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Eyes on Wildlife

Red Fox and prey at Skyline High School (Warren County)

Eyes on Wildlife provides the opportunity for middle and high school classes in Virginia to conduct research using camera trap technology.  Students and teachers can explore Virginia’s native mammal diversity, analyze data, look for animal activity patterns in their local area and contribute to the eMammal database.

Under teacher supervision, students deploy camera traps and learn to identify native wildlife species. Teachers supervise all camera trap activities and must attend a mandatory six hour training.

Thanks to support from the Smithsonian's Youth Access Grant program, Friends of the National Zoo and private donations, Eyes on Wildlife is available at no cost to middle and high schools in the following Virginia counties: Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren. 

Teachers from these Virginia counties who are interested in training for the Eyes on Wildlife program should contact scbieducation@si.edu.

Not from these counties? Visit Smithsonian’s eMammal to explore camera trap data, view images, download lesson plans and more!

Learn more about the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute’s camera trapping efforts:

Eyes on Wildlife is based at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, and is a partnership between Friends of the National Zoo and Smithsonian’s eMammal.