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Hands-on conservation biology training for undergraduates, graduates, professionals, and high school students

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SMSC shows innovation is key

June 24, 2020 - Outside their dorms, students at the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (SMSC) have visual access to rare and endangered…

SMSC alumn Maya Prestipino helps preserve American ginseng with help of Smithsonian

January 14, 2020 - American ginseng has been nicknamed “green gold” for good reason. The root that grows wild across the Appalachian…

SMSC Alum Presents Research at the 2019 American Society of Mammalogists Meeting

August 23, 2019 - Congratulations to Fall 2018 alum Jamie Jenkins (née Fetherolf), who shared her fantastic research at the 99th annual…

SMSC alumn Katie Russell practices what she preaches

April 19, 2019 - Katie Russell had an internship with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. Photo provided.…

SMSC Student Tracks Wildlife in Washington, DC

January 11, 2019 - Ever wondered what creatures might be roaming in your city when you’re not looking? Across five continents, more…

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