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SERC Public Tour - October 5th
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SERC Public Tour - October 5th

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!

Advance Registration Required
Yes

Event Details

Experience an insider's view of SERC on one of our free public tours. Learn about SERC’s long-term environmental research on marshes, trees, water quality, and the impacts of carbon dioxide on our land, water, and air. During your tour, you'll walk across the marsh boardwalk and visit the beaver pond and weir, where scientists monitor stream pollution. You'll also go inside the Mathias Lab, the Smithsonian's first building to earn LEED-Platinum, the highest sustainability ranking given by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Tours are adult-oriented and will include walks on forest paths and marsh walkways. Tours may not be suitable for children under 12. Proper footwear is required (no flip-flops). Regrettably, our vans are not suitable for individuals with mobility issues.

SERC loves animals, but because we're an active research facility, we can't accommodate pets on tours. Please leave all pets at home except service animals.

All tours are approximately two hours long and start at the Reed Education Center (directions). Tours are limited to 10 people and require advance signup. Larger groups, please contact Sarah Wade at WadeS@si.edu to arrange a group tour. If you have questions or comments, or if the tour you wish to attend is at capacity and you would like to be added to a waitlist, send us a message at SERCPublictours@si.edu

Register

Registration Form
The number of spaces you wish to reserve. 1 spaces remaining.
The email to associate with this registration.
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The Ocean: Our Future

The Ocean: Our Future

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

Advance Registration Required
No

Event Details

Jane Lubchenco in front of a white and blue iceberg
Credit: NOAA

Our grand finale lecture features marine biologist Jane Lubchenco, the first female administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In this talk, Dr.  Lubchenco will draw on her experience as a scientist, policymaker and science diplomat to take stock of the challenges in achieving a healthy ocean, while highlighting the encouraging actions underway to address these problems. Focusing on science-based solutions embraced by communities, businesses and governments, she will connect the dots between the health of ocean and coastal environments, and our own health and prosperity. The talk will begin at 7pm in the Francis Scott Key auditorium, with a light reception in the lobby starting at 6.

Free and open to all! See more 2019 lectures.

Location Address:
Francis Scott Key Auditorium
St. John's College
60 College Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21401

Parking near St. John's College is available at the Calvert Street Garage (19 St. Johns Street, Annapolis, MD 21401). Garage parking free after 6pm.

Logo: Because of Her Story, Smithsonian

This project received support from the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative. 

6:00PM - 8:30PM
 
SERC Public Tour - October 16th
autumn trail

SERC Public Tour - October 16th

Wednesday, October 16, 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!

Advance Registration Required
Yes

Event Details

***This tour is currently at capacity. If you would like to be added to a waitlist, please reach out to SERCPublictours@si.edu. Thank you for your interest in SERC!***

Experience an insider's view of SERC on one of our free public tours. Learn about SERC’s long-term environmental research on marshes, trees, water quality, and the impacts of carbon dioxide on our land, water, and air. During your tour, you'll walk across the marsh boardwalk and visit the beaver pond and weir, where scientists monitor stream pollution. You'll also go inside the Mathias Lab, the Smithsonian's first building to earn LEED-Platinum, the highest sustainability ranking given by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Tours are adult-oriented and will include walks on forest paths and marsh walkways. Tours may not be suitable for children under 12. Proper footwear is required (no flip-flops). Regrettably, our vans are not suitable for individuals with mobility issues.

SERC loves animals, but because we're an active research facility, we can't accommodate pets on tours. Please leave all pets at home except service animals.

All tours are approximately two hours long and start at the Reed Education Center (directions). Tours are limited to 10 people and require advance signup. Larger groups, please contact Sarah Wade at WadeS@si.edu to arrange a group tour. If you have questions or comments, or if the tour you wish to attend is at capacity and you would like to be added to a waitlist, send us a message at SERCPublictours@si.edu

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Family Canoe Trips
family canoe trips

Family Canoe Trips

Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 9:00am - 11:30am Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 1:00pm - 3:30pm

Bring the family for a paddle on the Rhode River at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

Advance Registration Required
No

Event Details

Bring the family for a paddle on the Rhode River at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. We’ll look for wildlife, talk about research, and enjoy time outside on the Bay. Bring a picnic lunch and eat before or after the paddle at our picnic area. Instructors will provide basic paddling instruction, life jackets, and canoes. We'll look for eagles, otters, muskrats, herons, and more. Children must be 6 years or older, and anyone 16 or younger must be accompanied by an adult.

There are two trips each day: 
9 am-11:30 am & 1 pm -3:30 pm

May 18th 
June 22nd 
July 20th - CANCELED DUE TO HEAT ADVISORY
August 24th
October 19th

November 2nd

Cost is $20 for ages 13-Adult and $18 for ages 12 and younger.

Registration Drop In, and first come, first served. 

