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SERC Public Tour

SERC Public Tour

Experience an insider's view of SERC!

Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Event Location
Reed Education Center

Welcome to the world of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, doing science in your backyard!

Event Details

***This tour is currently at capacity. If you would like to be placed on a waitlist, please email SERCpublictours@si.edu. Thank you for your interest in SERC!***

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

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. 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 1:00pm 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 any questions, please send them to SERCpublictours@si.edu.

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21 Natural Solutions to Climate Change

21 Natural Solutions to Climate Change

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Event Location
Schmidt Conference Center

Speakers: Susan Cook-Patton (The Nature Conservancy) and Ariana Sutton-Grier (University of Maryland)

Event Details

Close-up photos of a blond woman in a white shirt and blue scarf and a brunette woman in a red turtleneck
Left: Susan Cook-Patton (Credit: Peter Ellis). Right: Ariana Sutton-Grier (Credit: University of Maryland)

Summary: Some of the most powerful solutions to climate change are right at our fingertips. Changing how we manage our land—through methods like sustainable farming, reforestation and restoring wetlands—could save up to a fifth of U.S. carbon emissions each year. That’s more powerful than taking every car in the U.S. off the road. On June 18, join Susan Cook-Patton and Ariana Sutton-Grier, two scientists who helped highlight 21 “natural climate solutions” in a recent study from The Nature Conservancy, the Smithsonian and other organizations around the world. Discover how nature can help us conquer climate change, and how these solutions can be win-wins for the environment, business and human health. 

SERC's monthly evening lectures run every third Tuesday of the month, from March through October. Lectures are free and open to all: No RSVP required!

Read more about 21 natural climate solutions

Read the full study in Science Advances

See more lectures scheduled for 2019

7:00PM - 8:00PM
 
SERC Public Tour

SERC Public Tour

Experience an insider's view of SERC!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Event Location
Reed Education Center

Welcome to the world of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, doing science in your backyard.

Advance Registration Required
Yes

Event Details

***This tour is at capacity. If you wish to be added to a waitlist, please contact SERCPublictours@si.edu.***

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

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. 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 1:00pm 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 any questions, please send them to 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, May 18, 2019 - 9:30am - 1:00pm

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.

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SERC Science Saturday
SERC

SERC Science Saturday

Learn about marine biodiversity with marine biologists.

Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 10:00am - 1:00pm

Join us for explorations of SERC research with our Science Saturdays.Bring the family for a day of hands-on activities alongside Smithsonian scientists! 

Event Details

Cost: FREE and open to all
Location: SERC campus. We’ll show you where to park when you get here. Directions can be found on our website.
Bring: No food will be available for purchase, but you are welcome to bring your own lunch or snacks.

We hope to see you all there!

If you have any questions please contact Karen McDonald at mcdonaldk@si.eduor (443) 482-2216. 
 

10:00AM - 1:00PM
 
Family Canoe Trips
family canoe trips

Family Canoe Trips

Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 9:00am - 11:30am Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:30am - 1:00pm

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.

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SERC Public Tour

SERC Public Tour

Experience an insider's view of SERC!

Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Event Location
The Reed Education Center

Welcome to the world of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, doing science in your backyard!

Event Details

***This tour is currently at capacity. If you would like to be placed on a waitlist, please email SERCpublictours@si.edu. Thank you for your interest in SERC!***

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

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. 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 1:00pm 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 any questions, please send them to SERCpublictours@si.edu.

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