The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s annual Autumn Conservation Festival is the only time of year this one-of-a-kind breeding and research facility located in Front Royal, Virginia, is open to the public. The festival offers scenic views of the beautiful SCBI campus, where visitors may catch a glimpse of bison, endangered cranes, and maned wolves. Scientists, animal care staff, and researchers are on hand to answer questions on caring for critically endangered species and explain the amazing technology used to save them. Visitors also have the unique chance to find about SCBI’s history and ecological programs, including BiodiversiTREE and Project NEON.
SCBI (formerly the Conservation and Research Center) started primarily as a breeding center for endangered birds and mammals. Today, the black-footed ferret, Eld’s deer, and several species of birds are bred here to maintain genetic diversity and provide reserves for highly endangered species.
The facility is also home to the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, a partnership between SCBI and George Mason University, working towards sustaining global biodiversity by advancing the theory and practice of conservation biology with transformative, transdisciplinary education.
SCBI is a large and hilly campus, and festival activities are scheduled throughout the facility. Appropriate attire for outdoor activities and comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended. This event will be held rain or shine.
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