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Planning Your Visit

For the Public

SERC's trails and dinghy dock are open to the public Monday-Saturday, 8:30-4:30pm, except for federal holidays. Check here for the new COVID-19 Visitor Guide and updated trail map.

Before arriving, please do a self-health check by answering these health screening questions.

Please Check In: For information and security reasons, all visitors are asked to check in at the Reed Education Center. As this is a working lab and trails can be uneven, please wear closed-toe shoes at all times. For safety reasons, flip flops are not allowed on campus. When hiking, please be aware of poison ivy and follow precautions for ticks. 

For Boaters: We have a floating dock where you may tie up your canoe, kayak or dinghy. Motorized boats more than 15 feet long are not permitted, so please anchor out and come ashore by dinghy if you have a larger vessel. You  may not launch any motorized craft from our docks; however, you may launch a non-motorized canoe or kayak to explore our water trails.  The launch fee is $5.00 per kayak, payable at the Reed Center.  Please note that due to limited parking and our mission to preserve the area, we can only accommodate small groups.  Please call the main number with questions and please alert us if you plan to bring multiple kayaks, due to limited parking: 443-482-2200.

Download Canoe & Kayak Trail Guide

Public Programs and Calendar
Check out our calendar for a full list of activities the public can do at SERC.

For Visiting Scientists, Fellows, and Interns

SERC hosts visiting scientists, fellows, and interns who come to the center to participate in research. Visit our research labs for collaborative research opportunities, or check out our internships and fellowships

For visitors who need to SCUBA dive for their research, please see the Smithsonian Dive Program in our Facilities page.

Seeking Housing Information?  
Check out our Housing Facilities information on our Facilities page.

Meeting or Conference Hosting
Looking to Host a Meeting or Conference at SERC?  Please see the Meeting and Conference section on our Facilities page.