Local Institutions

Be sure to plan your travel to visit some of the many AZA-accredited institutions close to Seattle!

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma WA
Approximately 1 hour from Seattle

Experience the Pacific Northwest's only combined zoo and aquarium. Experience unforgettable up-close encounters with polar bears, walruses, sharks, tigers and more. See an award-winning live animal show and close encounters with animals and keepers.

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is hosting a Post-Conference Tour on Friday, September 28, combined with Northwest Trek Wildlife Park.  Tickets can be purchased with your registration for $75.


Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, Eatonville, WA
Approximately 1.5 hours from Seattle


In the 42 years since the park opened it has developed into an internationally recognized wildlife organization and resource for valuable conservation education. The Northwest Trek educational experience is strengthened by exhibits and programs added through the help of park supporters. All of the exhibits, combined with the native flora and fauna, create a rare interactive atmosphere for learning and appreciating native northwest wildlife. Over the years the staff has succeeded in making Northwest Trek a place of education, enjoyment and beauty for everyone.

Northwest Trek is hosting a Post-Conference Tour on Friday, September 28, combined with Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.  Tickets can be purchased with your registration for $75.
Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Approximately 2.5 hours from Seattle - Please be aware that a passport is required to travel into Canada


A sanctuary in the heart of Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium, an Ocean Wise ® initiative, is home to thousands of incredible ocean species and amazing aquatic life. It’s also Ocean Wise headquarters, where our scientists, educators and conservation experts do their work, not only to protect our oceans but to inspire others to join us in our mission. Since opening in 1956, the Vancouver Aquarium has connected more than 40 million people from around the world to our oceans and all the wonders within them.
Oregon Zoo, Portland, OR
Approximately 3 hours from Seattle


With hundreds of species, thousands of animals and millions of visitors, the Oregon Zoo has inspired guests for more than 125 years to take action on behalf of wildlife. Committed to conservation, the zoo is currently working to save endangered California condors, Oregon silverspot and Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies, western pond turtles and Oregon spotted frogs. It has long-established collaborations with researchers and conservation managers to assure the survival of Asian elephants, polar bears and African mammals like giraffes. The zoo is located in Washington Park, just five miles from downtown Portland.

The Oregon Zoo is hosting a Pre-Conference Tour on Saturday, September 22.  Tickets can be purchased with your registration for $75.

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