Cash or check only.

QUESTIONS? Call (443) 482.2216.  SERC also offers group trips. If you’re interested in a canoe trip for your group or organization then please call the number listed as well.

9:00AM - 11:30AM
 
Family Canoe Trips
family canoe trips

Family Canoe Trips

Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 9:00am - 11:30am Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 1:00pm - 3:30pm

Bring the family for a paddle on the Rhode River at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

Advance Registration Required
No

Event Details

Bring the family for a paddle on the Rhode River at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. We’ll look for wildlife, talk about research, and enjoy time outside on the Bay. Bring a picnic lunch and eat before or after the paddle at our picnic area. Instructors will provide basic paddling instruction, life jackets, and canoes. We'll look for eagles, otters, muskrats, herons, and more. Children must be 6 years or older, and anyone 16 or younger must be accompanied by an adult.

There are two trips each day: 
9 am-11:30 am & 1 pm -3:30 pm

May 18th 
June 22nd 
July 20th - CANCELED DUE TO HEAT ADVISORY
August 24th
October 19th

November 2nd

Cost is $20 for ages 13-Adult and $18 for ages 12 and younger.

Registration Drop In, and first come, first served. 

Cash or check only.

QUESTIONS? Call (443) 482.2216.  SERC also offers group trips. If you’re interested in a canoe trip for your group or organization then please call the number listed as well.

1:00PM - 3:30PM
 
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SERC Public Tour - October 26th
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SERC Public Tour - October 26th

Saturday, October 26, 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!

Advance Registration Required
Yes

Event Details

Experience an insider's view of SERC on one of our free public tours. Learn about SERC’s long-term environmental research on marshes, trees, water quality, and the impacts of carbon dioxide on our land, water, and air. During your tour, you'll walk across the marsh boardwalk and visit the beaver pond and weir, where scientists monitor stream pollution. You'll also go inside the Mathias Lab, the Smithsonian's first building to earn LEED-Platinum, the highest sustainability ranking given by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Tours are adult-oriented and will include walks on forest paths and marsh walkways. Tours may not be suitable for children under 12. Proper footwear is required (no flip-flops). Regrettably, our vans are not suitable for individuals with mobility issues.

SERC loves animals, but because we're an active research facility, we can't accommodate pets on tours. Please leave all pets at home except service animals.

All tours are approximately two hours long and start at the Reed Education Center (directions). Tours are limited to 10 people and require advance signup. Larger groups, please contact Sarah Wade at WadeS@si.edu to arrange a group tour. If you have questions or comments, or if the tour you wish to attend is at capacity and you would like to be added to a waitlist, send us a message at SERCPublictours@si.edu

Register

Registration Form
The number of spaces you wish to reserve. 1 spaces remaining.
The email to associate with this registration.
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Oct 15, 2019

  • The Ocean: Our Future

    The Ocean: Our Future

    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

    Advance Registration Required
    No

    Event Details

    Jane Lubchenco in front of a white and blue iceberg
    Credit: NOAA

    Our grand finale lecture features marine biologist Jane Lubchenco, the first female administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In this talk, Dr.  Lubchenco will draw on her experience as a scientist, policymaker and science diplomat to take stock of the challenges in achieving a healthy ocean, while highlighting the encouraging actions underway to address these problems. Focusing on science-based solutions embraced by communities, businesses and governments, she will connect the dots between the health of ocean and coastal environments, and our own health and prosperity. The talk will begin at 7pm in the Francis Scott Key auditorium, with a light reception in the lobby starting at 6.

    Free and open to all! See more 2019 lectures.

    Location Address:
    Francis Scott Key Auditorium
    St. John's College
    60 College Avenue
    Annapolis, MD 21401

    Parking near St. John's College is available at the Calvert Street Garage (19 St. Johns Street, Annapolis, MD 21401). Garage parking free after 6pm.

    Logo: Because of Her Story, Smithsonian

    This project received support from the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative. 

    6:00PM - 8:30PM

Oct 16, 2019

  • SERC Public Tour - October 16th
    autumn trail

    SERC Public Tour - October 16th

    Wednesday, October 16, 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!

    Advance Registration Required
    Yes

    Event Details

    ***This tour is currently at capacity. If you would like to be added to a waitlist, please reach out to SERCPublictours@si.edu. Thank you for your interest in SERC!***

    Experience an insider's view of SERC on one of our free public tours. Learn about SERC’s long-term environmental research on marshes, trees, water quality, and the impacts of carbon dioxide on our land, water, and air. During your tour, you'll walk across the marsh boardwalk and visit the beaver pond and weir, where scientists monitor stream pollution. You'll also go inside the Mathias Lab, the Smithsonian's first building to earn LEED-Platinum, the highest sustainability ranking given by the U.S. Green Building Council.

