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Walking Trails


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

For the Public

Please Check In: For information and security reasons, all visitors are asked to check in at the Reed Education Center. We love animals, but we also ask that you leave your pets at home because we are an active research facility and an environmental protection site.

For boaters: We have a floating dock where you may tie up your canoe, kayak or dinghy. Motorized boats more than 15 feet long are not permitted, so please anchor out and come ashore by dinghy if you have a larger vessel. You may also launch a non-motorized canoe or kayak from the dock to explore our water trails.

Check out our Public Programs page for a full list of activities the public can do at SERC.

For Visiting Scientists,
Fellows and Interns

SERC hosts visiting scientists, fellows, and interns who come to the center to participate in research. Visit our research labs for collaborative research opportunities, or the Professional Training section of this website for more information about internships and fellowships.
For visitors who need to SCUBA dive for their research, please see the Smithsonian Dive Program web site.