Below is registration information from 2019. Rates and categories for 2020 will be available soon, when registration officially opens.
There will be a virtual component to the Conference. More information will be shared at a later date.
|AZA Individual Member||An individual’s registration fee is determined by membership status at the time of registration. Employees at an AZA-accredited zoo or aquarium or related facility must be an individual member of AZA in order to receive the member rate.
If you are interested in becoming an Individual Member of AZA, please contact AZA Membership Services.
|Non-Member||Non-member registration is only open to individuals employed by a zoo, aquarium, non-profit organization, or government agency. Non-member registration is not open to individuals employed by a non-member commercial entity (a company that provides products or services to zoos and aquariums, including consultants). Consultants or individuals representing a commercial entity that is not a current Commercial Member, Conservation Partner, or Exhibitor, are NOT eligible to attend the conference.|
|Guest/Spouse||Spouses or guests of individual member registered attendees who are not members of AZA may attend the full conference at the member rate, but MUST NOT be employed by a zoo or aquarium, or work within the industry in any capacity.|
|Commercial Member||Commercial Members are eligible to register up to 8 representatives from their company, at the member rate. All Commercial Members must be in good standing and dues paid through 2020 in order to attend the conference.
If you are interested in becoming an AZA Commercial Member, Exhibitor, or Sponsor, please contact Gina Velosky.
Solicitation of Attendees and Exhibitors by non-exhibitors is prohibited and individuals will be subject to expulsion.
|Conservation Partner||Conservation Partners are eligible to register up to 3 representatives from their organization, at the member rate. Additional representatives beyond 3 should register at the Non-Member rate. All Conservation Partners must be in good standing and dues paid through 2020 in order to register at the member rate.
If you are interested in becoming a Conservation Partner, please contact AZA Membership Services.
|Society Partner||Employees of organizations that are Society Partners must be individual members in order to receive the member rate.|
|Student Member||Only open to AZA Student Members who are not currently employed full-time. A Non-Member Student discount is not available.
For more information about the Student membership category, contact AZA Membership Services.
NOTE: No one under the age of 18 is permitted to register and attend the conference sessions, meetings, or social events, unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian throughout the entire conference. That parent or guardian must be a registered attendee and over the age of 18.
|Federal Government Employee||Full-time employees of federal government agencies (USDA, NOAA, USFWS, etc.) are eligible for a 50% discount off published registration rates. Discount is not available to employees of government-run zoos and aquariums. Please contact AZA to receive a discount code to use when registering. Discount does not apply to event tickets, tours, or carbon offsetting.|
Full Registrations include a ticket to the Icebreaker, Honors and Awards Lunch, and Zoo Day.
|Individual Member, Commercial Member, or Conservation Partner||$550||$675|
|Guest/Spouse of Registered Individual Member||$550||$675|
Daily Registrations DO NOT include tickets to Icebreaker, Honors & Awards Lunch, or Zoo Day.
|Individual Member, Commercial Member, or Conservation Partner|
Code of Conduct
AZA is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all meeting participants and AZA staff. Each and every participant, including attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, Association staff, and service providers, is expected to understand and follow policies in all in-person and virtual spaces. These expectations apply to all AZA meeting-related events, including those held in conjunction with AZA conferences.
Personal Safety and Security
AZA works with venue staff and online moderators to provide a safe environment for all meeting participants. We ask that all attendees report any questionable activity to any AZA or venue security staff for immediate action. No concern is too small – if you see something, say something.
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
- Regardless of where you are, use the buddy system when walking to and from the conference location, networking events, and other locations – especially during early or late hours.
- Don’t wear your meeting badge on the street. Take it off as soon as you leave the venue.
- Don’t carry a lot of cash or credit cards.
- Don’t leave personal property unattended anywhere, anytime.
At many AZA networking events, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are served. AZA expects participants at our events to drink responsibly. AZA and conference host event staff have the right to deny service to participants, and may require a participant to leave the event.
- Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form.
- Any abuse, including physical, verbal or non-verbal abuse, of any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, AZA staff member, service provider, or any other meeting guest.
- Disruption of presentations at any sessions, in the exhibit hall, or at any events organized by AZA at the meeting venue, hotels, or other AZA-contracted facilities and online platforms.
- Photographing slides of oral presentations and posters without permission from presenter and with intent to distribute.
- Recording of presentations and other sessions without permission from presenter and intent to distribute.
