Watch Live: Mathias Lab Ribbon Cutting

Join the celebration as we dedicate the new Mathias Laboratory, a 92,000-square-foot green lab designed to be the Smithsonian's first LEED-Platinum building. Live stream starts at 2pm EDT.
Media Summary

Fact Sheet

The name, the numbers and what makes it green

Image Gallery

Open House

Explore the lab and rarely seen parts of the SERC forest at our Open House this Saturday.

News and Research

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.

Nine Centuries of Missing Oysters

For more than 10,000 years, Native Americans hunted and fished in the Chesapeake. But when scientists dated thrown-out oysters on the Rhode River, they found a surprising gap.

Oysters Have Sidekick in Bay Cleanup

Oysters aren't the only shellfish that can filter water in the Chesapeake Bay. Three marine biologists discovered one smaller bivalve is able to lend a hand.
(Image: Chris Judy)

Education and Events

Full Calendar of Events

--Saturday, September 20, 10:00AM– 3:00PM
Special Event
"SERC Open House"

--Saturday, September 27, 9:00AM– 11:30AM
Special Event
"Canoe Excursion "

--Sunday, September 28, 7:30AM– 11:30AM
Special Event
"TRI 4 the Chesapeake: Triathlon & Duathlon"

--Monday, September 29, 10:00AM– 11:00AM
"Puddle Stompers (Pre-K): What Is Fish? 10 am-11 am"

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