Field Trips

SERC's Mathias Lab building rises over the nearby wetlands

Photo by Natasha Hitchcock

All field trips will be held Friday, May 19, 2023. Costs listed below are approximate, and itineraries may change. Full details will be available when field trip registration opens. Field trips may be cancelled if enrollment minimums are not met.

National Aquarium

Half-day, $35.

Steps away from the conference venue, this non-profit aquarium boasts 20,000 fishes, birds, amphibians, reptiles and marine mammals living in award-winning habitats from ocean to river to rainforest canopy. Group admission and behind-the-scenes tour included.

Port of Baltimore, Dundalk and Seagirt Marine Terminals

Half-day, $25.

Riding tour of two terminal facilities at one of the largest ports in the USA. Van travel included. Secure site, participants will be required to provide identification (driver's license or passport) in advance.

US Naval Academy

Full-day, $25.

Located in downtown Annapolis, the United States Naval Academy is the undergraduate college of the USA's naval service. Attractions include significant buildings and monuments, the crypt of John Paul Jones, noon brigade formation, and a naval history museum with the world's largest ship model collection. Guided walking tour included. Two forms of identification or passport required for access.

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center & Rhode River Boat Tour

Full-day, $35.

Tour SERC's 2,650-acre campus, which spans forests, wetlands, marshes and 15 miles of protected shoreline. Meet researchers and visit field sites, including the Global Change Research Wetland. Van travel, boat tour of the Rhode River included.

Poplar Island Restoration Area

Full-day, $40.

Poplar Island has become an international model for the beneficial use of dredged material. Lost remote island habitat within Chesapeake Bay is being restored using dredged material collected from the approach channels to the Baltimore Harbor. Van travel, boat tour, lunch included.

National Museum of Natural History

Full-day, $25.

The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. houses the world's largest natural history collection. Van travel and behind-the-scenes tour included. If time allows, explore the neighboring world-class art and history museums on the National Mall.