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Edgewater, MD United States

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June 2019

Natural Solutions to Climate Change

June 18, 2019 at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 647 Contees Wharf Road
Edgewater, MD United States
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A Smithsonian Environmental Research Center monthly evening lecture. Some of the most powerful solutions to climate change are right at our fingertips. Changing how we manage our land—through methods like sustainable farming, reforestation and restoring wetlands—could save up to a fifth of U.S. carbon emissions each year. That’s more powerful than taking every car in the U.S. off the road. Speakers: Susan Cook-Patton (The Nature Conservancy) and Ariana Sutton-Grier (University of Maryland), two scientists who helped highlight 21 “natural climate solutions”…

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SERC Public Tour

June 19, 2019 at 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 647 Contees Wharf Road
Edgewater, MD United States
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Experience an insider's view of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Learn about SERC’s long-term environmental research on marshes, trees, water quality, and the impacts of carbon dioxide on our land, water, and air. During your tour, you'll walk across the marsh boardwalk and visit the beaver pond and weir, where scientists monitor stream pollution. You'll also go inside the Mathias Lab, the Smithsonian's first building to earn LEED-Platinum, the highest sustainability ranking given by the U.S. Green Building Council. Tours…

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SERC Science Saturday

June 22, 2019 at 6:00 am - 9:00 am
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One event on November 2, 2019 at 6:00am

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 647 Contees Wharf Road
Edgewater, MD United States
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Learn about marine biodiversity with marine biologists and learn about SERC research. Bring the family for a day of hands-on activities alongside Smithsonian scientists. No preregistration required. No food will be available for purchase, but you are welcome to bring your own lunch or snacks. Free. Information

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SERC Public Tour

June 29, 2019 at 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 647 Contees Wharf Road
Edgewater, MD United States
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Experience an insider's view of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Learn about SERC’s long-term environmental research on marshes, trees, water quality, and the impacts of carbon dioxide on our land, water, and air. During your tour, you'll walk across the marsh boardwalk and visit the beaver pond and weir, where scientists monitor stream pollution. You'll also go inside the Mathias Lab, the Smithsonian's first building to earn LEED-Platinum, the highest sustainability ranking given by the U.S. Green Building Council. Tours…

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July 2019

CLIMATE CHANGE & OUR FOOD SUPPLY–FOLLOWED BY GREEN DRINKS

July 16, 2019 at 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 647 Contees Wharf Road
Edgewater, MD United States

Tread Lightly on the Earth: Climate Change & You July 2019 Climate Change and Our Food Supply Townhall Discussion & Green Drinks Annapolis Tuesday, July 16, 2019 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Mathias Laboratory Atrium Smithsonian Environmental Research Center 647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater Annapolis Green and Presenting Sponsor *Hannon Armstrong invite you to the second in a year-long series of townhall-style talks on Climate Change. The talk will focus on the effect of Climate Change on our food supply. The talk…

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August 2019

Anne Arundel Watershed Stewards Academy Info Session

August 24, 2019 at 5:30 am - 7:30 am
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 647 Contees Wharf Road
Edgewater, MD United States

Anne Arundel Watershed Stewards Academy is a great opportunity to learn how to solve environmental problems in your community and find a local network of energized leaders. WSA's hands-on, research-based certification course gives Stewards the tools to implement change in their communities, turning knowledge into action. Want to get off the sidelines and make a real change? Master Watershed Stewards serve Anne Arundel County communities by installing landscape projects that reduce pollution and organizing campaigns to encourage habits that make a…

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SERC Science Saturday

August 24, 2019 at 6:00 am - 9:00 am
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 647 Contees Wharf Road
Edgewater, MD United States
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Discover how the atmosphere interacts with land and water. Bring the family for a day of hands-on activities alongside Smithsonian scientists. No preregistration required. No food will be available for purchase, but you are welcome to bring your own lunch or snacks. Free. Information

