About PEREC


The Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC) is one of the key components of George Mason University’s new Potomac Science Center.

PEREC focuses on Potomac River restoration and local sustainability practices, so that the local ecosystem will be healthy for years to come. We translate our research into award winning and engaging field programs for K-12 students and the larger community.

Research

PEREC has led long-term research on Gunston Cove, which is now recognized as an international case study for  ecosystem recovery.

PEREC has been involved in studying and preparing plans to lower Green House Gas Emissions.

News

PEREC Partners with NOVA Outside for Annual Environmental Action Showcase

Students constructing a wind turbine

Dr. Cindy Smith overlooks students constructing a wind turbine

In partnership with NoVa Outside and EarthForce, PEREC hosted the Environmental Action Showcase. Each year, middle and high school students present their science projects at George Mason University, where they gain experience with communication and community involvement. 
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From the Blog

22Nov

PEREC Team Tours Potomac Science Center

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The PEREC team was able to tour the Potomac Science Center this week. The building’s exterior is almost completed, with... Read More →
05Nov

PEREC Breaks Ground On New Community Center

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On October 7, PEREC broke ground on what will become the new Potomac Science Center in Prince William County. Located on... Read More →

RSS Director’s Blog

  • The Compleat Angler (benthic invertebrate version)
    A lovely fall day beckoned and I grabbed my gear and head to Holmes Run in Alexandria with anticipation of landing some big ones. No not of the vertebrate variety, but benthic invertebrates, affectionately known as “stream bugs”. I arrived … Continue reading →
  • Eagle festival 2015
    Seamus Riley  and I are here at Mason Neck for the 2015 Eagle festival. joining another Mason group from Point of View. Good turnout of folks interested in new facility. Visits from Park Fox and a colonial gentleman!
  • First tidal Potomac sampling of 2015
    A fine morning at Belhaven marina on Hunting Cr in the tidal Potomac River just south of Alexandria

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