- Get Involved
Get involved in the Smithsonian Institution's Tree Banding Project, a citizen science program that contributes to research about tree biomass and will track how trees respond to climate. Students around the globe will monitor the rate at which their local trees grow and learn how that rate corresponds to Smithsonian research as well as comparing their work to other students world-wide. Once involved, participants will help to create the first global observatory of how trees respond to climate as well as contributing vital information to an important ecological study.
Trained volunteers of all skill levels and interests participate in SERC activities from working with school trips to taking measurements of water quality. Volunteer Opportunities include assisting research staff in the field or laboratory, assisting education staff in the Reed Center, and leading outside educational activities. In addition, SERC sponsors many events throughout the year where citizen-scientists can help in scientific surveying, tagging, and observation.
The Smithsonian's Neighborhood Nestwatch program provides an opportunity to be a biologist in your own backyard. Participants learn about birds and help scientists solve critical questions regarding the survival of backyard bird populations.
*Opportunities for weekend service.