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Directions

Notice: The SERC campus will be closed to the public the following Saturdays: Nov. 25, Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Dec. 16 and Jan. 9.

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center is located about 30 miles east of Washington, D.C., on the Rhode River, a subestuary of the Chesapeake Bay.

From Washington, D.C.:

Take U.S. Route 50 east toward Annapolis
Exit south at Md. Route 424 (Davidsonville Road)
Turn left (east) at traffic light onto Md. 214 (Central Ave.)
Follow directions from Central Avenue in Edgewater below

From Baltimore:

Take I-97 South
Take Exit 22 onto MD-665 East (follow signs for Route 50 East/US 301-North)
Use right lane to get onto Md. Route 2 (Solomon's Island Road) toward MD-450/Parole
Go approximately 5 miles and turn left at a traffic light onto MD-214 Central Avenue
Follow directions from Central Avenue in Edgewater below.

From the Eastern Shore:

Take Route 50 West over the Bay Bridge
Take Exit 23A onto Md. Route 2 (Solomon's Island Road) toward MD-450/Parole
Go approximately 5 miles and turn left at a traffic light onto MD-214 Central Avenue
Follow directions from Central Avenue in Edgewater below.

From Southern Maryland:

Take Md. Route 2/4 north to Sunderland
Continue on Md. Route 4 north to Wayson's Corner
Exit onto Md. Route 408 east, which becomes Md. Route 2 north
Turn right (east) at traffic light onto Md. 214 (Central Ave.)
Follow directions from Central Avenue in Edgewater below.

From Central Avenue in Edgewater, Md.:

Follow Central Ave. (Md. 214) east to traffic light at Md. 468 (Muddy Creek Road). Turn right (south).
Proceed about 1 mile, then turn left (east) at the SERC highway sign onto Contees Wharf Road.

*Note: Contees Wharf Road is under reconstruction. Please drive slowly and observe all detours, route changes and speed limits*

You will pass a green Security kiosk.  After about 3/4 of a mile the road will fork. Stay left to go to the Reed Education Center and the SERC dock. For all other SERC buildings veer right. Find instructions to specific buildings below: 

For the Reed Education Center/SERC Docks:

After passing the green security kiosk, drive about 3/4 of a mile until the road forks. Stay left and follow the road until it ends. The Reed Education Center is the blue building near water.

For the New Dominion - Administration Building:

At the stop sign (3-way stop), continue straight. The Administration building is the gray two-story frame building on your right. (For parking, turn right at the stop sign instead of going straight and use the parking lot on your left. After crossing the lot, you will see a garden with a pond. The Administration building is the gray building behind the pond.)

For the Schmidt Conference Center or Green Village Dormitory:

Turn right at the stop sign (3-way stop). The Schmidt center is a brown brick building on the right, just past the row of parking spots. The Green Village Dorm is a two-story blue-green building on your right.

For the Mathias Laboratory:

At the stop sign (3-way stop), continue straight. The Mathias Lab is the large building at the end of the circular driveway. (For parking, turn right at the stop sign instead of going straight and use the parking lot on your left. Beside the lot you will see a garden with a pond. Cross the garden to the sidewalk with picnic tables to enter the lab.)

Airports:

If you are visiting SERC from afar, Baltimore Washington International Airport is the closest airport at about 35 miles from SERC. National Airport is also not far from SERC at about 35 miles.