Below is registration information from 2019. Rates and categories for 2020 will be available in early June, 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|
Harassment and Safety
AZA is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all meeting participants and AZA staff. All participants, including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, Association staff and others are expected to follow these attendance policies. Theses expectations apply to all AZA meeting-related events, including those events held by conference hosts in conjunction with AZA conferences and events.
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.
Personal Safety and Security
AZA works hard to provide a safe and secure environment at its meetings and events by working with venue staff to make sure meeting participants are safe. We ask that all attendees report any questionable or concerning activity to any AZA staff so that they can take 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 event 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 building/venue.
- Don’t carry a lot of cash or credit cards.
- Don’t leave personal property unattended anywhere, anytime.
- If it is an emergency or if you need immediate assistance, you should ask any AZA staff member or the on-site security personnel to help you.
- Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form.
- Physical or verbal abuse of any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, AZA staff member, service provider, or other meeting guest.
- Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to, verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origin, inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations, or threatening or stalking any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, AZA staff member, service provider, or other meeting guest.
- Disruption of presentations at sessions, in the exhibit hall, or at other events organized by AZA at the meeting venue, hotels, or other AZA-contracted facilities.
Candice Dorsey - (301) 244-3339
Melissa Howerton - (301) 244-3337
Jack Keeney - (301) 244-3361
Craig Hoover - (301) 244-3345
AZA reserves the right to take any action deemed necessary and appropriate, including immediate removal from the meeting without warning or refund, in response to any incident of unacceptable behavior, and AZA reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future meeting.
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.