Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation

  • June 7, 2024

    What's one thing that all of these George Mason University students are wearing when handling salamanders? Well-fitted, sterile, hypoallergenic, slightly moistened gloves. These students participated in the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation’s two-week course CONS 440/540 Field Skills in Ecology course.

  • August 9, 2023

    Summer goes by fast—whether you’re a kid, or a kid at heart. The K-12 students who attended camps and youth programs at Mason this year filled those fleeting summer days with memories. Here are some snapshots from their summer to remember. 

  • July 27, 2023

    All year long, photographers in George Mason University’s Office of University Branding capture the moments that make Mason All Together Different. We asked our photographers to share their favorite photos from the 2022-23 school year.

  • July 13, 2023

    The Marvel universe isn't the only place where insects and other invertebrates have superpowers. Mason faculty, staff, and students are studying and explaining the many roles these creatures play on our planet, learning more about a bug's life—and the big world surrounding them—every step of the way. This edition of Around Mason offers a recap of some of those stories.

  • May 8, 2023

    One of the highlights of biology major Gwendolyne Fields’ Mason career is her summer 2022 internship at the Cheetah Conservation Fund outside the town of Otjiwarongo in Namibia.

  • April 4, 2023

    Undergraduates in Mason’s Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation had the opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the National Museum of Natural History’s Museum Support Center in Suitland, Maryland.

  • February 6, 2023

    In late September, 18 undergraduates from the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation‘s (SMSC) Wildlife Ecology and Conservation program tagged monarch butterflies on their journey south to help researchers better understand their grand migration.

  • July 14, 2022

    In September 2009, Smithsonian-Mason Semester students took a during a behind-the-scenes tour of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

  • June 14, 2022

    Bees see the world in vibrant color…but that may be changing. Smithsonian-Mason team researches the impact with bee vision.

  • April 28, 2022

    Road salt has been touted as a lifesaver when it comes to combatting icy roads. Yet using this snow-melting mineral has a dark side once it enters waterways. Graduating senior Maggie Walker, through the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (SMSC), is gathering data at local streams to influence change.