Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

EcologyPlus is pleased to offer a field trip to a research site, hosted by the Ecological Society of American’s SEEDS program, a partner of EcologyPlus in partnership with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC).

Location and Date

This opportunity is made possible with a grant from the National Science Foundation. Edgewater, Maryland

September 30, 2022
9:00 am – 4:00 pm


FieldTrip Highlights

The fieldtrip will feature tours to the Global Change Research Wetlands, a cool experimental marsh), the Mathias Lab which houses 92,000 ft2 of laboratory and office space, followed by a visit to the Reed Education Center and a hands-on seining activity. Throughout the day, we will meet scientists and technicians who conduct research and work with the community.

About SERC

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) provides science-based knowledge to meet the environmental challenges of the 21st century. SERC leads research on coastal ecosystems—where the land meets the sea—to inform real-world decisions for wise policies, best business practices, and a sustainable planet.

Headquartered on Chesapeake Bay, the nation’s largest estuary, SERC sits just 25 miles from the nation’s capital. Its 2,650-acre campus spans forests, wetlands, marshes and 15 miles of protected shoreline. The site serves as a natural laboratory for long-term and cutting-edge ecological research. Here scientists explore the most pressing issues affecting the environment, including:

  • water quality
  • fisheries
  • invasive species
  • conservation
  • land use
  • toxic chemicals
  • global change