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 McDonaldK@si.edu. 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.