On-site School Programs

SERC is currently offering virtual fieldtrips, and we're hoping to offer onsite programs for groups in spring. We are working on bringing you some new content and a brand new format. If you're interested in booking a field trip please email Karen McDonald ( Thanks!



Middle school students learning about seining and nearshore communities

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We offer hands-on education programs that focus on the practices of science, aligning with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Science Literacy Standards (SLS), Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs), and supporting Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs). Students actively participate in activities by asking questions, collecting and analyzing data, and constructing explanations about what they find. 

Topics include: 

  • SERC Research
  • Watersheds and Shoreline Connections
  • Food Webs of the Bay
  • General SERC Research Introduction tours/talks
  • Bay Sharks
  • Blue Crab Hydraulics
  • Canoe Expeditions with learning stops and lunch on the water
  • Exploring Nature and Animal Adaptations

We accommodate K to 12 ages and grades. Trips are usually 2-4.5 hours and we can hold up to 60 students a day.  We also offer teacher professional development opportunities as one day trip or up three days of trainings. 

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Programs are offered year round, please inquire about our outdoor and indoor options. 

We can help tailor a field trip to meet the needs of your school group, just reach out. If you have any questions, please contact Karen McDonald at