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Smithsonian Environmental Research Center SERC Charity Profile
The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) leads the Nation in research on linkages
of land and water ecosystems in the coastal zone and provides society with knowledge to meet critical environmental challenges
in the 21st century.
SERC scientists for nearly forty years have been in the forefront of understanding and solving contemporary environmental issues. Our site on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay serves as a central campus for exploring our environment with other research that extends throughout the world. Our environmental educators provide rich content to the public based on our research through distance learning, web based programs and on site visits. Environmental literacy is a key component of our program which allows the public to understand the issues and actively participate in solutions to sustain life on earth.
SERC is a major training center for the next generation of environmental scientists. The future of our environment is dependent on well trained individuals who hone their skills on our campus under the tutelage of our world class scientists. Annually scores of students from the undergraduate through the post-doctoral levels spend time with us.
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center SERC Volunteer Information
SERC is always looking for volunteers to support the work of our scientists, educators, and administrators. Volunteers at SERC help with a wide variety of activities and typically work in the research labs, assist with field work, lead outside education activities including canoe trips and hands-on science programs, help with fundraising, and organize events.
Time commitments can vary and staff is flexible to individual schedules. The age requirement for volunteering at the Smithsonian is 16 years or older.
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center SERC Donation Information
Your tax-deducatible gift to SERC will go to the immediate support of one of the Nation's leading research institutions focused on the critical connections between ecosystems in the coastals zone.
No matter what your level of support, you can direct your gift toward the department, lab, or specific program of your choice, or you can make a general donation to support the overal operation of SERC's world-class research and educational programs.