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COAL CRAZY AND PANAMAX READY: HOW SHIPPING BROUGHT NEW INVADERS TO CHESAPEAKE BAY
Evening Lecture
Location: Schmidt Conference Center
Start: 7:00PM
End: 8:00PM
Speaker: Jenny Carney
The Chesapeake Bay is one of the largest bays in the United States. It is also home to two of the country’s busiest ports: Norfolk, Va., and Baltimore, Md., plus 179 recorded aquatic nonnative species. This talk will explore how shipping, in particular ballast water, played a role in moving these organisms to the Chesapeake, and how the widening of the Panama Canal could open more doors to invasion.
Contact Info: Kristen Minogue (minoguek@si.edu; 443-482-2325)
Cost: Free
Pre-Registration: No
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SERC OPEN HOUSE
Special Event
Location: Park at Administration Gravel Lot
Start: 10:00AM
End: 3:00PM
Learn about the natural world while exploring the water, docks and forests at SERC's annual Open House. Your family can enjoy hayrides and boat rides, visit an oyster bar and try seining for fish in the Rhode River. You’ll also be able to chat with Smithsonian ecologists about some of their most fascinating discoveries on the Bay. Details here: http://s.si.edu/1rRJnDS
Contact Info: Kristen Minogue (minoguek@si.edu; 443-482-2325)
Age: All ages
Cost: Free parking online, $10/car for drop-in
Pre-Registration: Preferred but walk-ins accepted if space is available
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CANOE EXCURSION
Special Event
Location: Reed Education Center
Start: 9:00AM
End: 11:30AM
Paddle along the shores of Muddy Creek and the Rhode River to learn about one of the many tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. We’ll look for wildlife, eagles, shorebirds, reptiles, and more. This trip is designed for beginning and intermediate paddlers. Basic instruction will be given at the start of the program.
Contact Info: To register e-mail Nicole Campbell at Campbelln@si.edu or call (443) 482.2300.
Age: 6+
Cost: $18/Adults (14 yr.+), $9/Children (6-13 yr.)
Pre-Registration: Preferred but walk-ins accepted if space is available
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TRI 4 THE CHESAPEAKE: TRIATHLON & DUATHLON
Special Event
Location: Meet at Schmidt Center
Start: 7:30AM
End: 11:30AM
See what your body is capable of at the Tri 4 the Chesapeake Triathlon & Duathlon at SERC. Participants will embark on a 0.5-mile swim, 10-mile bike ride and 3.1-mile trail run through the SERC campus. Duathlon participants will do a 5-km run, 10-mile bike and 5-km run. Proceeds benefit the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and the Chesapeake Bay Trust. More info: http://www.active.com/edgewater-md/duathlon/races/tri-4-the-chesapeake-and-duathlon-2014
Pre-Registration: Yes
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PUDDLE STOMPERS (PRE-K): WHAT IS FISH? 10 AM-11 AM
Parent-Child
Location: Reed Education Center
Start: 10:00AM
End: 11:00AM
These programs are for children ages 3-5 yrs. All classes are $10 a student and siblings are $5 a student (sibling ages 1-2 yrs. or 6+ yrs.). In this class we will play a fishing game, make a fish print, and learn about the main characteristics of fish and some of the ways fish are different from mammals.
Contact Info: SERC 443-482-2300 To register contact Wendy VanNorden at vannordenw@si.edu or 443-482-2216.
Age: 3-5 yr.s
Cost: $10 (3-5 yr.), Siblings $5 (1-2 yr. or 6+ yrs)
Pre-Registration: Preferred but walk-ins accepted if space is available