Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



Family Conservation Campout overnights offer a great opportunity for adults and children to experience the Zoo's Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal as few do. This facility is normally closed to the public, but will be open just to you for an unique evening of exploration and discovery!

Families enjoy a keeper-led tour, a campfire under the stars, a snack, a good night's sleep in a tent, a morning activity, and a continental breakfast.



Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) 
1500 Remount Road
Front Royal, VA 22630


Please check back in early March for the 2013 Conservation Campout schedule. Priority reservations for members at the Contributing Level begin on March 27, 2013. Reservations for members at the Household Level begin on April 3, 2013.

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Adults and children ages six and older. A paying adult must accompany anyone under 18 and a minimum of one adult must chaperone every three children (under 18).


5 p.m.-10 a.m. the following day.

A small snack is provided, but participants should dine before arriving. You can find many restaurants within a few miles of SCBI Front Royal.

Cancellation Policy

A 75 percent refund will be issued if written notification is received by the FONZ office via e-mail or regular mail at least four weeks before your Conservation Campout. No refunds or changes will be made thereafter. Conservation overnights go on rain or shine.