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Training the Next Generation

Our mission is to provide proactive, innovative approaches to conservation biology education and training.

Threats to the biodiversity of our environment are ever-evolving. To counter these threats and protect our endangered species, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and George Mason University established the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (SMSC).

What We Do

We offer a range of hands-on, interdisciplinary programs in conservation for undergraduates, graduate students, professionals, and high school students.

Smithsonian scientists, Mason faculty, and experts from conservation organizations around the world provide direct connections to the most current teaching, and research work in the field.

Students thrive in a collaborative atmosphere of creative, analytical thinking. Our alumni become part of a lifelong global community that supports visionary thinking and informed practice of conservation biology across a variety of careers and fields.

The Smithsonian-Mason Partnership

Our offerings capitalize on the significant strengths of both institutions.

Mason is known for its leadership in educational innovation, and brings respected faculty in the fields of environmental science and policy, climate change, public and international affairs, and conflict resolution.

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute have spent more than 30 years training wildlife and conservation leaders from all over the world. SCBI hosts many of the top research scientists in the field of conservation biology, a highly respected research agenda, and extensive experience with applied conservation science.

Why study with SMSC?

See what makes us the top choice for conservation biology education and training.

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