Open to the public
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,
Monday through Saturday year-round,
with the exception of national holidays.
Don't miss the SERC Open House Saturday, Sept. 20!
Join us for a day of hayrides, boat cruises and hands-on science on land and in the water. Register online for free parking. ($10/car for drop-ins)
Sign up here
Please Check In: For information, safety and security reasons, all visitors are asked to check in at the Reed Education Center. We also ask that you leave your pets at home because we are an active research facility and an environmental protection site.
For visitors coming by boat, we have a floating dock where you may tie up your canoe, kayak or dinghy for the duration of your visit. Motorized boats more than 15 feet long are not permitted, so please anchor out and come ashore by dinghy if you have a larger vessel. You may also launch a non-motorized canoe or kayak from the dock to explore our water trails (see below).
What Can You Do Here?
In addition to exploring the trails, you can participate in a wide range of organized activities for all ages and interest levels! Check out our Calendar of Events to see a monthly listing of all offerings, or follow the links below specific event listings.
Self-guided walking trails:
Pick up your trail map at the Reed Education Center when you sign in and explore our two self-guided nature trails: the Discovery Trail and the Java History Trail.
Individuals with special needs or groups wishing to visit SERC should contact the Education Office at 443-482-2218.
Guided and Self-guided Canoe/Kayak Trails:
During spring, summer and fall, SERC presents guided canoe trips along Muddy Creek for the whole family. Sign up for one of these two-hour trips and learn about the ecology of Chesapeake Bay wetlands and research conducted by our scientists. See our Calendar of Events for trip dates and times which are always on Saturdays, April through October. Minimum age: 6 years. Costs: $18/adult, $9/children 13 and under. Designed for beginning and intermediate paddlers. Life jacket, canoe, paddle and basic instruction provided before the trip. Contact Nicole Campbell (443-482-2300) to register. To view canoe trip dates, visit our calendar.
You may also launch your own non-motorized craft (canoe or kayak) at our dock and explore our canoe and kayak trail on your own during public hours. Sign in at the Reed Education Center. A $5 donation is requested. To offload, pull boats around to boat ramp and park in main parking area after offloading. Find out more.
Refund Policy: In general, we would prefer to re-schedule if the trip is cancelled due to inclement weather.
Programming for Adults:
Follow the link for a calendar listing:
- Evening Lectures
SERC researchers and experts in their fields come from around the world to present their research from Chesapeake Bay biology to giant squids.
- Weekly Science Seminars
These lectures are geared toward researchers, biology students and professional scientists. They provide an opportunity for SERC research staff and their colleagues from other institutions to present current work. These seminars are held during the work day and are open to the public.
- Other Adult Programming
Programming for All Ages:
- Family Programs: Fun and informative programs for everyone, from canoe trips to guided hikes.
Events for Kids:
Other Ways to get involved:
Our volunteers participate in SERC activities from research to education and outreach. Volunteer opportunities include assisting research staff in the field or laboratory, assisting education staff in the Reed Center, and leading outside educational activities. Suggested for college-aged students, graduate students and adults. For more information contact Dan Gustafson.
SERC conducts education programs for students and teachers, teacher training and school tours. Special tours for adults and children's groups are also available.
SERC offers a wide variety of internships open to college and graduate students working with SERC scientists and professionals in their fields.
Become a Friend of SERC and help support SERC's environmental research and education programs.