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Presented By Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)
Goal Help us understand the role of biodiversity in forests
Task Track, maintain, and monitor our experimental forest
Where 647 Contees Wharf Road Maryland 21037 United States 647 Contees Wharf Road, 21037 Maryland 21037 United States

BiodiversiTREE is an experimental forest on the campus of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, MD. In fall of 2013, staff and volunteers planted more than 20,000 trees in 75 plots. Some of the plots have one species, some have 4 species, and others have 12 species. Over the next 100 years, professional and citizen scientists will collect data to better understand the impacts of forest biodiversity on environmental factors such as tree growth, insect diversity, and soil quality.

We are seeking volunteers to help us maintain our forest and to help us collect data! No prior knowledge is required. This opportunity is suitable for people age 16 and over. Younger volunteers (under the supervision of a parent or guardian) will be considered on a case by case basis. Volunteers will be working outside and this work involves a lot of kneeling and bending. Volunteers must come to the SERC campus in Edgewater, MD to volunteer.

How to Join

To learn more about this opportunity or any of the other citizen science voluteering opportunities going on at SERC, please contact Alison Cawood by email ( or phone (443-482-2271).

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Ideal Age Group High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity At a science center, zoo or aquarium
Tags biodiversity, Chesapeake, environmental science, forest, forestry, gardening, Maryland, plants, SERC, Smithsonian
Project Updated 05/23/2018