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Join us for an unforgettable day of tours, children's activities, live music, food, and plenty of fun at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Chat with our world-famous scientists one on one and learn about their fascinating research that spans the globe. Scientists will also be on hand to help you explore the tools and technology they use to understand animals and their environments.
The festival will also offer a behind-the-scenes look at rare and endangered animals including the red panda cubs born this spring and summer, a portion of the bird collection, and the black-footed ferrets.
Guests will have the opportunity to learn about the partnership between SCBI and George Mason University (GMU) which established the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation. Its mission is sustaining global biodiversity by advancing the theory and practice of conservation biology with transformative, transdisciplinary education.
The Autumn Conservation Festival will be held rain or shine.
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal (formerly the Conservation and Research Center) started primarily as a breeding center for endangered birds and mammals. Today, the black-footed ferret, Eld's deer, and several species of Pacific island birds are being bred to maintain genetic diversity and provide reserves for highly endangered species.
SCBI is a large and hilly campus, and festival activities are scheduled throughout the facility. Appropriate attire for outdoor activities and comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended. This event will be held rain or shine.
Parking passes will go on sale in early September and will be available for purchase online or at the gate. Car passes purchased at the gate are cash only–checks and credit cards will not be accepted.
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia (formerly the Conservation and Research Center) is not open to the public, except for scheduled training courses, the Autumn Conservation Festival (held annually in early October), and other occasional events.
1500 Remount Road
Front Royal, VA 22630
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