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SCBI School Outreach

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Virginia (formerly CRC), offers a selection of hands-on science programs designed to educate and inspire students about fundamental science, conservation and environmental issues.

Founded on current SCBI research, these programs allow students to "become the scientist" by applying the same scientific methods and procedures used by our scientists.

Outreach programs are correlated with the Virginia Standards of Learning for Science, and are 55 minutes long in order to fit within a standard class period (maximum class size is 30 students).

SCBI School Outreach Programs are offered to public, private, and charter schools in Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Loudoun, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah, and Warren counties, and the City of Winchester. We are unable to deliver programs outside these counties.

Outreach programs may also be booked for home school collectives, scout troops, and other educational organizations within these counties for an additional $35 surcharge.

Bookings are at the discretion of the program coordinator. We currently do not offer programs on weekends.

We are in the process of updating our outreach curricula and will be offering the following programs beginning in January 2016. Email us if you would like to be added to our teacher emailing list to hear about additional programs in the future.

Program Descriptions

Grade 3: What's for Lunch?

Give your third-grade students a fascinating method to understand how scientists study the three consumer categories (herbivore, carnivore, and omnivore). Emphasis is placed on using the scientific method to determine consumer category based on dentition.

Students are given the opportunity to collect data on teeth from skulls of endangered species studied by National Zoo scientists, develop a hypothesis about what each animal might eat and why, and then confirm their conclusions using a Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Mammal Identification Guidebook to determine the consumer group of each skull.

Virginia Science Standards Reference: 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, and 3.10

We have a 'per program' fee structure: $70 for the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Loudoun, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah, Warren, and the City of Winchester. Outreach programs may also be booked for home school collectives, scout troops, and other educational organizations within these counties for an additional $35 surcharge.

Bookings are at the discretion of the program coordinator. We currently do not offer programs on weekends.

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Grade 7: Black-Footed Ferret: Bottleneck Genes Program

Your seventh-grade students have the opportunity to learn about one of the most endangered mammals in North America. They will hear the story of their plight and how National Zoo scientists are helping to save this species from extinction.

Emphasis is placed on small-population biology and genetic diversity. Through an interactive activity, students are introduced to the study of conservation genetics and population bottlenecks. Students will discover how the loss of genetic diversity can affect a population's ability to respond to changes in its environment

Virginia Science Standards Reference:
LS.5
, LS.7, LS.8, LS.9, LS.10, LS.11, LS.12, LS.13, LS.14 (bold standards are highly emphasized)

We have a 'per program' fee structure: $70 for the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Loudoun, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah, Warren, and the City of Winchester. Outreach programs may also be booked for home school collectives, scout troops, and other educational organizations within these counties for an additional $35 surcharge.

Bookings are at the discretion of the program coordinator. We currently do not offer programs on weekends.

Register now

Resources

PDFDownload Teacher Guide (English or Spanish)

PDFDownload PowerPoint (English or Spanish)

PDFDownload PowerPoint Script (English or Spanish)

Availability

Programs can be scheduled only on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school year. The schedule fills quickly, so register early for your preferred dates.

Fee

$70 per class for the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Loudoun, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah, Warren, and the City of Winchester.

Registration

Register online

Requests must be received one month in advance, and are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

The online registration form is the quickest way to have your reservation processed. If you have technical difficulties, please contact:

SCBI Front Royal Education Office
1500 Remount Road
Front Royal, VA 22630
540.635.6540
fax: 540.635.6551
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