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Field Research Opportunities for Students (FROS) is a new program connecting motivated high school student volunteers with Smithsonian science through active research opportunities working alongside SERC scientists.


To get involved email Program Coordiator, Julia Elkin, at

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> Bay Trekker

Join an exciting journey of environmental exploration and student leadership. Setting out from SERC, campers will follow the Potomac River from its mountain headwaters in Shenandoah National Park downstream to the islands in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay.

Students will fully immerse themselves in the river’s resources and environmental issues through camping, hiking, collecting scientific data, and sampling local culture. We’ll explore the interconnectedness of life in the watershed and meet people who study, restore, and make their livelihoods from the river and Bay.

WHO: students entering 9th-11th grade

WHEN: Sunday June 24– Friday June 29

WHERE: leaving from SERC, Edgewater, MD

COST: $600 (includes food, lodgings, activities)

For details, click here contact Julia Elkin at or 443.482.3611

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