Abigail Loughlin, a Global Affairs major at George Mason, attended the Conservation, Biodiversity, and Society program at SMSC in Spring 2018 to fulfill her concentration in the Environment. The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation offers several semester-long intensive programs for undergraduate students interested in conservation biology, wildlife ecology, environmental science and policy, and much more. While attending class at the Smithsonian’s Front Royal campus, students are able to choose from three programs: Conservation, Biodiversity, and Society, Endangered Species Conservation, and Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. These programs offer the opportunity to work with conservation specialists from the Smithsonian, network and learn from various professionals in the field, and hold a practicum position with one of the many branches of the Smithsonian.
While studying at SMSC, Abigail was able to work hands on in the Shenandoah with her professors, hold a practicum position focused on science communication at Virginia Working Landscapes, and create connections with professionals in the field of conservation. This experience helped her gain a greater understanding of the natural world and the efforts to conserve it, knowledge which she will continue share and use while working in the field of environmental education and pursuing a degree in environmental law.
January 28, 2019