Outdoor lecture space at the Potomac Science Center

For more details about our facilities, download this document: Summary of PEREC Facilities at PSC.


PEREC is located in the Potomac Science Center in Belmont Bay, near the mouth of the Occoquan River. The 45,000 square foot facility contains wet labs for teaching and research, lecture rooms, offices for faculty, graduate students, and other researchers, a spatial analysis laboratory, and a library/resource center.

The Potomac Science Center is uniquely located on two park service trails, Captain John Smith Chesapeake Historic Trail and the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. It is also located near the Occoquan Water Trail and the East Coast Greenway.

Research Vessels

PEREC has a number of boats for use in research and teaching. Most of the boats are housed on trailers at the Boat Compound on Roberts Road. These boats include three Carolina Skiffs (26 ft and 27 feet), Sea Ox (23 ft), Polar Kraft (19 ft), and Boston Whaler (14 ft). These four boats have a daily charge associated with their use and must have an approved boat driver on board. In addition there several canoes available for use. These boats may be utilized by GMU faculty and students for research and class purposes


PEREC has three vehicles which may be used for teaching and research activities. The Ford Expedition and a Ford F-250  available for towing boats. A mileage charge is assessed for use. Drivers are required to have a valid US driver’s license and to have taken appropriate training from George Mason University.