1008 Spring 2019 A Visit to the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation
Friday, 8:30–4:00, Apr. 12
Facilitator: Robert Barrett
Coordinator: Alice Slayton Clark
Bus Trip: $54
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. The visit will begin with a guided van tour and animal viewing, followed by lunch on your own in the SMSC cafeteria, capped off with a lecture about SMSC research and a walking tour of the campus to see the facilities and labs where the exciting research is conducted. Please wear comfortable shoes. Important note: There are no restroom facilities during the 2-hour tour and animal viewing, so plan accordingly. 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. The guided van tour of SCBI is free; however, the fee of $47, 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.