Education Home


Field and Classroom Programs

Student Opportunities

Teacher Support

Contact Us




Grades: 9-12
Group Capacity: 40
Time: At least 2 hours
Cost: $15 per student

Overview | Themes | Research Cruises

> Overview

SERC's High School Environmental Science Programs connect classroom studies with real world science applications through hands-on field investigations and SERC resources. The program affords students and teachers flexibility to engage with environmental science and field research on a level fitting to their course needs, ranging from day trips to semester long collaborative projects, intro level to advanced placement.

For more information or to schedule a program, please contact Program Coordinator Julia Elkin at or call 443.482.3611.

 Return to Top

 > Themes

The scope of the High School Environmental Science Program is broad and flexible. Here are examples of topic areas and activities that can be investigated at SERC: 
Science Topic(s) Field Activities
Marine Ecology & Population Dynamics
  • Seine fish sampling
  • Macroinvertebrate sampling
  • Fish/oyster dissection
Wetland Ecology
  • Canoe paddle on Muddy Creek
  • Marsh hike
Forest Ecology
  • Forest transect
  • DBH measurement and CO2 sequestration calculation
Water Chemistry & Eutrophication
  • Water quality testing
  • YSI probe vertical profiling
Climate Change & Wetland Hydrology
  • Visit active SERC research site
  • Soil profiling and chemistry
Environmental Technology
  • Build and test underwater robots (ROVs)
  • GPS


  Return to Top  

> Research Cruises

Group Capacity: 10 students
Time: 1-2 hours
Cost: flat rate of $100/hour

Students participating in a SERC research cruise use state-of-the-art research methods and equipment aboard SERC's 41 ft research vessel to conduct sampling trips on the Rhode River and Chesapeake Bay. Recommended for students conducting advanced investigations.

 Return to Top