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.


PEREC Involved With Fourth Annual Environmental Action Showcase

Students constructing a wind turbine

Cindy Smith overlooks students constructing a wind turbine

 “To make the showcase a success, students have to work together across interdisciplinary lines at that intersection between science, communication and community engagement.” 
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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 →
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