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Our trails are open Monday through Saturday from 9a.m. to 4:30p.m., with the exception of federal holidays.

Evening Lectures
Learn about the natural world every third Tuesday of the month, and talk to the scientists face-to-face.

Citizen Science
Work with our scientists in the field or the lab, and join us in making discoveries.

Shorelines Blog

Shorelines Newsletter


(Turtle carving by Leanne Davis)

It's the Great Pumpkin Coastal Carve Off!

SERC wants to see your artistic skills! We're holding our first ever Pumpkin Carve Off, with an environmental twist. Carve your pumpkin in any way you think highlights the science of the coastal zone (land plants and animals count), and show us your masterpiece on Facebook. Prizes for the most original and most artistic.

Contest Rules and Details


News and Research

Transforming Mercury:
Where the Neurotoxin is Born

Image: Coastal wetland, ones of dozens of environments where scientists found genes that create methylmercury (Grace Schwartz/SERC)

Coastal wetlands, dead zones, thawing Arctic permafrost - these are just some of the places scientists found genes that can turn mercury into the neurotoxin methylmercury. The good news: They didn't find any in the human gut.



Tracking the Bay's Cownose Rays

Cownose ray

Every year, cownose rays migrate 900 miles from Florida to Chesapeake Bay. But are they charismatic swimmers or shellfish-eating pests? SERC ecologists are tagging rays to track their migration and uncover what their presence means for the Bay.



Sailing Through the Arctic

Greenland's melting glaciers could make the ocean more vulnerable to acidification. Armed with a small piece of SERC technology, two sailors embarked on a 100-day journey to unexplored waters. (Photo: U.S. Air Force)



Education and Events

Full Calendar of Events

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--Tuesday, November 17, 7:00PM– 8:00PM
Evening Lecture
"MarineGEO: Taking the Pulse of Coastal Biodiversity Around the World"

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