• Seining

    Students seining during Shoreline Connections field trip

    SERC offers students hands-on opportunities to learn about the Bay, by donning waders, using microscopes, and handling live organisms. 

  • Oyster reef

    Students learn about oyster reefs and the Bay.

    SERC offers hands-on learning about oysters and the Bay while on the water.

  • ROV program

    Broadcom students participate in SERC's ROV program

    SERC offers STEM programs for schools and organized groups of all ages and interests. This includes STEM programs like the Remotely Operated Vehicle Workshop.

  • Oyster bar

    Students sort through oyster shells to learn about the Bay.

    SERC offers outdoor and hands-on science programs for K-12, hands-on and outside.

  • teacher professional development

    Teacher Professional Development

    SERC offers a wide variety of teacher professional development and certifications for environmental educators. 

  • Fish from the Rhode River

    Fish from the Rhode River

    SERC offers hands-on programs for schools and groups, including watershed studies and food webs. 

  • hydraulics

    Broadcom students compete to build blue crab hydraulics.

    SERC offers a variety of STEM based programs, including Blue Crab Hydraulics. 

  • teacher professional development

    Teacher Professional Development

    SERC offers a wide variety of teacher professional development.

SERC's Education Program accepts volunteers in cohorts twice a year, once in late Winter/early Spring and once in Summer. If you are interested, please contact


The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) is dedicated to providing high quality educational programs that incorporate SERC research with hands-on and inquiry-based learning. Our programs are led by SERC staff and highly-trained volunteers. They emphasize environmental literacy (eLit) and the practices of science – one of the major components of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). We offer programs K-12 schools, organized groups on Saturdays and in the Summer, and teacher professional development. Programs are offered year round. Please visit the tabs on the right of the page for more program specifics. We look forward to working with you, your students, participants, and groups. 

To book a field trip, fill out a form and email it to Karen McDonald at You can also email Karen McDonald to purchase a pass with a fixed price based on vehicle type/capacity. Full payment is required at the time of booking for passes, and includes free chaperone access. You must book at least two weeks before your trip.