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Through education and community engagement we bring conservation science to action.

SCBI and VWL prioritize education and training at all levels; we share scientific research that informs conservation practices on local and global scales. In collaboration with the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (SMSC), we regularly host a variety of expert-led workshops and training courses that are open to the public at our Front Royal campus.

VWL is also a program that thrives as a collaborative network that extends across an enthusiastic community of citizen scientist volunteers, landowners, partnering NGOs, agencies, and natural resource professionals. We engage this network in our scientific research by working with citizen scientists and landowners to collect data on biodiversity, and together, we advance and promote conservation practices across our region.

If you are interested in participating in our biodiversity surveys as either a landowner or citizen scientist, you will find more information in the following links:

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If you are interested in staying informed about upcoming events and VWL research, join our mailing list at the link below:

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Virginia Working Landscapes
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
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Front Royal, Virginia 22630
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