5-Day Potomac River Adventure
August 21st – 25th
EcoAdventures is excited to partner with the Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School to bring your middle-school & high-school aged student on the trip of a lifetime where they will learn that they are capable of more than they ever thought possible!
Start your expedition at our Leakin Park Campus in Baltimore, where you’ll meet your crew for the next week. You’ll get all of your gear prepared and then head to the start part of the expedition with your canoes and gear. For the next four nights, your crew will traverse the winding Potomac River along the Maryland / West Virginia border. During the river portion, students learn the art of paddling a canoe in a variety of water conditions as well as map and compass reading, water navigation and expedition planning. Paddling partners work together to navigate a variety of river features. They will take on various roles through the expedition to help their crew with navigation, cooking, and camp setup. Our specifically designed, and field test curriculum will challenge students of all levels, abilities and leadership skills.
Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School’s mission is to change lives through challenge and discovery. Since their establishment in 1986, they have worked with over 70,000 students in the Mid-Atlantic, and is part of an international network of schools that has been providing character education for over 75 years. Learn more about their programs on their website.
The Outward Bound experiential education model focuses on these core design principles – learning through experience, providing an authentic challenge and adventure, and creating a supportive environment. Students walk away from course with a new depth to their socio-emotional skills, which helps them develop into more confident, compassionate leaders.
The canoeing portion of this course takes place on the Potomac River. During the river portion, students learn the art of paddling a canoe in a variety of water conditions as well as map and compass reading, water navigation and expedition planning. Paddling partners work together to navigate a variety of river features.
The Potomac River is located along the mid-Atlantic Ocean coast of the United States and flows into the Chesapeake Bay. The river (main stem and North Branch) is approximately 405 miles (652 km) long, with a drainage area of about 14,700 square miles (38,000 km²). In terms of area, this makes the Potomac River the fourth largest river along the Atlantic coast of the United States and the 21st largest in the United States. Over 5 million people live within the Potomac watershed.