Smithsonian’s Autumn Conservation Festival

29 Sep

Smithsonian Autumn Conservation FestivalHead to the National Zoo’s Autumn Conservation Festival October 3-4 from 10am-3pm and enjoy an unforgettable day in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  This is the ONE AND ONLY time every year that CRC is open to the public.  And this year, it’s your ticket to getting a peek at the clouded leopard cubs born at CRC this spring!

Visitors get behind-the-scenes looks at some of the CRC’s endangered animals, the bird house, and the veterinary hospital.  One of the Zoo’s endangered brown kiwi’s will also be available for meet and greets.  In addition, there will be live music, draft horse wagon rides and cavalry maneuvers.  Lunch, beverages and zoo-themed merchandise will be available for purchase.

Admission is free for CRC members.  For non-CRC members, a car pass is required and may be purchased for $5.  Car passes are also available at the Front Royal/Warren County Visitor’s Center (414 East Main Street, Front Royal, VA) and at the gate each day of the event.

Please note: The Conservation and Research Center is set in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The Autumn Conservation Festival activities are scattered throughout the campus.  Dress appropriately for outdoor activities and wear comfortable walking shoes.  This event will be held rain or shine.


From the East (Washington DC Area)

  • Take I-66 to the Linden/Route 55 exit (Exit 13)
  • Turn left at the bottom of the exit ramp
  • Turn right at the first stop light onto VA-55 West and go about five miles
  • Turn left at the first traffic light onto US-522 South/Remount Road
  • The main gate to the CRC will be on your left in about two miles
  • Turn left into the CRC

From the West (Winchester/Strasburg)

  • Take I-81 to I-66
  • Take the Front Royal/US-522 exit (Exit 6)
  • Turn right at the end of the ramp and follow US-522 South/Remount Road through Front Royal and for about two miles south of town
  • Turn left into the CRC

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