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Empowering the conservation leaders of today and tomorrow

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

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Reflecting on a Semester of Conservation

February 11, 2022 - Nadia Gray: Growing up, I was always one of those kids who loved animals and playing in the…

Smithsonian-Mason team keeps watch, so elephants can doze off

January 3, 2022 - Because elephants only sleep three to four hours a night, and frequently wake during that time, their…

UMW Students Wild for Smithsonian Endangered Species Program

June 4, 2021 - Liliana Ramirez and Madelyn “Maddie” Lichter know that residence hall life can be a bit like living in…

SMSC analyzes genomes to support conservation

April 20, 2021 - Black-footed ferrets were once thought to be extinct, until a small population was discovered in Wyoming in 1981.…

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…

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