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PLEASE NOTE: This information is currently out of date. The Smithsonian House is no longer available.


The Smithsonian House

The BDG Program rents a house in Georgetown that serves as the residence for the interim manager and resident botanist. It also serves as a way station for Smithsonian visiting scientists, collaborators, and BG staff when they are in Georgetown. A modest contribution of $10 (US) per night is collected from all visitors.

Smithsonian House Rules and Information - Please read these rules and other important information prior to your stay and take a printed copy along for reference.

Botanist H. David Clarke rests in Paruima with Claudius Perry before hitting the

The Centre for the Study of Biological Diversity and the BDG assist visiting SI scientists and collaborators with collecting permits and some travel arrangements.

MOU Between Smithsonian Institution and the University of Guyana. PDF format. (You will need the free Acrobat Reader).

Guidelines for Biodiveristy Research in Guyana are posted on the Guyana EPA website [note: unavailable fall 2010 due to Guyana EPA's website being under construction]. The site lists information required for obtaining a permit, research fee information, reporting requirements, and specimen return policies. This information should be submitted to the Guyana EPA at least two months before the planned beginning of field work. If needed, the BDG can provide researchers with standard word processing forms to address the information needs listed by the Guyana EPA.

Centers for Disease Control, Tropical South America Information. You should see a travel doctor about immunizations and malaria preventatives several weeks before traveling to Guyana.

For further information on Smithsonian-related research in Guyana please contact:

Carol Kelloff
Department of Botany, MRC 166
National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012 U.S.A.

Phone: (202) 633-0952
Fax: (202) 786-2563

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