Do hands-on activities with Smithsonian ecologists at Science Saturdays! Each of our five Saturdays explores a different side of nature. On May 18, learn about the secret lives of plants.
Bring the family for a paddle on the Rhode River! Look for wildlife, talk about research and enjoy time outside on the Bay with one of our trained guides. No experience necessary.
Over 50 nonnative marine species have found their way to the Galápagos, a new study reports. That's 10 times more than scientists once thought there were. (Photo: Inti Keith/CDF)
Expand your horizons this year! Dive into the latest discoveries about the oceans, atmosphere, and life underwater with our Tuesday evening lectures. Click to see the full schedule.
"The environment or the economy is a false choice. We can have both, if we have the creativity—and the courage—to change how we value the Earth."
Get the truth on the science and history of climate change, in this 6-part lecture series hosted by SERC plant ecologist Bert Drake. Watch all six episodes online!
Discover Smithsonian science in your backyard!Visiting Hours:
Monday-Saturday, 8:30am-4:30pm. Closed Sundays and federal holidays.
Speaker: Dr. William Sweet, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Photo: Dan Minchin/Marine Organism Investigations
Photo: Gary Peresta/SERC
Photo: Carl Benson
Welcome to the world of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, doing science in your backyard!
Speakers: Susan Cook-Patton (The Nature Conservancy) and Ariana Sutton-Grier (University of Maryland)
Welcome to the world of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, doing science in your backyard.
For half a century, SERC scientists have taken on environmental issues on Chesapeake Bay and around the world and uncovered new ways to protect the planet. Learn more about SERC’s history and discoveries.