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Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

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647 Contees Wharf Rd, Edgewater, MD 21037-3702
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A Beautiful Natural Treasure

We enjoy hiking in places with opportunities to observe and photograph wildlife in natural... read more

Reviewed 14 February 2017
Edgewater, Maryland
via mobile
Waterfront nature in hideaway

Interesting to see untouched environment. Also good to see scientists working to protect the... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2016
Oliver D
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“school kids” (2 reviews)
“parking lot” (2 reviews)
“trail” (3 reviews)
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647 Contees Wharf Rd, Edgewater, MD 21037-3702
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Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

We enjoy hiking in places with opportunities to observe and photograph wildlife in natural settings. This was our first visit to SERC and it did not disappoint! We saw a large diversity of woodland bird species, particularly woodpeckers of several varieties, and many butterflies. What...More

Thank TopCat390
Reviewed 25 October 2016

Interesting to see untouched environment. Also good to see scientists working to protect the Chesapeake's natural beauty. Might come back when autumn leaves are at peak.

Thank Oliver D
Reviewed 19 October 2016

The eco visitor center was clearly aimed at school kids. Fun stuff for them but not very stimulating for older citizen scientists.

Thank ricktheis
Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Just a quick visit on a Friday afternoon. I was a little concerned by all the road construction leading into the center. It will be a great improvement once it is completed. But for now, prepare for rough roads. Once I found the Reed Visitor...More

1  Thank charylec
Reviewed 8 August 2016

We went on a Sunday and had the place pretty much to ourselves. The visitor's center was closed but the parking lot and trails were all open. Excellent physical activity for an hour or two.

Thank Brian K
Reviewed 2 June 2016

I have been at SERC a couple of times, in 2014. There are three short walking trails. One takes you over wetlands and along the banks of the Rhodes River. There are signs along the way pointing out notable milestones on the trail, e.g., an...More

Thank Charles Z
Reviewed 19 March 2016 via mobile

Looking for a learning experience? The Smithsonian is the place to go. There are indoor and outdoor activities. Children are occupied and learning without realizing it. While this is more hands on than a museum you will still have the same attention to detail. Everyone...More

Thank beverlykurk241
Reviewed 15 March 2016

We know this site primarily from summer camps, which are fantastic. We have totaled 12 summers between our 3 kids. Great location on a quiet bay off the Chesapeake.

Thank Kraig M
Reviewed 21 November 2015

Conservation sciences labs and field work. This just celebrated its 50th year anniversary. It teaches Chesapeake Bay conservation techniques and provides hands on education opportunities for all ages.

Thank stephne
Reviewed 17 September 2015

Amazing place to visit! Educational and relaxing trails to walk. Look for their bi annual open house opportunities.

Thank Dawn H
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23 July 2015|
Response from charylec | Reviewed this property |
The trail I took to the native village is gravel. Therefore, a stroller would not roll well. I am not sure about the other trails.