On Wednesday, March 20th the Magothy River Association hosted a very special event, allowing YOU to virtually tour the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) campus. Get an inside look at the important environmental research happening there!

Headquartered on the Chesapeake Bay, the nation’s largest estuary, SERC’s 2,650-acre campus spans forests, wetlands, marshes, and 15 miles of protected shoreline. The site serves as a natural laboratory for long-term and cutting-edge ecological research.

The MRA will play a role in one of those projects, Chesapeake Water Watch. Along with other local river organizations, MRA volunteers will collect water quality data. These measurements will be used by researchers to help “train” NASA satellites to accurately monitor the Bay.