In 2017, our conference host is the Greensboro Science Center | Aquarium | Zoo (http://www.greensboroscience.org/). Greensboro’s theme is “Making Connections for Conservation”. The conservation initiative is “The Silvery Gibbon Project”. One of the optional conference trips will be to the North Carolina Zoo. The conference hotel is the Sheraton Four Seasons, which offers transportation to and from Piedmont Triad International Airport. Watch the Symbiosis newsletter for more info.
In 2018, our conference host is the Phoenix Zoo (http://phoenixzoo.org/). Tentative dates are April 10-15, 2018, when Phoenix enjoys temperatures in the sunny 70s and 80s. Phoenix Zoo existed in Papago Park since 1962. The zoo sits on 120 acres of desert with several oasis-like lagoons and a small mountain for sheep habitat. It is one of the largest private, non-profit Zoos in the U.S. Since their last AZADV conference in 2009, they’ve added major educational and event facilities at the Neely Center and upgraded the existing Stone House Pavilion for major banquets and meetings. In 2015 new Administrative offices and a Volunteer Center debuted. Their delightful lakeside offers special event accommodations and beautiful green vistas. The major habitats are the Africa, Tropics and Arizona Trails plus a children’s Petting Zoo and an equine program teaching horse care. In recent years they created Isle of the Tiger to house endangered Sumatran tigers and added nine American Alligators. Their new Giraffe decks offer guests a hands-on feeding experience.
National AZADV Conferences
National conferences are a fun way for docents to get together, experience other zoos and share information. Generally, a national conference involves visiting the hosting zoo, social events and educational paper presentations. Docents get to network, share ideas and learn about neighboring intuitions and have a great time. There are also side trips offered for docents to experience nearby zoos or attractions.
Regional AZADV Conferences
Regional conferences are a mini annual conference packed into a weekend. Hear an array of presentations, visit the host institution, and get to know more of your fellow AZADV members. A quick way to recharge your volunteer spirit! Regional conferences are usually weekend events beginning on Friday. Sometimes an optional pre-trip is planned during the day, followed by the required icebreaker in the evening. Saturday usually begins with paper presentations followed by visiting the host institution later that day. Paper presentations or workshops resume Sunday morning and conclude early afternoon.
A list of all past AZAD/AZADV Conferences(Updated April 2017)
Information on hosting an AZAD Conference can be found here. (Updated December 2009)
Information on hosting an AZAD Business Meeting can be found here. (Updated September 2006)