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Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation

Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation

1500 Remount Rd, Front Royal (VA), 22630, United States

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(540) 635-0115

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About Unique programs in conservation studies based at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute near the Shenandoah National Park in Front Royal, Virginia. http://smconservation.gmu.edu/
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Mission The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation seeks to sustain global biodiversity by advancing the theory and practice of conservation biology with transformative, transdisciplinary education.
Description The Smithsonian Mason School of Conservation (SMSC) offers a range of compelling residential, hands-on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary programs in conservation biology for undergraduate and graduate students and professionals from around the world. Current programming includes the residential undergraduate semester programs and graduate and professional courses and certificate programs. New offerings are always being planned as the School of Conservation works to address the changing threats to and opportunities for conserving biodiversity, the interests of students, and requirements of employers.

Undergraduate programs:
The SMSC is proud to offer two 16-credit programs for undergraduates committed to the study of conservation:

- Applied Conservation Strategies
- Ecology for Effective Conservation Practices

Each semester-long program offers five integrated courses that include a practicum work experience with researchers at the SCBI, as well as classes focusing on conservation theory and applications.

More information about the programs can be found at:


Email: smithsem@gmu.edu

Graduate and Professional programs:
Graduate students and professionals in conservation-related fields can gain training in the tools, knowledge, and skills needed to address today’s most pressing conservation challenges in courses offered through the SMSC.

All courses take place as intensive one or two-week sessions. Participants are in residence at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, VA.

For more information about course offerings visit:


Email: scbitraining@si.edu
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