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Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater, MD 21037
(443) 482-2200

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.