Social Events

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.

SOLD OUT! Pre-Conference Tour - Oregon Zoo

Saturday, September 22, 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
Not included with registration. $75 per person.

See animals from the Great Northwest and around the world in a special pre-conference tour of the Oregon Zoo. One of the oldest zoos west of the Mississippi, the Oregon Zoo is world-renowned for its Asian elephant program - and for its new Elephant Lands habitat, which earned top honors in exhibit design at last year’s AZA conference. You can also see critically endangered California condors and a brand-new conservation Education Center, where western pond turtles are head-started for wild release. Tour includes transportation, lunch, and post-tour sampling of local craft beers and snacks.
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.

Zoo Day at the Woodland Park Zoo

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.

Woodland Park Zoo is an urban oasis located at the heart of the Emerald City. With over 92 acres to explore, you’ll meet more than 1,200 animals. In addition to the zoo’s lush botanical collection of more than 92,000 plants and trees, you can also experience the sprawling Rose Garden located just outside the South Entrance. Woodland Park Zoo is helping to save animals and their habitats through more than 30 field projects in the Pacific Northwest and around the world. By saving wildlife and inspiring everyone to make conservation a priority in their lives, Woodland Park Zoo is building a sustainable future for all.
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, the opportunity to learn about The National Geographic Photo Ark exhibit, and tastings from some of Seattle’s best local breweries. 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 a.m. and will shuttle guests back and forth throughout the event. The last bus will depart from the zoo at 10:00 p.m.

SOLD OUT! Post-Conference Tour - Northwest Trek Wildlife Park and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Friday, September 28, 8:00 am - 8:45 pm
Not included with registration. $75 per person.

Coming to Seattle for AZA 2018? Why not stay in the Pacific Northwest a little longer. Join us for a full day of exploration and fun at two unique AZA-accredited zoos - and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. Start your day at Northwest Trek with a private tram tour through 435 acres of stunning meadows and forests, behind the scenes tours and lunch before boarding the bus to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. In the afternoon, explore the only combined zoo and aquarium in the Northwest and end your day with dinner in front of sea turtles and hammerhead sharks in the Pacific Seas Aquarium.

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.

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