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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 6 people and require advance signup. Our first round of summer tours will run twice a week, at 10am on Saturdays and 1pm 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 

Sign up for a Tour:

Wednesday, June 9, 1pm
Saturday, June 12, 10am
Wednesday, June 16, 1pm
Saturday, June 19, 10am
Wednesday, June 23, 1pm
Saturday, June 26, 10am
Wednesday, June 30, 1pm

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 precautious 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.