SMSC Living and Learning Community

Aerial Campus View

Aerial Campus View

Need to get away from it all? Consider holding your meeting, seminar, staff retreat, training or professional conference at the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation. Located at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in the beautiful foothills of the Shenandoah Mountains in Front Royal, Virginia, the center is just sixty miles southwest of Washington, D.C.

The newly constructed buildings at SMSC feature state of the art classroom and lab facilities, an intimate residential center, and a flexible-use dining and event venue. The Academic Center provides seven classrooms with distance, computer and laboratory capabilities. The adjacent Residential Facility has 60 rooms with 120 guest spaces, along with conference, reception, multi-purpose and study areas. The Dining Commons can host meals for up to 135 guests, and offers a patio with pergola for outdoor dining and receptions with a view. There are many individual spaces that can be reserved at the site. Consult our Room Specifications page for a list of facilities and rental fees, and our Conference Rates page for event pricing.

Our event management team can assist you with all aspects of your event, from planning to execution. In your free time, learn more about the important animal and conservation research conducted at this world-renowned facility. The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute offers affordable tours of the grounds and animal habitats. In addition, our unique location offers you access to a variety of recreational activities. Front Royal, Virginia, known as the “Canoe Capital” of the world, is the gateway to the Skyline Drive, the Appalachian Trail, and many other outdoor activities. Civil War history abounds.

For event inquiries and booking, please fill out this form. We look forward to welcoming your group.



The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation is housed on the grounds of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, VA. Because SCBI is a research facility not open to the general public, groups who would like to host events at the School need prior approval.