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Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 13

  • Archaeology Dig Day
    Citizen Science
    Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 9:30am - 3:30pm

    The SERC Archaeology Lab is looking for volunteers to help excavate sites on our campus in Edgewater, Maryland. Volunteers will work alongside researchers and citizen scientists to excavate units, sieve sediment, and wash and sort artifacts. 

    Pre-registration Required
    Yes
    9:30AM - 3:30PM

Tuesday, May 16

Saturday, May 20

  • SERC Open House
    Bay Optimism
    Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 10:00am - 3:00pm

    Celebrate Bay Optimism at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center's annual Open House! Admission and most activities are free. See event details for information on free school parking, on-site parking passes and boat tickets.

    Pre-registration Required
    No
    10:00AM - 3:00PM

Friday, Jun 16

  • Chesapeake Bay Parasite Project
    Citizen Science
    Friday, June 16, 2017 - 9:00am - 4:30pm
    Event Location
    Jefferson Patterson Park (in St. Leonard, MD)

    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
    Yes
    9:00AM - 4:30PM

Saturday, Jun 17

  • Chesapeake Bay Parasite Project
    Citizen Science
    Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 9:00am - 4:30pm
    Event Location
    SERC

    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
    Yes
    9:00AM - 4:30PM
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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.