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Chapter Activities

The DC Chapter serves as an invaluable networking venue, bringing practitioners from the huge range of conservation organizations, governmental entities, and academic institutions found in the greater DC area together for discussion groups, regularly scheduled meetings, speaker events, and that honored and time-tested DC networking tradition: the DC Happy Hour.

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Past Events


  • February: Chapter elections
  • April: Entrepreneurial Conversations - peer-to-peer mentoring session with SCB members from US Forest Service
  • June: Happy Hour with new SCB Executive Director and staff.
  • July: Member Survey
  • September: River Conservation Motorboat Tour and Happy Hour


  • January: Smith Fellows happy hour (1st board happy hour of the quarter)
  • February: Marine chapter happy hour (2nd board happy hour of the quarter)
  • February: Board meet-and-greet with SCB staff (part of board planning period)
  • April: SCBinDC members meet-and-greet with SCB staff. Marketing drive for global members whereby SCB(inDC) to encourages renewal of online profile and membership by demonstrating: purpose and benefits of membership; job board; listservs; workgroups; journals; culture -- ask why people are in conservation (Capstone PF event)
  • May: Support NatGeo Bioblitz
  • June: Fedjobs Results presentation (Capstone PF event)
  • September: Speed networking/mentoring event (Capstone PF event)


  • February: Climate Change Policy and Adaptation – lecture and discussion with Doug Parsons, SCB’s North American Policy Director.
  • March: Filmmakers for Conservation – a social event to meet filmmakers whose work was featured in the Environmental Film Festival.
  • Dececmber: DC master naturalist discussion with Dwane Jones (UDC)
  • December: Smithsonian Natural History Museum behind-the-scenes tour


  • January: Smith Fellows Social on the Hill - Lounge 201
  • March: Project Passenger Pigeon - A conservation conversation at Koshland Science Museum
  • April: Why Biodiversity Matters to the U.S. Government - A panel discussion on how different federal agencies address biodiversity conservation
  • September: Paddle Night on the Anacostia River - discovering the Anacostia River by canoe and kayak with the Anacostia Watershed Society. Trip started at the Ballpark Boathouse near Nationals Stadium.
  • October: Exploring Careers in Conservation – leaders in the conservation field shared stories about their career paths in non-profits and government agencies, followed by Q&A and small group discussions.


  • December: SCB Open House - A mixer at SCB headquarters