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Citizen Science
Work with our scientists in the field or the lab, and join us in making discoveries.

Evening Lecture Series
Join us every third Tuesday and learn about a major environmental issue from one of our scientists. Lectures are free; a curious mind is all you need to bring!

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70 percent of the world's people live in the coastal zone. Come explore these lush but endangered ecosystems with our scientists, and learn how you can help save them.

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News and Research

"The Dream Has Been Fulfilled"

Image: Kyle Cavanaugh explores a field of white mangroves. (Credit: SERC)

The complete Mathias Lab officially opened Sept 19. Designed to be the Smithsonian's first LEED-Platinum building, it brings SERC and the Smithsonian into a new era of sustainability.



Jellyfish Wars in the Chesapeake


Every year jellyfish and comb jellies vie for territory in Chesapeake Bay. Denise Breitburg and Rebecca Burrell reveal what the annual fray could mean for picking spots to restore oysters.

(Image: Lori Davias)



How Citizen Science Is Saving
the Anacostia


The Anacostia River has suffered pollution from sewage and industry for decades. Now high school citizen science programs are empowering students to help put it back on track.



Education and Events

Full Calendar of Events

Click HERE to go to our public calendar.

--Tuesday, November 18, 7:00PM– 8:00PM
Evening Lecture
"Tracking Carbon in Coastal Wetlands: Sources and Sinks from the Muck and the Mire"

--Thursday, November 20, 10:00AM– 11:00AM
Parent-Child
"Puddle Stompers (Pre-K): Trees are a Lot Like Us! 10 am-11 am"

--Thursday, December 18, 10:00AM– 11:00AM
Parent-Child
"Puddle Stompers (Pre-K): What do animals do in winter? 10 am-11 am"

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