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.


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.


We need Volunteers!

Mystery Snails

Have you ever been out on the water and observed large snails floating near your boat? Graduate student Michelle Ryan, hopes to solve this molluskan mystery and she needs your help! She needs volunteers interested in science or who enjoy spending a summer day outdoors to help conduct snail surveys at local parks.

Find out how to help

From the Blog


PEREC Breaks Ground On New Community Center

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

Fairfax County EQAC Environmental Excellence Award, 2014

PEREC has been recognized by the Environmental Quality Advisory Council with the organizational award for the dedication of “time and energy to benefit the... Read More →
Back to Top