Archaeology of the Patuxent River: Canoeing through History

Jun 04, 2023 10:00AM—2:00PM


Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary - Visitor Center 1361 Wrighton Road Lothian, MD 20711

Cost $20.00


Join expert archaeologist Stephanie Sperling, M.A.A., Senior Archaeologist, Archaeology Office of Natural and Historical Resources Division M-NCPPC, in a canoeing expedition to learn about the archaeological and cultural history along the Patuxent River. Stephanie will share how archaeological sites inform us about past ways of life from early occupations over 10,000 years ago to historic times.

Children must be at least 7 years old. Children under 13 must be accompanied by two paddling adults. The child will sit in the middle of the canoe with adults paddling. Trips are 4 hours long and include: general orientation, basic paddling lesson, up to 0.5 mile walk to canoes/kayaks, launching canoes, and paddling. Paddlers can expect to actively paddle for 2 to 2.5 hours.

The Patuxent River is a relatively slow-moving river, but paddlers must be able to propel the canoe through the water. Participants must be able to:

1. Independently participate in all activities while maintaining an appropriate and safe body position.

2. Manage all personal care and personal mobility independently.

3. Effectively communicate with leaders and other participants.

Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, sun hat, sunglasses, a lunch/snack, and wear closed toe shoes that can get wet & muddy. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start time. $20 per person. Registration is required and is limited to 16 participants. Ages 7 and older. Must be 18 without a parent/guardian. Current health guidelines and registration required. Go to  Activity Net #31829. For questions, call 410-222-8006 or email