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Mission

Shaping the future of conservation through innovative education and training.

Vision

The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation is the top choice of students and professionals seeking to explore the scientific, social, economic, and emotional values of biodiversity. Our alumni are empowered to make significant contributions to the development of a conservation-literate world, and to the integration of species conservation into national and international policies, programs, and action.

Values

Lifelong learning

We promote a culture of inquiry, a drive to discover, and encourage the ongoing exploration of knowledge and best practices.

Innovation

We are practice-oriented and approach conservation challenges with creativity, versatility, and adaptability.

Integration

We foster a transdisciplinary approach across fields of knowledge that leads to new understanding and solutions.

Diversity

We recognize the contributions and collaboration of diverse cultures, academic disciplines, and organizations.

Leadership

We model conservation leadership that is ethical, transparent, and forward-looking.

Passion

We are deeply committed to sustaining biodiversity and serving the conservation community.

Sustainability

We are dedicated to the responsible stewardship of resources in every aspect of our operations, including green facilities.