Field Trip to Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, VA

  • Tuesday, March 24, 2015
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal
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What: Field Trip to the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Where: 1500 Remount Road, Front Royal, VA

When: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 (register by February 23)

Time of Tour: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Car Pooling Meeting Time: 8:30 a.m. (at Food Lion, Inwood)

Fee: $10.00

PVAS Host: Debbie Maiorano

Join us on Tuesday March 24 for a special tour of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) near Front Royal, VA.

This will be a fantastic opportunity to see this world-renown zoological research facility in an up close and personal way.

The tour will be held starting at 10:00 a.m. It will be guided by trained docents and last approximately 2 hours. Because of this tour's length, the Center does not recommend bringing children below the age of 12.

If interested in car pooling, participants should meet Debbie at the Food Lion parking lot in Inwood (4803 Gerrardstown Rd, Inwood WV 25428) at 8:30 a.m. The group will meet in the back row of the parking lot, closest to the road and will leave promptly at 8:45 a.m.. 

Participants will be transported around the Center's expansive campus in passenger vans, however please wear sturdy footwear and dress appropriately for prevailing weather conditions. 

This field trip is open to the public and participants 13 years of age and older are welcome to join, but space is limited.  Participation will be capped at 26 people and registration is required. 

*Registration will close on February 23 in accordance with SCBI's policy of 30 days notice for number of participants. Please register prior to February 23, 2015.

The Center encompasses 3,200 acres in the Blue Ridge foothills, and houses between 30 and 40 endangered species at any given time.

Its scientists are in the forefront of efforts to preserve threatened and endangered animal species, protect habitats, and restore species to the wild.

The tour group will have the opportunity to see several of these animals. Participants will also learn about endangered-species research being conducted at the Center, at the National Zoo, and around the world.

To learn more about the Center, visit its website at

Please contact Krista Hawley at or 703-303-1026 with registration questions. If you have questions about car pooling or logistics of the trip, please contact Debbie Maiorano at 540-535-5145.

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