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Wednesdays | 7 p.m.

Journey with Smithsonian scientists and other conservation professionals as they travel the globe to study and protect species and ecosystems. Share in their adventures during these free science lecture series. The series is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so arrive early.

Upcoming Lectures

April 5 | Canopy Connections, Penguin Piers, and Sound-scapes: Integrating Conservation in Development in Peru, Speaker: Jessica Deichmann

April 12 | Mammals of Southwest China: Hidden Treasures, Speaker: Bill McShea

April 19 | Community Action in Guyana, Speakers: Raquel Thomas and Sydney Allicock

April 26 | SCBI and Carnivore Breeding: The Importance of Animal Enrichment, Husbandry, and Training, Speaker: Jessica Kordell

Additional Details: 

The SMSC Dining Hall will be open for dinner from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on lecture dates. Lecture guests will be offered a special price of $10 per person. If you plan to attend dinner, please RSVP to 


Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation Dining Hall
1500 Remount Road
Front Royal, VA 22630

Please note: pets are not allowed on SCBI property.


Directions from the east:

Take I-66 west to the Linden/Front Royal exit #13
At end of ramp, turn left, under freeway to stoplight at Route 55
Turn right (west) on Route 55 and travel five miles into Front Royal
Turn left at signal, Route 522/Remount Road
Drive approximately 2 miles and take a left into Gate 2 and follow event parking signs

Directions from Rappahannock:

From US 211 take 522 north ~ 12 miles
Turn right into Gate 2 and follow event parking signs