Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) provides science-based knowledge to meet the environmental challenges of the 21st century. SERC leads research on coastal ecosystems—where land meets the sea—to inform real-world decisions for wise policies, best business practices, and a sustainable planet.

SERC explains environmental science in innovative ways that change how people view the biosphere, and inspire them to take an active role in sustainable stewardship of the Earth. The campus is open for drop-in visitors, school groups and citizen scientists to learn about the natural world and join in hands-on ecological research.

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center's Education Department strives to cultivate an understanding of human impacts on the environment through the integration of Smithsonian research, hands-on inquiry, and STEM based learning; while teaching others how to integrate meaningful reserach into a robust science curriculum.

All programs are designed to be hands-on and focused on the practices of science and how our SERC researchers conduct science. Each station will be led by a SERC staff person or trained volunteers.

Stations are laid out with the following format and are grade  appropriate (NGSS standards are listed in parentheses)

1. An overarching question
2. Discussion about how scientists at SERC collect data
3. Hands-on data collection using scientific tools and techniques
4. Sharing and analysis of findings
5. Wrap-up and conclusion

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