Here is a great opportunity to see some fascinating animal species, get a lesson in conservation, and enjoy autumn in the country all at once. On October 2 & 3, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), launched earlier this year in Front Royal to lead Smithsonian’s global effort to conserve species and train future generations of conservationists, is hosting the Autumn Conservation Festival.
This is the only time during the year that the Institute is open to the public, and it sounds like a can’t-miss event for anyone with a love for animals and an interested in conservation. Some of the world’s most famous scientists will be on hand to talk about their research and show curious guests how to use their tools and technology.
There will also be live music, draft horse wagon rides, and cavalry maneuvers. Lunch and beverages, as well as Zoo-themed merchandise, will be available for purchase.
And, perhaps the best at of all, will be the chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the endangered species that are housed at the SCBI.
Entrance to the event is $30 per car (up to 6 guests per car, additional passengers are $5), unless you are member of the Conservation Research Club, in which case admission is free. Car passes can be purchased through the FONZ website at the Front Royal/Warren County Visitor’s Center (414 East Main Street, Front Royal, Virginia) and at the gate each day of the event.
Directions to the event are available here.