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Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

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Address: 647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater, MD
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Whether you are taking a hike on one of the many trails, paddling down Muddy Creek or learning about science through volunteering. SERC is a great place to check out and explore... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 23, 2015
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Whether you are taking a hike on one of the many trails, paddling down Muddy Creek or learning about science through volunteering. SERC is a great place to check out and explore. Plan to see wildlife and truly experience nature in all the seasons. Keep an eye out for the open house in the spring and/or fall season. The scientists... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 via mobile

This was my first visit to SERC and so I didn't know what to expect. We went on a weekday morning in late August. After picking up a trail map from the exhibit hall we headed out on the Java Trail. This particular trail has exhibits along the way giving a history of how the land was used over the... More 

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Shady Side
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

great for hiking, wildlife viewing, kayaking.several hikes 2-5 miles long. none of them very strenuous.

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Churchton, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Spring, summer, fall or winter - Check out the Education Center, hike the trails, attend evening lectures, become a volunteer and help with environmental education programs for school children, lead canoe trips, or assist with research. Or bring your own kayak or canoe and launch it in the Rhode River, bird-watch, photograph butterflies! Enjoy and appreciate nature at this off-the-beaten-track... More 

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Edgewater, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

Family friendly science and nature museum. Small but they have activities for young kids. 3000 acres of woods. Some hiking and canoeing possible but you should bring your own canoe.

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Harwood, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

The Smithsonian Environmental Center is a a part of the Smithsonian Institution (SERC). Its mission is environmental research in in research on linkages of land and water ecosystems in the coastal zone and provides society with knowledge to meet critical environmental challenges. SERC, in addition to its research work is committed to education in its environmental role. SERC is also... More 

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Annapolis, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

We go here often to spend a day on the water in our kayaks. They ask for a $5 donation to use their launch site and for the most part, the water is boat free and very quiet. We typically launch on the South River which can be a nightmare during the summer so this is a very nice and... More 

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