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Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center leads the nation in discovering the links between land and water ecosystems in the coastal zone. Researchers investigate questions related to fisheries, climate change, invasive species, mercury pollution, water quality, ozone depletion, and more.

647 Contees Wharf Road
Edgewater, MD 21037
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Located less than one hour from both Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Md., and 20 minutes from Annapolis, Md.

9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Closed on national holidays.

Use of self-guided walking trails is free. Weekly lecture series is also free.

Fee for guided and self-guided canoe/kayak trips and some programs. Details »