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SERC Family Canoe Days

Bring the family for a paddle with hands-on stops on the Rhode River at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center! We’ll look for wildlife, talk about research, enjoy time outside on the Bay, and also stop for seining and oyster basket sorting. 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 8 years or older, and anyone 16 or younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Paddling the Rhode River

2020 Dates:

  • CANCELED - May 2nd at 9am - 12:30pm
  • CANCELED - June 20th at 12pm- 3:30pm
  • July 11th at 9am- 12pm
  • August 1st at 9am- 12pm
  • September 12th (after Science Saturday) at 12pm- 3:30pm
  • October 10th at 9am- 12pm
  • November 7th at 9am- 12pm


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


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.