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Free; Advance registration required

Smithson Society Tour

Guided tours are returning to the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) this summer! Experience an insider's view of SERC, on a free outdoor walking tour led by one of our volunteer docents. You'll walk along the waterfront, cross marsh boardwalks and hike through the forest, while learning about SERC’s cutting-edge research projects on climate change and other issues where the land meets the sea.

Tours last approximately 90 minutes, and involve about 1/2 mile of walking, starting at the Reed Education Center (directions). These tours are adult-oriented and will include walks on forest paths and marsh walkways. Proper footwear is required (no flip-flops).

Tours are limited to 10 people and require advance signup. Our  summer tours will run twice a week, at 10am on Saturdays and Wednesdays. If you have questions or comments, or if the tour you wish to attend is at capacity and you would like to be added to a waitlist, please send us a message at SERCPublictours@si.edu. 

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July tours are now open!

Wednesday, July 7, 10am 
Saturday, July 10, 10am 
Wednesday, July 14, 10am

Saturday, July 17, 10am - at capacity
Wednesday, July 21, 10am - at capacity
Wednesday, July 28, 10am - at capacity
Saturday, July 31, 10am - at capacity

Know before you go!

  • To protect our visitors and staff from COVID-19, masks are required to use the indoor restrooms in the Reed Education Center. Read more about our safety precautions in our COVID-19 Visitor Guide.
  • SERC loves animals, but because we're an active research facility, we sadly can't accommodate pets on tours! Please leave all pets at home except service animals.