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SERC Family Canoe Days

Bring the family for a paddle on the Rhode River at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. We’ll look for wildlife, talk about research, and enjoy time outside on the Bay. Bring a picnic lunch and eat before or after the paddle at our picnic area. Instructors will provide basic paddling instruction, life jackets, and canoes. We'll look for eagles, otters, muskrats, herons, and more. Children must be 6 years or older, and anyone 16 or younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Paddling the Rhode River

There are two trips each day: 
9 am-11:30 am & 1 pm -3:30 pm

May 18 
June 22 
August 24
October 19

November 2

Cost is $20 for ages 13-Adult and $18 for ages 12 and younger.

Registration Drop In, and first come, first served. 

Cash or check only.

To go on a SERC field trip you must:

  • Have at least one adult per two children
  • Bring a water bottle
  • Wear closed toed and backed shoes (no crocs or flip flops)
  • Bring sunscreen and insect repellent

**SERC guides reserve the right to move paddlers into different canoes for the safety of the group if needed.


QUESTIONS? Call (443) 482.2216.  SERC also offers group trips. If you’re interested in a canoe trip for your group or organization then please call the number listed as well.