On Friday, September 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD hosts Sultana Education Foundation’s Chris Cerino on a paddle through the marshes of Chicone Creek, a major tributary to the Nanticoke River near the historic town of Vienna, MD.
Chicone was once home to a flourishing Nanticoke Indian community and became one of the first Indian reservations in the United States. Today, the creek contains some of the most pristine marsh habitat on the East Coast. During this half-day program, participants will use small craft to explore the unspoiled scenery, history and native flora and fauna with seasoned naturalist and educator, Chris Cerino.
“A paddle on Chicone Creek is the closest we can get to travelling back to the era of John Smith, when the Chesapeake was a place of cypress groves, sturgeon and thick marshes,” said CBMM’s Director of Education Kate Livie. “It’s an incredible opportunity to see what remains of the bay that the Indians knew so well.”
Kayaks will be provided, with participants needing to be able to physically maneuver into and out of a kayak with ease. The cost is $45 per person, with limited participation and advanced registration needed. Participants will be provided with additional logistical information, including carpool information, upon registration. Lunch can be brought, or a boxed lunch can be purchased for an additional $10 per person. To pre-register or for more information, call 410-745-4941.