VISITORS: The Harvard Street NW Bridge/entrance to the Zoo will be closed to vehicular traffic until 1:00 p.m. today, Oct. 19, to facilitate a federal highways bridge inspection. Pedestrians will have access to the bridge throughout the closure.

Conservation Discovery Day

Saturday, October 7, 2017
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Campus
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Conservation Discovery Day

Thank you for your interest in Conservation Discovery Day! This event has reached capacity. Car passes are no longer available and will not be sold at the gate. Stay tuned for details about next year's event, and in the meantime, follow the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for a behind-the-scenes look at SCBI.

Are you a budding biologist, curious conservationist or animal lover who’s passionate about science and saving the planet? Designed for sixth-graders to under-grads, this sci-tacular day at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute includes hands-on activities, research demonstrations and mini-chats on hot topics in conservation. Career panel discussions with conservation biologists, field ecologists, research scientists, veterinarians and animal keepers will open doors and minds to the professional possibilities within the conservation field. Follow your passion to the Blue Ridge Mountains for inspiration and insight on how you can join the conservation ranks and make a difference for wildlife and habitats worldwide.

This is the one day this one-of-a-kind research facility located in scenic Front Royal, Virginia, is open to the public. SCBI is a large and hilly campus. Appropriate attire for outdoor activities and comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended. This event will be held rain or shine.