    Tours are adult-oriented and will include walks on forest paths and marsh walkways. Tours may not be suitable for children under 12. Proper footwear is required (no flip-flops). Regrettably, our vans are not suitable for individuals with mobility issues.

    SERC loves animals, but because we're an active research facility, we can't accommodate pets on tours. Please leave all pets at home except service animals.

    All tours are approximately two hours long and start at the Reed Education Center (directions). Tours are limited to 10 people and require advance signup. Larger groups, please contact Sarah Wade at WadeS@si.edu to arrange a group tour. If you have questions or comments, or if the tour you wish to attend is at capacity and you would like to be added to a waitlist, send us a message at SERCPublictours@si.edu

    1:00PM

Aug 24, 2019, Aug 24, 2019, May 18, 2019, Jun 22, 2019, Jun 22, 2019, Oct 19, 2019, Oct 19, 2019, Nov 2, 2019, Nov 2, 2019

  • Family Canoe Trips
    family canoe trips

    Family Canoe Trips

    Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 9:00am - 11:30am Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 1:00pm - 3:30pm

    Bring the family for a paddle on the Rhode River at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

    Advance Registration Required
    No

    Event Details

    Bring the family for a paddle on the Rhode River at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. We’ll look for wildlife, talk about research, and enjoy time outside on the Bay. Bring a picnic lunch and eat before or after the paddle at our picnic area. Instructors will provide basic paddling instruction, life jackets, and canoes. We'll look for eagles, otters, muskrats, herons, and more. Children must be 6 years or older, and anyone 16 or younger must be accompanied by an adult.

    There are two trips each day: 
    9 am-11:30 am & 1 pm -3:30 pm

    May 18th 
    June 22nd 
    July 20th - CANCELED DUE TO HEAT ADVISORY
    August 24th
    October 19th

    November 2nd

    Cost is $20 for ages 13-Adult and $18 for ages 12 and younger.

    Registration Drop In, and first come, first served. 

    Cash or check only.

    QUESTIONS? Call (443) 482.2216.  SERC also offers group trips. If you’re interested in a canoe trip for your group or organization then please call the number listed as well.

    9:00AM - 11:30AM
  • Family Canoe Trips
    family canoe trips

    Family Canoe Trips

    Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 9:00am - 11:30am Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 1:00pm - 3:30pm

    Bring the family for a paddle on the Rhode River at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

    Advance Registration Required
    No

    Event Details

    Bring the family for a paddle on the Rhode River at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. We’ll look for wildlife, talk about research, and enjoy time outside on the Bay. Bring a picnic lunch and eat before or after the paddle at our picnic area. Instructors will provide basic paddling instruction, life jackets, and canoes. We'll look for eagles, otters, muskrats, herons, and more. Children must be 6 years or older, and anyone 16 or younger must be accompanied by an adult.

    There are two trips each day: 
    9 am-11:30 am & 1 pm -3:30 pm

    May 18th 
    June 22nd 
    July 20th - CANCELED DUE TO HEAT ADVISORY
    August 24th
    October 19th

    November 2nd

    Cost is $20 for ages 13-Adult and $18 for ages 12 and younger.

    Registration Drop In, and first come, first served. 

    Cash or check only.

    QUESTIONS? Call (443) 482.2216.  SERC also offers group trips. If you’re interested in a canoe trip for your group or organization then please call the number listed as well.

    1:00PM - 3:30PM

Oct 26, 2019

  • SERC Public Tour - October 26th
    autumn trail

    SERC Public Tour - October 26th

    Saturday, October 26, 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!

    Advance Registration Required
    Yes

    Event Details

    Experience an insider's view of SERC on one of our free public tours. Learn about SERC’s long-term environmental research on marshes, trees, water quality, and the impacts of carbon dioxide on our land, water, and air. During your tour, you'll walk across the marsh boardwalk and visit the beaver pond and weir, where scientists monitor stream pollution. You'll also go inside the Mathias Lab, the Smithsonian's first building to earn LEED-Platinum, the highest sustainability ranking given by the U.S. Green Building Council.

    Tours are adult-oriented and will include walks on forest paths and marsh walkways. Tours may not be suitable for children under 12. Proper footwear is required (no flip-flops). Regrettably, our vans are not suitable for individuals with mobility issues.

    SERC loves animals, but because we're an active research facility, we can't accommodate pets on tours. Please leave all pets at home except service animals.

    All tours are approximately two hours long and start at the Reed Education Center (directions). Tours are limited to 10 people and require advance signup. Larger groups, please contact Sarah Wade at WadeS@si.edu to arrange a group tour. If you have questions or comments, or if the tour you wish to attend is at capacity and you would like to be added to a waitlist, send us a message at SERCPublictours@si.edu

    Register

    Registration Form
    The number of spaces you wish to reserve. 1 spaces remaining.
    The email to associate with this registration.
    10:00AM