News and Updates

High School Summer course – Herpetology – June 25 – July 1

Posted: February 16, 2017 at 11:18 am, Last Updated: February 27, 2017 at 10:31 am

We’re pleased to announce our high school summer course is open for registration now! We will be holding our CONS 110 – Herpetology course from June 25 – July 1, 2017. See here for more information and to register for the course!

Undergraduates – Join us for a tour to learn more about our programs!

Posted: October 4, 2016 at 1:45 pm, Last Updated: October 20, 2016 at 4:07 pm

Have you ever wanted to see what the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation looked like at the closed research facility of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia? Well now’s your chance, plus we’ll drive you out there and provide free lunch!

Please join us for an upcoming tour to the SMSC campus for prospective students for the undergraduate semester programs. Shuttles leave from the Fairfax campus at 10am and return by 3pm, or students can meet us in the lobby of the Residential dorm at 11am. Tours include …

SMSC Alum Ashley Fortner – Adventures in rhino sitting.

Posted: August 30, 2016 at 9:08 pm

Mason News / August 25, 2016 / by Damian Cristodero

Who would have thought a rhinoceros can be so much like a horse?

Both eat hay and grains. Before evolution gave them hooves, horses—like rhinos—had three toes. Both vocalize with huffs and snorts.

For Ashley Fortner, that was a perfect match. The George Mason University senior, who grew up in Virginia Beach tending to her family’s three horses, worked a summer internship, helping oversee 40 rhinoceros at White Oak Conservation in Yulee, Fla.

The difference, Fortner said, is that when …

SMSC Alum Deanna Moore Finds Rich Experience at SMSC

Posted: March 4, 2016 at 12:43 pm

Deanna Moore is an SMSC alum featured in an article on Mason’s New Century College website.

Click here for the story.


SMSC Becomes an AZA Learning Partner

Posted: March 1, 2016 at 10:42 am, Last Updated: October 5, 2016 at 11:08 am

The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation is excited to announce their new status as a Learning Partner in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Professional Development Certificate Program. These certificates are offered in a range of different specialty areas or “concentrations” including Behavioral Husbandry, Education & Interpretation and Management & Operations. Certificate concentrations involve more than 100 hours of training, and are completed by choosing from a range of elective courses of different types, from core in-person courses offered by AZA, to webinars, workshops and courses run by Learning Partners.