Pre-Conference Field Trip - North Cascades National Park
Friday, September 21, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Not included with registration. $35 per person (includes lunch).
Meet staff biologists from North Cascades National Park in situ where many America’s Keystone Wildlife species find their native habitat. Learn about the park’s challenges and opportunities related to the sustainability and recovery of populations of fishers, wolverines, grizzly bears, Canada lynx, and mountain goats. Twelve species of bats and abundant bird diversity also dwell in the park, along with a variety of native amphibian and reptile species. Included among the materials field trip recipients will receive are species lists and a park map, and summaries of North Cascades National Park work to restore AKW animals that were abundant before Westward Expansion, such as the fisher. Learn how park interpreters can work with zoos and aquariums to develop and share educational stories that inspire visitors to become wildlife stewards. After the field trip, please join us for the related Zoo-Park Partnerships for America’s Keystone Wildlife Workshop on Sunday, September 23, from 3:00-5:00 pm. Accommodations in the park are available at a discounted rate for field trip participants. Carpools from Seattle will be organized. Please contact Julie Anton Randall, Zoo-Park Partnerships for America’s Keystone Wildlife Project Leader or 703-864-7770 for more information and to register.
Saturday, September 22, 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
Not included with registration. $75 per person.
Icebreaker at the Seattle Aquarium
Monday, September 24, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
One ticket is included in a full registration. Daily registration DOES NOT include a ticket. Additional tickets are available for $40 each. $10 discount for children ages 3-11. No ticket needed for children under 3.
Join us for the 2018 AZA Annual Conference Icebreaker at the Seattle Aquarium, the region’s premier destination for hands-on marine experiences and conservation education. Located on Pier 59 in the heart of Seattle’s central waterfront, the Aquarium offers captivating and compelling ways to discover more about Puget Sound and our one world ocean.
Take part in an evening of fun and learning more about our mission: Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment. Explore the Aquarium’s exhibits, high-five a scuba diver in the 120,000-gallon Window on Washington Waters, let a sea urchin hug your finger, and be charmed by the antics of river and sea otters. Sample Northwest specialties at food and beverage stations, and enjoy live music while watching the ferries from your prime viewing location at Waterfront Park, which will be reserved exclusively for AZA conference attendees during our event. Ideally situated above the waters of Elliott Bay and just downhill from Pike Place Market and Seattle’s bustling downtown, the Seattle Aquarium is within walking distance of the Sheraton hotel. Additionally, shuttle buses will begin departing from the Sheraton Hotel starting at 5:30 pm. The last shuttle bus will leave the Seattle Aquarium at 9:15 pm.
Looking for something to do before the Icebreaker event starts? Visit Pike Place Market, take a ride on the Seattle Great Wheel or fly through the Northwest at the Wings over Washington on Pier 57!
A very special thank you to the Seattle Aquarium’s community partner, Forterra, and their Evergreen Carbon Capture program, helping to balance our carbon impact associated with the Icebreaker event through the planting of native trees at various locations throughout the Puget Sound region.
Thursday, September 27, 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
One ticket is included in a full registration. Daily registration DOES NOT include a ticket. Additional tickets are available for $50 each. $10 discount for children ages 3-11. No ticket needed for children under 3.
On Zoo Day, join us for lunch, presented by Lancer Hospitality, on the picturesque North Meadow. Then head out to explore all that Woodland Park Zoo has to offer. Don’t miss the award-winning Humboldt penguin exhibit, Northern Trail, Tropical Rain Forest and Banyan Wilds showcasing Malayan tigers and sloth bears. Throughout the zoo, staff and volunteers will be excited to talk with you about the exhibits, animals and programs. The zoo will close to the public at 3:00 p.m. and you are invited to then gather near Zoomazium, the Rain Forest Food Pavilion, and Molbak’s Butterfly Garden for a happy hour celebration from 4:00 - 6:30 pm. Happy Hour will feature a backdrop of music provided by Emerald City Soul Club DJs, and tastings from some of Seattle’s best local breweries and wineries. A Northwest inspired dinner will be offered by Lancer Hospitality on the North Meadow from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. As darkness falls, gather around fire pits for s’mores or pop into the lounge tent for some late night snacks and dancing.
Buses will depart from the Sheraton Hotel beginning at 11:30 am and will shuttle guests back and forth throughout the event. The last bus will depart from the zoo at 10:00 pm.
Friday, September 28, 8:00 am - 8:45 pm
Not included with registration. $75 per person.
Tour includes transportation, lunch, and dinner.
The Post-Conference Tour is sold out, but both facilities are offering complimentary admission to all conference attendees before and after the Conference.