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Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater, MD 21037
(443) 482-2200
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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 quiet place to hike some trails
We discovered this location from an article in a magazine, never knew it existed. We showed up early and hiked a couple of the trails. One runs alongside the Rhode River, so quiet, we went during... Read Full Review
Enormous waterfront property with limited access
I went here recently as part of a garden tour. It is a large piece of unapproved waterfront property on the Rhode River. There is very limited access to this property. Look for days and hours they... Read Full Review
A wonderful resource.
We go to their lectures that are pretty much year round. Their scientists are generally the speakers and the topics range from climate change to oysters of the Chesapeake Bay. It is a beautiful... Read Full Review

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