Virginia Working Landscapes (VWL) is a program of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute (NZCBI) that promotes the conservation of native biodiversity and sustainable land-use through research, education and community engagement. We partner with a network of NGOs, agencies, regional landowners and citizen scientists. Our goals are to:

  • Create a community network to promote dissemination of information from neighbor to neighbor.
  • Network landowners with state and federal agencies that can provide them with specific technical and financial assistance.
  • Establish and highlight demonstration sites on working farms that showcase best practices for different land uses, agricultural production, and biodiversity management.
  • Advance the science of land management and develop best practices relevant both to working farmers and conservationists.


VWL is supported 100% by grants and donations and our work is made possible by the generous contributions from our community.

The Smithsonian Institution is a 501(c)(3). All contributions are tax-deductible.


Virginia Working Landscapes
Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute
1500 Remount Road, MRC 5537
Front Royal, Virginia 22630