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Join us for virtual explorations of SERC research in partnership with Anne Arundel County Public Libraries (AACPL) with our Science To Go online events. Grab a kit from your nearest AACPL and Enoch Pratt Free Library and bring the family together for hands-on activities alongside Smithsonian scientists! 

Science to Go: Marshes
Jan 22, 2022 at 11am-12pm
Online Zoom and Kits are Free (while supplies last)
Please register HERE

Learn about the importance of marshes with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)! Marshes are important habitats that help to keep the Chesapeake Bay clean and healthy. Since we can’t all go to a real marsh today, we’re going to make a model of one to help understand how they help keep Chesapeake Bay healthy! We will be conducting some hands-on activities that you can follow along at home! You'll also have a chance to talk to a scientist who studies marshes, a biological illustrator, and see some of the labs and marsh sites where they do research!

All necessary materials for this program will be provided at no cost. Pick up a kit at your nearest Anne Arundel County Public Library beginning January 8th (while supplies last).

Not able to pick up a kit from a branch? Just use the attached list of household materials and instructions to follow along at home!

¡Aprenda sobre la importancia de las marismas con el Centro de Investigación Ambiental Smithsonian (SERC)! Los pantanos son hábitats importantes que ayudan a mantener la bahía de Chesapeake limpia y saludable. Como hoy no podemos ir todos a un pantano real, vamos a hacer un modelo para ayudar a comprender cómo ayudan a mantener saludable la bahía de Chesapeake. ¡Realizaremos algunas actividades prácticas que puede seguir en casa! ¡También tendrás la oportunidad de hablar con un científico que estudia las marismas, un ilustrador biológico y ver algunos de los laboratorios y sitios de las marismas donde investigan!

Todos los materiales necesarios para este programa se proporcionarán sin costo alguno. Recoja un kit en la biblioteca pública del condado de Anne Arundel más cercana a partir del 8 de enero (hasta agotar existencias).

¿No puede recoger un kit de una sucursal? ¡Solo use la lista adjunta de materiales para el hogar y las instrucciones para seguir en casa!

Recordings of Previous Events

Science To Go: Plant Defenses

Join the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) to learn about Plant Defenses in this virtual program! Meet SERC global change ecologist Dr. Kim Komatsu, take a virtual tour of her field site to get a closer look at how they study plant defenses. Plants have physical and chemical defenses to keep insects from eating them. Learn how and why these are important for our ecosystems to remain healthy!

Find the list of household materials and protocols, so you can still follow along at home!

 

Science To Go: Fun with Fungus

Join the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) to learn about Fungi in this virtual program! Meet SERC molecular ecologist scientists Dr. Melissa McCormick and Dr. Eranga Wettewa, take a virtual tour of their lab to get a closer look at how they study fungi, blow up a balloon with yeast, and dissect a mushroom - all at home! 

Find the list of household materials and instructions to follow along at home.

 

 

Science To Go: All About DNA

Join the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) to learn about DNA in this virtual program! Meet SERC molecular ecologist Dr. Katrina Lohan, take a virtual tour of her lab to get a closer look at how she studies DNA...and conduct a real DNA extraction at home!

Find the list of household materials and instructions to follow along at home.