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.


2017 School Environmental Action Showcase

We love seeing the impressive Environmental Science projects from local high school students!  
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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.


From the Blog


PEREC Represents GMU at Occoquan River Fest

PEREC Faculty and George Mason Students spent a wonderful Saturday at the Occoquan River Fest. The festival was a great... 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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