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Autumn Conservation Festival

OCTOBER 5 and 6, 2013, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


We regret to inform you that the Autumn Conservation Festival has been canceled due to the government shutdown, which closed federal facilities including the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI).

We will issue refunds for car pass purchases or, if you’d prefer, we can treat your purchase as a donation to further support our work. As soon as the shutdown is over, we will email everyone who purchased a car pass to determine their preference for a refund or donation. In the meantime, you may contact the FONZ Membership team directly at 202-633-2922 with questions.

SCBI specializes in saving wildlife, conserving habitats, and restoring species to the wild. Thank you for supporting the critical efforts of these scientists!


About the Autumn Conservation Festival

Join us for an unforgettable day of fun, tours, and activities at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

This is the one time every year that SCBI Front Royal is open to the public.

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.

Guests will have the opportunity to learn about the partnership between the Zoo’s Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (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.

Admission Includes

  • Behind-the-scenes looks at some of SCBI Front Royal's endangered animals
  • Live music
  • Special activities for children
  • Food and beverages available for purchase:
    • Burgers, hotdogs, and vegetarian options from the grill
    • Whole fruit
    • Chips and cookies
    • Fresh popcorn with assorted flavored toppings
    • Water and soda
  • Zoo-themed merchandise will be available for purchase

The Autumn Conservation Festival will be held rain or shine.

SCBI Front Royal

Situated in the heart of SCBI’s 3,200-acre facility in Front Royal, Virginia, the new LEED Gold certified facilities feature state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms, a distance learning center, green roofs, rainwater gardens, a dining hall and dormitories.

Please note: SCBI Front Royal is set in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Autumn Conservation Festival activities are scattered throughout the campus. Dress appropriately for outdoor activities and wear comfortable walking shoes. This event will be held rain or shine.

We look forward to seeing you at the Autumn Conservation Festival. Your contribution directly supports conservation work at SCBI Front Royal.

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