute events for the campus. Students in this program will explore the town, develop valueable skills and have fun along the way.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • murals Mural Arts

    Access your inner street artist and be apart of making Washington College a more beautiful place with participating in the painting of an on campus Mural! 

  • native american headress  Native American Life & Lore

    Learn about the culture and experience it hands-on. Visit the NMAI in DC, discover what is important to local tribes and participate in an indigenous ceremony.


    Plugged In

    Explore the evolution of media from print to the palm of your hand through workshops, case studies, and trips to NPR Headquarters and the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

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    Sleuths on the Shore

    Explore historic towns around the college while you work behind the scenes in a museum by the beach. Learn how curators leverage 21st century tech to share the treasures of museums.

  • WAC sailboats Set Sail for College

    College is the perfect time to learn new skills. Learn to sail and experience all the Eastern Shore has to offer without the drone of a motor. This program is designed for all levels.


    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.

  • womens marchThe Revolution Begins!

    “Be the change you want to see.” Learn how you can make a difference in Chestertown through your interest in the law, social justice, politics, and equity and inclusion work.

  • 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. 

  • cardboard boat race Whatever Floats Your Boat!

    Join a WAC student tradition and be ready for all the fun and prizes by building a sea-worthy vessel using only cardboard, duct tape, glue, caulk and paint!

 As we explore Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington DC during our orientation programs, we are not contributing to global climate change!  By purchasing carbon offsets from, we have helped develop projects that keep carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.  Our purchase helps build wind turbines, capture methane, build more efficient cookstoves, and protect forests.  For every pound of CO2 that our Orientation Explore! vans emit, an equivalent amount of CO2 will be drawn out of the atmosphere by these activities, or (and even better) an equivalent amount of greenhouse gases will be prevented from entering the atmosphere in the first place.  A complete roster of projects is available at