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Upcoming Events

Saturday, Sep 21

  • SERC Public Tour - September 21st
    autumn trail

    Free; Advance registration required

    Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 10:00am
    Event Location
    Reed Education Center

    Did you know that trees breathe? That beaver ponds can teach us how to clean water? That there are zombie crabs in our rivers? Welcome to the world of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, doing science in your backyard!

    10:00AM

Wednesday, Sep 25

  • SERC Public Tour - September 25th
    autumn trails

    Free; Advance registration required

    Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 1:00pm
    Event Location
    Reed Education Center

    Did you know that trees breathe? That beaver ponds can teach us how to clean water? That there are zombie crabs in our rivers? Welcome to the world of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, doing science in your backyard!

    1:00PM

Saturday, Oct 5

  • SERC Public Tour - October 5th
    autumn trails
    Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 10:00am
    Event Location
    Reed Education Center

    Did you know that trees breathe? That beaver ponds can teach us how to clean water? That there are zombie crabs in our rivers? Welcome to the world of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, doing science in your backyard!

    10:00AM

Tuesday, Oct 15

  • The Ocean: Our Future
    Lecture

    Robert Lee Forrest Keynote Lecture

    Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm
    Event Location
    St. John's College, Francis Scott Key Auditorium

    Speaker: Dr. Jane Lubchenco, marine biologist and first female administrator of NOAA

    6:00PM - 8:30PM
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50 Years of Discovery 

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.