Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

SERC is an active research and educational center offering evening lectures and family-oriented science activities, year -round self guided walking trails, and canoeing on site. Discover what's cool about the Chesapeake's wildlife, learn about environmental research, or join a hands -on program for organized groups. Public guided hikes, research site tours and canoe excursions are offered in the summer. A recognized Chesapeake Bay Storyteller, trained by the Maryland Office of Tourism.
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647 Contees Wharf Rd
Edgewater, MD
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  • ADA Accessible
  • Family-Friendly
  • Free Parking
Rated 5 by 399jenniferp

July 18, 2023


Something for everyone

Shout out to a hidden Smithsonian gem. Don't be deterred by the gate guard, the campus is open to the public and security is there to answer any of your questions. There's the Woodlawn House for...

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Rated 4 by 1000mL

December 07, 2020


Historic government-owned limited-access property

Historic entrance fee-free water-front property. The bullet-proof vested armed guard out front is not welcoming, so make no mistake that SERC is a government facility opened to just a very limited...

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Rated 5 by Leew0004

October 09, 2019


Morning Hike

Very nice, well maintained, forest trails. Educational signage along the pathways identifying flora as well as how the land is being returned to nature after having been used for tobacco farming and...

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