Autumn Conservation Festival has been cancelled due to weather
2015 FONZ Annual Meeting with Giant Panda Biologist Laurie Thompson
2015-2016 Children's Classes and Homeschool Classes
Friends of the National Zoo
The Autumn Conservation Festival (ACF) will be held on October 3 & 4 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, VA. A parking pass is required for admission. SCBI Club members and Patron level members and above receive a complimentary parking pass. Visit the ACF event page for details.
With the declaration of a State of Emergency in Virginia due to Hurricane Joaquin, we have made the tough decision to cancel the Autumn Conservation Festival at SCBI this year. More information to come.
FONZ members may begin reviewing 2015 nominiee bios and cast their ballot between October 8 - October 16. Newly elected members of the FONZ Board will be introduced at the FONZ Annual Meeting on October 19. Check back for further details on this year's election.
The 2015 FONZ Annual Meeting will be held in the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Visitor Center Auditorium on October 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Come hear one of our resident panda experts, biologist Laurie Thompson, share updates about the National Zoo's Giant Panda Program and our newest cub, Bei Bei.
Learning is Wild at the National Zoo: Registration for 2015-2016 Children's Classes and Homeschool Classes is Now Open!
Member Parking Information
Parking Lot A will be closed due to construction until October 24. Please park in Lots B, D, and E when visiting the Zoo.
A valid FONZ membership card with matching photo ID is required for free or discounted parking. Parking spaces are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Plan to arrive early when weather is nice. National Zoo parking gates open at 6:00 a.m. April through October and many animals are in their outdoor exhibits before 10:00 a.m. during the summer season.
Members who forget their membership cards, do not have matching IDs, or present illegible or expired cards or IDs, will be charged the full parking fee.
Need a temporary replacement card? Please contact the FONZ Membership Office at least 1 business day in advance your visit if notice your card is damaged or missing so that we can send you a temporary membership verification letter via email. The FONZ Membership Office can be reached directly via
email or phone at (202) 633-2922, Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm.
Lost your membership cards? Replacement cards are available online for a $5.00 reprinting fee.