Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



Autumn Conservation Festival

OCTOBER 4 and 5, 2014 10 AM–3 PM


Join us for an unforgettable day of 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.

Don’t hesitate to bring the family- Autumn Conservation Festival includes children’s activities, live music, food, and plenty of fun!

Parking passes will go on sale in early September and will be available for purchase online or at the gate.

Join FONZ and SCBI Club NOW to Receive a Complimentary Parking Pass!

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.
  • Zoo-themed merchandise will be available for purchase

The Autumn Conservation Festival will be held rain or shine.

About SCBI

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.

Dress for the Event

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 Information

Parking passes will go on sale in early September and will be available for purchase online or at the gate.

Directions to the Autumn Conservation Festival

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.

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1500 Remount Road
Front Royal, VA 22630

From the East (Washington DC Area)

  • Take I-66 to the Linden/Route 55 exit (Exit 13)
  • Turn left at the bottom of the exit ramp
  • Turn right at the first stop light onto VA-55 West and go about five miles
  • Turn left at the first traffic light onto US-522 South/Remount Road
  • The main gate to SCBI Front Royal will be on your left in about two miles
  • Turn left into SCBI Front Royal

From the West (Winchester/Strasburg)

  • Take I-81 to I-66
  • Take the Front Royal/US-522 exit (Exit 6)
  • Turn right at the end of the ramp and follow US-522 South/Remount Road through Front Royal and for about two miles south of town
  • Turn left into SCBI Front Royal

For questions about the event, email us.