- Violating the rules and regulations of the conference venue.
- Examples of unacceptable behavior include comments related to gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation; inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in publicspaces or in presentations; or threatening or stalking any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, AZA staff member, service provider, or other meeting guest.
Sexual harassment is unacceptable conduct of a sexual nature which makes a person feel uncomfortable, offended, humiliated and/or intimidated. Examples of conduct or behavior which constitute sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:
- Physical conduct
- Physical violence, including sexual assault
- Unwelcome physical contact or inappropriate touching
- The use of threats or rewards to solicit sexual favors
- Comments or insults based on appearance, age, private life, etc.
- Sexual comments, stories or jokes
- Sexual advances
- Repeated and unwanted social invitations for dates or physical intimacy
- Condescending or sexist remarks
- Sending sexually explicit messages (by phone or electronically)
- Display of sexually explicit or suggestive material or images
- Sexually-suggestive gestures
- Whistling or “cat calling”
If you or anyone else is in immediate danger at any time, please contact local law enforcement (by calling 911) and immediately notify facility security.
If you or anyone else is the subject of unacceptable conduct either in person or online, please contact any of the AZA staff below.
AZA has zero tolerance for any form of discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment. If you experience or observe harassment or hear of any incidents of unacceptable behavior, AZA asks that you please inform any of the following so that we can take action:
Candice Dorsey - (301) 244-3339
Melissa Howerton - (301) 244-3337
Jack Keeney - (301) 244-3361
Craig Hoover - (301) 244-3345
All reports will be treated seriously and promptly. Incidents will be handled with respect for the privacy of the victim, and will be confidential to the extent practical, given the circumstances. Reports may also be made anonymously.
The AZA staff receiving the report will respect any and all requests of the victim to remain anonymous. Unacceptable conduct may be part of a larger pattern of repeated harassment. Please alert AZA to all such conduct regardless of the offender’s identity or job title, even if you prefer your report to remain anonymous.
Upon receiving a complaint, the matter may be further investigated by additional AZA Staff. Actions to be taken will be discussed beforehand with the victim of the harassing behavior, where possible.
If the complaint is of a criminal nature, legal authorities will be notified.
If the offense is not of a criminal nature, the AZA staff receiving the report will gather information from the victim and discuss next steps..
If a person has been found to have harassed another person, any of the following may take place:
- Issue a verbal or written warning
- Suspend attendance at AZA-sponsored events
- Prohibit attendance at any future meeting
AZA has zero tolerance for retaliation either on-site or at a member facility against individuals for reporting unacceptable conduct at AZA-related events.
All payments must be made in U.S. funds, drawn on by a U.S. bank, and payable to AZA. Credit card payments will be processed in U.S. funds, in accordance with effective exchange rates. Statement to show charge by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Commercial Membership is required for any individual representing a commercial entity (a company that provides products and services, including consultants). Non-member registration is only open to individuals employed by a zoo, aquarium, non-profit organization, or government agency. Non-member registration is not open to individuals employed by a non-member commercial entity. Consultants or individuals representing a commercial entity that is not a current Commercial Member, Conservation Partner, or Exhibitor, are NOT eligible to attend the conference.
Attendees representing a zoo, aquarium, non-profit organization, or government agency are NOT required to be individual members of AZA or work for an AZA-accredited institution in order to register for the Conference.
The discounted AZA rate is only available for registered attendees and registered exhibitors. Once you have registered or purchased exhibit space, you will find your unique reservation link in your confirmation email. The hotel will not be accepting call-in reservations. If this policy causes an issue, please contact the AZA Meetings Department.
Solicitation of attendees and exhibitors by non-exhibitors is prohibited and individuals will be subject to expulsion.
No one under the age of 18 is permitted to register and attend the conference sessions, meetings, or social events, unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian throughout the entire conference. That parent or guardian must be a registered attendee and over the age of 18. Children under the age of 18 must be registered and accompanied by a registered parent/guardian over the age of 18 at all times.
Children under the age of 18 are not allowed in the Exhibit Hall during exhibitor move in or move out. Children are not permitted to partake in Exhibit Hall food events. Complimentary child registration badges can be requested at the onsite registration desk.
Photographers will be taking pictures at the conference, which may be used for promotional and educational purposes. Registration or participation in the meeting and other activities constitutes an agreement to allow AZA to use and distribute attendees image or voice in photographs and recordings of the meeting - now and in the future.