Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)

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Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)


The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) provides science-based knowledge to meet the environmental challenges of the 21st century. SERC leads research on coastal ecosystems—where the land meets the sea—to inform real-world decisions for wise policies, best business practices, and a sustainable planet.   Its 2,650-acre campus spans forests, wetlands, marshes and 12 miles of protected shoreline. The site serves as a natural laboratory for long-term and cutting-edge ecological research. The campus is open six days a week for hiking on several miles of trails and for kayak launches from the dock.  Other resources include historic structures and an education center.  Public programs include frequent lectures, education programs and an annual open house.

Trails and education grounds are open to the public Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Sundays and federal holidays.

Telephone: (443) 482-2200
Address: 647 Contees Wharf Rd.
Edgewater, MD 21037

Virtual Experiences:

Do citizen science from your home, and help identify some of the bizarre life underwater. SERC’s scientists have relaunched InvaderID. Through Invader ID, you can help SERC track changes in fouling communities and look for new occurrences of invasive species.

Learn More on their Website:




African American Heritage, Preservation, The Chesapeake Bay, Virtual Experiences