Smithsonian-Mason Semesters for Conservation Studies

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Virginia near
the Shenandoah National Park.  The SCBI is an active research station where
conservation professionals are working on strategies to address pressing global
threats to biodiversity and the environment.  Students participating in our
programs spend a full semester living, taking classes, and working in this
exciting and beautiful environment.

We offer two distinct programs, Applied Conservation Strategies and Ecology
for Effective Conservation Practices.  Each one offers a set of five integrated
courses that include a practicum experience as well as classes focusing on
conservation theory and applications.  Applied Conservation Strategies
focuses on the root causes of conservation issues and how science informs
management and policy.  Ecology for Effective Conservation Practices
emphasizes the application of ecological theory to conservation and how to
successfully communicate about threats to species.

Like a “study abroad” program, students live in residence at the SCBI during
the semester and learn from prominent research scientists, wildlife biologists,
educators, and other leading conservation professionals.  Through
academically intense, hands-on curricula and networking opportunities,
students emerge from their Semester experience prepared for conservation
related internships, graduate study or professions.

Any students who might be interested in this exceptional
opportunity, please visit our
website: where they can apply online.  If
you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our program at