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Graduate and Professional Training Courses

The National Zoo is dedicated to furthering the education of current and future conservation professionals, including graduate students, scientists, resource managers, educators, industry representatives and staff of government and non-government organizations. Smithsonian staff and research associates have offered training courses on a variety of topics for over three decades. Building on the world-renowned training courses of the Smithsonian, new opportunities for graduates and professionals are now being offered through the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (SMSC).

The school is a collaborative effort between SCBI and George Mason University designed to provide a range of compelling residential, hands-on, interdisciplinary programs in conservation biology for undergraduate and graduate students and professionals at our new facility on the grounds of SCBI in Front Royal, Virginia, USA. Graduate and Professional courses are offered as one- to two-week intensive programs taught by world experts, including Smithsonian scientists, Mason faculty, and colleagues from other U.S. and international conservation organizations. The courses provide participants with direct connections to the most current teaching, research techniques, and work in the field, and strive to create a collaborative atmosphere of creative, analytical thinking. You can find out all the details about our graduate and professional training programs on the SMSC website.

In addition to the programs offered through SMSC, all six Centers of Excellence at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute offer a variety of other training opportunities, in addition to participating in SMSC courses. We will continue to highlight those programs here on this page. And, if you are interested in a customized program, please email us.