The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation’s mission is to develop leaders in biodiversity conservation through innovative education, training, and research.
SMSC envisions a world where a conservation-literate people integrate species and habitat conservation into global efforts and outcomes.
We promote a culture of inquiry, a drive to discover, and encourage the ongoing exploration of knowledge and best practices.
We are practice-oriented and approach conservation challenges with creativity, versatility, and adaptability.
We foster a transdisciplinary approach across fields of knowledge that leads to new understanding and solutions.
We recognize the contributions and collaboration of diverse cultures, academic disciplines, and organizations.
We model conservation leadership that is ethical, transparent, and forward-looking.
We are deeply committed to sustaining biodiversity and serving the conservation community.
We are dedicated to the responsible stewardship of resources in every aspect of our operations, including green facilities.