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Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) leads the nation in discovering the links between land and water ecosystems in the coastal zone. Researchers investigate questions related to fisheries, climate change, invasive species, mercury pollution, water quality, ozone depletion and more.

Highlights: Two hiking trails, guided and self-guided canoe and kayak trips, educational programs for adults and children

647 Contees Wharf Road
Edgewater, MD 21037
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Conveniently located less than one hour from both Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Md., and just 20 minutes from Annapolis, Md.

General Information
Phone: 443-482-2200
Fax: 443-482-2380
9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Closed on national holidays.

Use of self-guided walking trails is free. Weekly lecture series is also free.

Fee for guided and self-guided canoe/kayak trips and some programs. Details »