What Makes Our Camp Unique?

FONZ Nature Camp is held in Front Royal, Virginia at The Smithsonian Conservation Biology  Institute (SCBI). Situated on over 3,200 acres within the Shenandoah Valley, this federal institution is internationally renowned for its veterinary and
reproductive research and its
contribution to captive and wildlife management and the preservation of ecological diversity. Typically closed to the public, it serves as a home for native and exotic, threatened and endangered species. Click here for more information about SCBI

Our Staff
All of our residential outdoor educators have a background in the biological sciences and experience in outdoor or informal education. Additionally, all camp staff is certified in CPR and First Aid.

Our Facilities
Our campers and camp staff stay in the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (SMSC) dormitory located at SCBI. Each room accommodates up to 3 campers and is equipped with a private bath, and thermostat. Camp meals are prepared and served in the SMSC Dining Hall.

Dormitory and dining hall at the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation

Dormitory & Dining Hall

Sample view of the new dormitory

Sample dorm room

Dining hall

Dining Hall





FONZ Nature Camp welcomes campers, families, and staff of all cultures, religions, sexual orientation, gender identification, family constructs, and abilities. We do not tolerate aggression, violence, or bullying against one another. We foster a fun and educational environment by being all-inclusive, reinforcing positive behaviors, and promoting physical and emotional safety.