On-site School Programs


SERC has served Anne Arundel County, DC, Baltimore and schools around the region for over 30 years. In an effort to improve our programs, we are changing the format of our field trips, while keeping many of the same components that make our field trips so timeless. The goal of reformatting our field trips is to increase our onsite capacity and to offer a greater value to educators. The cost is lower, which will allow us to serve a greater number of students, and the activities are more hands-on while being led by SERC Education staff and volunteers.

What’s New? 

In spring 2022 we implemented a new style of field trip, “Timed Entry Activities Field Trips.” This model is more like what you might see in museums or aquariums, with activities running at set times from 10 am-2 pm each day. The stations are still run by staff and volunteers.

Grades Served

All of our stations are designed to be adapted to serve grades K-12th. Our experienced educators can adapt materials, and information, but the hands-on components are similar. For 1st-2nd grade students there are additional stations that are substituted for the Microscope Station, and all activities are on land (no floating dock).

How many people can SERC accommodate on field trips during COVID restrictions? 

We are only allowed 60 program participants at a time.


To book a field trip, you will need to fill out this form and send it to Karen McDonald ( to purchase a pass with a fixed price based on vehicle type/capacity. Entire payment required at time of booking for passes, and includes free chaperone passes. If you have trouble clicking on the link, then please email Karen McDonald ( You must book at least two weeks before your trip.

  • Bus type A+B= 10-29 passengers ($250/per bus)
  • Bus type C= 30- 50 students ($450/per bus)
  • Bus type D= 51-60 passengers ($500/per bus) 
  • Bus type CTL (multifunctional smaller bus)= 11-25 ($250/per bus)
  • Combination of Buses= up 66-80 ($750 total per combination of vehicles)
  • Vans 10-15 passengers= $150 per van

If participants are coming in cars or individual vehicles, then the cost is the same as above, based on the number of participants (10-15=$150, 11-29=$250). 

**You must have a bus or vehicle pass to participate in activities. Groups may drop in if there is room, but you must call 410.570.9893 to check first and space is not guaranteed. 



You will need 1 chaperone per each group of 5 students. Students can not be accompanied to stations without an adult from your organization. The ratio of chaperones is 1:5 for K-2nd grade and 1:10 for 3rd-12th grade.




All activities are 10 am-2 pm, weekdays, April-November. There is an optional introduction by SERC staff from 9:40 am-9:50 am.

Timed activities and free-flow stations are in the following times slots. 

Start Time

End Time


9:40 am
9:50 am
Optional Staff Introduction
10:00 am
10:45 am
Rotation 1
10:55 am
11:40 am
Rotation 2
11:40 am
12:10 pm
12:15 pm
1:00 pm
Rotation 3
1:10 pm
1:55 pm
Rotation 4
Load Bus

In case of weather: 

  • Thunder &  lightening= cancelation
  • Light Rain= still run
  • If wind is over “small craft advisory” or unsafe on the docks, then we will move activities accordingly.   
  • All cancellation at discretion of SERC, we will rebook if needed
  • If weather is inclement, we reserve the right to change station locations or to change station topics.



**NOTE: Not all of these activities will run every day. There will always be at least four of these activities per day. Seining and Oysters will be scheduled everyday weather permitting

Programs will run from April until November.

Limited to no more than 12 individuals at a time. If there are multiple groups onsite, then signup may be required.

On floating docks. Visitors meet in groups at the gate. Life jackets will be behind the gate, and visitors must wait to put them on. Volunteers pick up groups and take to tables during open time blocks (each group gets no more than 20 minutes), up to 4 groups in time block. Rotations run every 45 minutes or until groups finish.

Set up for 12 scopes at a time, short introduction on use and then allow students to explore. Free flow, after one group finishes another may start.

12 student per talk at tanks or Dinky. We will announce tank talks on our website or the day of your arrival if we add them to the roster.

Students learn about DNA and River Herring project and extract DNA from apple sauce. Rotations run every 45 minutes.

A volunteer will meet your group at the picnic pavilion by Reed and take them to the Marsh Overlook that sits along the Rhode River. Accommodates up to 12 students at a time. Rotations run every 45 minutes.

Some programs may be seasonally available, and we will make your group aware of them when you arrive, these include

  • Terrapin Tank Talks (12 people)
  • River Otters (12 people)
  • Blue Crabs (12 people)
  • LUNCH: You may eat lunch any time you like. We have a picnic pavilion and tables behind the Reed Center. SERC has the right to reserve either of these areas depending on need or weather. 
  • FOOD: Please note that there is no food or beverages available onsite. 
  • SUGGESTED LIST OF THINGS TO BRING: Once you register, we will send you a confirmation and a list of suggested things to bring to make your stay more enjoyable. 

STUDENT MEDICATIONS AND FIRST AID- You are responsible for carrying and managing student medications, and for handling first aid needs. PLEASE MAKE SURE MEDICATIONS ARE WITH THE STUDENTS IN THEIR DIVIDED GROUPS.