Thank you for your interest in supporting our mission to better understand the environment, and share that knowledge with the community! We're updating our online donation system. During the switch, please contact Jeanine Young at 443-482-2202 or to make a donation. Thank you for your understanding.


The environmental challenges facing our planet deserve our attention.  We must be fully informed with scientific knowledge to make decisions for future generations.

That is what we do at SERC. We conduct the research to provide scientific information and analysis, and we share it through outreach and education so that all of us can make more informed decisions about our future. We take this responsibility seriously.

SERC is a non-profit organization. As such we earn two-thirds of our annual funding from competitive research grants, fee-based education programs and philanthropic contributions. The Smithsonian Institution provides the remaining one-third of our budget through federal appropriation. Your financial support will enable us to expand research, outreach and education programs.


I want to become a Friend of SERC and support its amazing research, education, and outreach work!

Friends of SERC enjoy invitations to events like SERC's annual Open House, lectures, and programs; receive SERC's newsletter Shorelines; and receive recognition for their support on SERC's website. 

Donate online:  Please select an amount and then click PROCEED TO NEXT STEP.

Please select a donation amount
$25.00 $50.00 $125.00 $250.00
 $500.00 You will be invited to private events with the SERC Advisory Board and SERC Director
 $1000.00 You will receive the above, plus you and one guest will get to participate in a behind-the-scenes group tour of SERC.
 $2000.00 You will receive the above, plus your name will be listed in the Smithsonian Institution annual report.
 $5000.00 You will receive the above, plus you and 4 other guests will get to participate in a behind-the-scenes group tour of SERC.
 $10000.00 You will receive the above, plus you and one guest will become "citizen scientists" for a day and work alongside our researchers in the field.

I would like to apply my gift to the following fund:

 Unrestricted (where needed most)

 Education and outreach programs

  Environmental Scientific Research Programs

  Director's Funds for new initiatives and special programs

  Facilities construction and renovation

_____ Green Village for Community Science

_____ SERC Visitor and Environmental History Center renovation

Additional Comments

Donate by mail: If you prefer to make your gift by check, please print THIS FORM and mail to:

Brian Magness
Director of Development
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
P.O. Box 28, 647 Contees Wharf Road
Edgewater, MD 21037

Please make checks payable to:
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

For further information about gifts and volunteering, please contact Brian Magness at 443-482-2205 or by email