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The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) is the world's leading research center for environmental studies of the coastal zone. Our accomplishments range from running some of the longest continuous ecological studies in the world, to creating new technology that expands the horizons of science.
A diverse staff of 18 senior scientists and an interdisciplinary team of more than 180 researchers, technicians, and students conduct long-term descriptive and experimental research addressing such issues as global change, the effects of nutrients and chemicals passing through our landscapes, maintenance of productive fisheries, changes to our environment from biological invaders, and protection of fragile wetlands and woodlands.
SERC has 3,000+ acres of wildlife conservation area along 14 miles of pristine shoreline. There are two trails open to everyone, each approximately 1.5 miles long. We also offer Saturday programs for the public ranging from walks and talks to canoe tours of Muddy Creek and the Rhode River.
|Location / Directions:||
The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center is located about 30 miles East of Washington, D.C., on the Rhode River, a sub-estuary of the Chesapeake Bay.
From Washington, DC:
From Baltimore, Maryland:
From Southern Maryland:
From Central Avenue in Edgewater, Maryland:
For the Administration Building:
For the Schmidt Center:
For the Philip D. Reed Education Center and dock area:
If you are visiting SERC from afar, Baltimore Washington Internatinal Airport is the closest airport at about 35 miles from SERC. National Airport is also not far from SERC at about 35 miles.
|Address:||Smithsonian Environmental Research Center |
647 Contees Wharf Road
Edgewater, MD 21037
|Visitor Phone:||(443) 482-2200|
|Business Phone:||(443) 482-2400|
Hiking: Two trails, each approx. 1.5 miles long: Java History Trail - describing the history and land use on the SERC property from the early days of the Piscataway Native Americans through plantation farming to the research conducted here today. Discovery Trail - winds along Muddy Creek and mature hardwood forests.
Canoeing and Kayaking: Kayak and canoe launching at our boat ramp (no motorized boats)
|Operating Hours:||9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday|
|Accessibility:||Restrooms and visitor's center are handicapped accessible. Trails are not handicapped accessible - they are not paved|