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Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater, MD 21037
(443) 482-2388
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About Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

The Smithsonian’s Living Laboratory on the Chesapeake Bay:  SERC is a world-class research institution that shares its science through formal and informal education programs Monday-Saturday 9-4:30 p.m.  Visitors may view programs and register online.  Come explore our 2,650 acres on hiking and biking trails, canoe and kayak tours, and outreach programs.  SERC ecologists are committed to uncovering the mysteries of Chesapeake Bay and other coastlines around the globe. Our 2,650-acre wooded campus also acts as an outdoor museum. Every year thousands of visitors hike our trails, canoe our streams and learn about the natural world. Click through the slideshow below for a behind-the-scenes look at our research and the various ways ordinary citizens are exploring the Bay with us.

A Beautiful Natural Treasure
We enjoy hiking in places with opportunities to observe and photograph wildlife in natural settings. This was our first visit to SERC and it did not disappoint! We saw a large diversity of woodland... Read Full Review
Waterfront nature in hideaway
Interesting to see untouched environment. Also good to see scientists working to protect the Chesapeake's natural beauty. Might come back when autumn leaves are at peak. Read Full Review
Eco Center for kids
The eco visitor center was clearly aimed at school kids. Fun stuff for them but not very stimulating for older citizen scientists. Read Full Review

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