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Visiting Hours:
Monday through Saturday, 8:30am-4:30pm. Closed Sundays and federal holidays.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, Oct 21

  • Chesapeake Bay Parasite Project
    Citizen Science
    Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 9:00am - 4:30pm
    Event Location
    SERC Dock

    An introduced parasite is affecting native mud crabs in Chesapeake Bay. The parasite is now common in the Bay, but its abundance and spread vary greatly from year to year. Scientists need your help to track the parasite!

    Pre-registration Required
    9:00AM - 4:30PM

Saturday, Oct 28

  • Guided Canoe Trip
    Field Trip
    Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

    Paddle along the Rhode River while learning about the native wildlife of Chesapeake Bay! No prior experience necessary. Advanced signups required. Click for details and registration info.

    Pre-registration Required
    9:00AM - 12:00PM
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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.