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Smithsonian scientists, Mason faculty, and conservationists from around the world teach education and training programs to inspire students to make lasting changes in sustaining a more biodiverse planet.


Residential “Semester Away” Programs

Spend 16 weeks living and working at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia.

Graduate & Professional

Short Courses & Training

Acquire training and knowledge on a specific conservation issue or technique through an immersive training program.

High School

Summer Programs for College Credit

Earn college credits through George Mason University while spending time at our facility practicing conservation alongside Smithsonian researchers and Mason faculty.

Incoming College Freshmen

Smithsonian-Mason Scholars

Start your college degree at Mason’s Fairfax campus, with courses preparing you for studying conservation biology, then gain automatic admission to one of our semester programs during your junior or senior year.