Public Programs

Calendar of Events

Summer Programs

Evening Lectures

For Adults


Pet Policy


Evening Lecture Series
Don't forget to check out our
Weekly Science Seminars and other Adult Public Programs

Our 2016 evening lectures will occur on the third Tuesday of every month March through November. They are free and open to the public. Lectures run from 7-8 p.m. with light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, all lectures will take place in the Schmidt Conference Center.

Directions to SERC and the Schmidt Center

Upcoming Evening Lectures:

July 20, 2016 7:00PM
Restoring Muddy Creek: An Experiment to Revive a Degraded Stream
Joshua Thompson
Date change! This lecture will be held on the third Wednesday of July instead of Tuesday. All other lectures held on Tuesday unless otherwise noted. Summary: Streams act as reactive pipes, transforming, transporting, and storing nutrients and sediments on their journey from the land to the sea. But when streams become eroded and watersheds degraded, they can lose the ability to filter and transform, and merely funnel material from soils to the sea. This lecture tells the story of Muddy Creek, a once-eroded stream at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center that underwent restoration earlier this year. Scientists have been tracking its sediment- and nutrient-sequestering abilities before and after restoration. In a time when pollutant pressures on fresh and coastal waters is great, does stream restoration present a silver bullet or a red herring?
Contact Info: Kristen Minogue, 443-482-2325,