Event Schedule

Think Tank

Discover how conservation techniques are saving lives at field sites deep in the Amazon rainforest. Plus, play a game to learn the science of how zoo researchers care for animals at the population level.

Elephant Community Center

Kids can play educational games while adults find out how conservation ecology and genetic science are being used by scientists to save animal species all over the world.

Amazonia

Discover how Smithsonian scientists are using cutting-edge conservation science to save wildlife in their native habitats and promote animal health and nutrition at the Zoo.

Bird House

Watch a wild bird banding demonstration, learn about wildlife tracking technology, sample bird-friendly coffee and discover how to seek out birds in your backyard. Plus, learn how experts from Virginia Working Landscapes use modern conservation practices to reshape the farming industry and save local wildlife.

Auditorium (inside the Visitor Center)

Join Smithsonian scientists for live demonstrations of cryopreservation techniques! Watch as scientists freeze and rethaw genetic samples, a critically important technique used to bolster populations of threatened species.

Also, a rotating list of short films highlighting Smithsonian scientists’ conservation work will be screened throughout the day.

A rotating list of short films highlight Smithsonian scientists’ conservation work around the world.

All films will be shown in the auditorium of the Visitors Center (check the Zoo Map for details.)

10:00 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.

  • How the black-footed ferret is making a comeback from the brink of extinction | PBS Newshour

10:15 a.m. - 10:31 a.m.

  • Frogs Are Going Extinct – Here's How We Can Save Them | WILD HOPE

10:36 a.m. - 10:46 a.m.

  • Spawning Hope

10:51 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

  • LIVE - Cryopreservation Demonstration (not a movie)

11:35 a.m. - noon

  • Reconnecta

12:05 p.m. - 12:20 p.m.

  •  Café Y Aves

12:25 p.m. - 12:41 p.m.

  • The Return of Swift Fox

12:46 p.m. - 12:52 p.m.

  • Tracking Elephants

12:57 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.

  • Grass Roots | Virginia Working Landscapes

1:15 p.m. - 1:25 p.m. 

  • How the black-footed ferret is making a comeback from the brink of extinction | PBS Newshour

1:30 p.m. - 1:46 p.m.

  • Frogs Are Going Extinct – Here's How We Can Save Them | WILD HOPE

1:51 p.m. - 2:01 p.m.

  • Spawning Hope

2:01 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.

  • LIVE - Cryopreservation Demonstration (not a movie)

2:45 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. 

  • Reconnecta

3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

  • Café Y Aves

3:35 p.m. - 3:51 p.m.

  • The Return of Swift Fox

3:56 p.m. - 4:02 p.m.

  • Tracking Elephants