Visitors: Please note that the Giant Panda House is closed until further notice while cub Bei Bei recovers from surgery. Mei Xiang, Tian Tian and Bao Bao are still visible in their outdoor yards. 

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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.

Dinner in the dining hall is available before lectures. Please contact SCBIeducation@si.edu if you would like to make a dinner reservation.

Upcoming Lectures

October 5 | Non-Invasive Hormone Monitoring in Asian Elephants, Speaker: Natalia Prado-Oviedo 

October 12 | Saving Species—One Meal at a Time, Speaker: Mike Maslanka 

October 19 |  Red Siskin Initiative, Speaker: Miguel Angel Arvedo 

October 26 | Vanishing Hoof Beats...Saving Ungulates through Innovative Animal Management and Reproductive Research, Speaker: Budhan Pukazhenthi


Smithsonian Mason School of Conservation (SMSC) 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