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Photo: SERC
Presented by Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Participation fee $0
Expenses $0
Spend the time outdoors
Location 647 Contees Wharf Road Maryland United States 21037
Appropriate for kids no
Teaching materials no


Required Gear:

No equipment necessary. All materials will be provided.


Be A Smithsonian Archaeology Volunteer


Understand the impacts humans have had on local environments
Citizen Archaeologist will assist with fieldwork and lab work

Join the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) Archaeology Lab as we excavate two sites on SERC property this summer! Work with scientists and students to excavate sites, preserve artifacts, and collect environmental data to understand the ways that people change the land has changed (or not) over the past 200 years.

We request that volunteers serve at least one, and volunteers may volunteer for one or more days. No experience is necessary and training will be provided. This opportunity is suitable for families with older children (13+ directly supervised by a parent/guardian, 16+ may be able to work without having a parent/guardian present)and groups. Volunteers will be working outside and some bending and kneeling is required.

For people who wish to become more deeply involved with the program, we offer a research citizen science track, where volunteers will pursue semi-independent research and may even publish their findings in professional journals. This opportunity is only available to people aged 18+. Research Citizen Scientists must commit to a minimum of 10 hours per month for at least 4 months.

All volunteer activities occur on Wednesdays on the campus of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, MD.




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