The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) is interested in your questions about the environment! 


The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) is located on almost 3,000 acres of land in the Rhode River in Edgewater, MD. At SERC, we use environmental science to investigate our changing world by addressing questions that are of global importance. Research topics include:


  • Sea Level Rise

  • Climate Change

  • Land Use

  • Pollution

  • Water Quality

  • Fisheries

  • Endangered Plants

  • Invasive Species

  • Environmental Archaeology


Citizen Scientists work with SERC researchers to address these topics by helping to collect and process data, and troubleshoot challenges. We are looking to increase the role of citizen scientists at SERC, and include more voices in our work. We aim to have citizen scientists drive the development of research questions. We want to ensure that the questions SERC is asking are not only scientifically interesting, but provide real world solutions that help communities. 

SERC has connected with IPC to learn more about what communities of faith are thinking about! We would love to hear what questions you and your congregation have. If you are interested in sharing some questions or concerns about environmental challenges, please fill out the Google form below. The information collected from this survey will be shared with the IPC and will help guide the IPC and SERC in future program development.

If you are interested in learning more about this work, please feel free to reach out to Rylee Wernoch at [email protected]

You can find the questionnaire HERE!