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September 2019

Tri for the Chesapeake

September 8, 2019 at 3:30 am - 8:00 pm
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 647 Contees Wharf Road
Edgewater, MD United States
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Swim, bike and run through the scenic SERC campus, at a Tri For The Chesapeake sprint triathlon. See what your body is capable of doing, as you push your personal limits for a good cause. Participants will experience Chesapeake Bay ecosystems firsthand by taking part in a 1/2-mile swim, 10-mile bike ride, and 3.1-mile (5k) trail run, OR a 5k-run, 10-mile bike ride and 5k-run through the forested campus. This is a great beginners race, as the scenic course provides enough of a challenge…

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Chesapeake Music Festival

September 14, 2019 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 647 Contees Wharf Road
Edgewater, MD United States
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Celebrate the Bay’s rich heritage in a festival dedicated to Chesapeake folk music! Enjoy songs and storytelling from local bands, while taking in the view from SERC’s 18th-century mansion ruins overlooking the Rhode Rivera and the Bay. No dogs allowed (except service dogs). Food, beer and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase. This is a zero-waste event, so we encourage participants to bring reusable water bottles. Tickets: $20 per car; $30 at the gate. Purchase tickets

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Owl Net Project

September 17, 2019 at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 647 Contees Wharf Road
Edgewater, MD United States
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A Smithsonian Environmental Research Center monthly evening lecture. Speaker: Melissa Acuti, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. No preregistation required. This talk will take place in the Schmidt Conference Center. Details to come.

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November 2019

SERC Science Saturday

November 2, 2019 at 6:00 am - 9:00 am
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 647 Contees Wharf Road
Edgewater, MD United States
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Learn about microbes that are invisible to the naked eye and how DNA is uncovering some of the Bay's greatest secrets. Bring the family for a day of hands-on activities alongside Smithsonian scientists. No preregistration required. No food will be available for purchase, but you are welcome to bring your own lunch or snacks. Free. Information

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January 2020

Earth Optimism Lecture: How to Recycle More and Recycle Right

January 21, 2020 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 647 Contees Wharf Road
Edgewater, MD United States

In the kickoff lecture of the SERC 2020 Earth Optimism Lecture Series, Richard Bowen, the recycling program manager for Anne Arundel County, will answer questions about what can and can't be recycled in the county and break down the different services the county offers to help residents recycle more effectively. Come get an inside look at what happens to the items we throw out. Can't make the talk? Visit Anne Arundel County Recycling and Waste Reduction Division for more info on how to recycle…

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February 2020

Earth Optimism Lecture: The Science of Restoring a Stream

February 18, 2020 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 647 Contees Wharf Road
Edgewater, MD United States

When it comes to cleaning up Chesapeake Bay, restoring streams has become an increasingly popular solution. But not all restorations work alike. SERC nutrient ecologist Tom Jordan will reveal where restorations are doing best, and what his team has learned from SERC's own stream restoration on Muddy Creek. The talk will be held in the Schmidt Conference Center. Light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Details | Information about all the lectures in the series

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March 2020

Earth Optimism Lecture: Global Trade, Ballast Water and Invasive Species on Ships – CANCELED

March 17, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 647 Contees Wharf Road
Edgewater, MD United States

Invasive species have been crossing to new shores in the hulls of ships, unseen, for centuries. But in the late 20th century, scientists and managers began discovering more of them inside the ballast water ships carry for balance. In this talk, SERC marine biologist Greg Ruiz will highlight some of the latest efforts to track and clean up ships' ballast water and prevent future invasions. The talk will be held in the Schmidt Conference Center. Light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Details | Information about…

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April 2020

Earth Optimism Lecture: Stories From Four Decades of Forest Science – CANCELED

April 21, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 647 Contees Wharf Road
Edgewater, MD United States

On the eve of Earth Day, join SERC for a special lecture on how forests are shaping the planet. SERC forest ecologists Sean McMahon and Jess Parker will break down decades of forest research at SERC and across the U.S., and highlight the many ways forests are improving the health of our planet and its people. The talk will be held in the Mathias Laboratory. Light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Details | Information about all the lectures in the series

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