Friday, 8:30–4:00, Apr. 13
Facilitator: Robert Barrett
Coordinators: Toni Acton, Florence Adler
Tour limit: 26
The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (SMSC) is partnering with the Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) to offer OLLI members a guided van tour and briefing that includes wildlife viewing areas .at its 3,200-acre site in Front Royal, VA. The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and George Mason University have partnered through SMSC to help address the ever-evolving threats to biodiversity by developing proactive and innovative approaches to conservation biology learning. For more information on SMSC or FONZ, visit https://smconservation.gmu.edu/ and https://nationalzoo.si.edu/. The visit will begin with a guided van tour and animal viewing, followed by lunch on your own in the all-you-can-eat SMSC cafeteria (flat rate of $11.25), capped off with a lecture about SMSC research and a 30-minute walking tour of the campus to see the facilities and labs where the exciting research is conducted. Please wear comfortable shoes. Important note: The van tour lasts approximately two hours and participants cannot leave the van for a restroom break. Also keep in mind that this is a closed research facility so there are no guarantees of the level of wildlife activity you will experience. In addition, SCBI is a closed public facility, and some areas and facilities may not be accessible to all, due to architectural barriers inherent in the historic construction of the original buildings and infrastructure. The guided van tour of SCBI is free; however, the fee of $51, covering bus transportation to Front Royal and bus driver gratuity, is payable to OLLI at time of registration. The bus will leave promptly at 8:45 from Fair Oaks Mall parking lot 57, which is outside the circular road in front of Mantech Corp. Please be on the bus no later than 8:30. Estimated time of return is 4:00. Registration for this event is on a first-come, first-served basis.