Get an insider's view of the SERC campus at one of our free public tours! Trek through marshes and forests where SERC scientists do research. Advance sign up required. Tours start June 1.
A new team is changing how we calculate the world's carbon budget on the coasts, and upending some long-held assumptions. Meet the Coastal Carbon Research Coordination Network.
Do hands-on activities with Smithsonian ecologists at Science Saturdays! Each of our five Saturdays explores a different side of nature. Click the slide to see dates and details.
"The environment or the economy is a false choice. We can have both, if we have the creativity—and the courage—to change how we value the Earth."
Bring the family for a paddle on the Rhode River! Look for wildlife, talk about research and enjoy time outside on the Bay with one of our trained guides. No experience necessary.
Expand your horizons this year! Dive into the latest discoveries about the oceans, atmosphere, and life underwater with our Tuesday evening lectures. Click to see the full schedule.
Get the truth on the science and history of climate change, in this 6-part lecture series hosted by SERC plant ecologist Bert Drake. Watch all six episodes online!
Discover Smithsonian science in your backyard!Visiting Hours:
Monday-Saturday, 8:30am-4:30pm. Closed Sundays and federal holidays.
Welcome to the world of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, doing science in your backyard!
Speakers: Susan Cook-Patton (The Nature Conservancy) and Ariana Sutton-Grier (University of Maryland)
Photo: Dan Minchin/Marine Organism Investigations
Photo: Gary Peresta/SERC
Welcome to the world of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, doing science in your backyard.
Bring the family for a paddle on the Rhode River at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.
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.