2019 AZADV Conference
Dates: September 25-28, 2019
Hosted by Greenville Zoo in Greenville, South Carolina
Coference & Tour Registration Opens: March 1, 2019
Conference Submissions Open: March 1, 2019
Planning for the 2019 Association of Zoos and Aquarium Docents Conference is underway and the Greenville Zoo is looking forward to welcoming you to Greenville, South Carolina September 25 – 28, 2019!
Pre-conference tours to neighboring facilities will begin as early as Tuesday, September 24th. Enjoy a day trip into the state’s capital with a pre-conference tour to Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens in Columbia, South Carolina. Visit the lush grounds of Clemson University Botanical Gardens, home of the 2018 National Champions. Look for conference and tour registrations to open on March 1, 2019.
The Greenville Zoo has been fully invested in the mission of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for over 30 years, and that includes the development of our educators, especially docents and volunteers. As a small zoo, The Greenville Zoo has a footprint of 14 acres in the heart of Greenville South Carolina. Rated one of the best tourist attractions in South Carolina, the Greenville Zoo is the most visited “family facility” in the Upstate. Located in Cleveland Park, you can also enjoy the children’s playground, picnic areas, walking paths and plenty of open green space.
If you are planning to fly to Greenville for this exciting conference, we are fortunate to have an airport on the Greenville and Spartanburg County line. The Grenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) is an easy 20-minute drive to the heart of downtown Greenville. The host hotel for this event will be the Hilton Greenville in the heart of downtown Greenville, South Carolina. Choose your reservation from one of three luxurious hotels on Greenville’s main street all within walking distance of each other and local amenities. Hotel blocks have been reserved at:
- Embassy Suites (Conference Meeting Location; 250 RiverPlace Greenville, SC 29601; 864.263.4800)
- Hampton Inn (171 RiverPlace; Greenville, SC 29601; 864.271.8700)
- Courtyard Greenville Downtown (50 W Broad St, Greenville, SC 29601; 864.451.5700).
Greenville is a thriving metropolitan city that offers an array of amenities rarely found in a community this size. Serving as your host will give us an opportunity to showcase all of the wonderful attributes that contribute to Greenville’s quality of life and we know that the warm hospitality and attention to detail you’ll find here will enhance your experience as conference participants and as visitors to Greenville.
Located halfway between Charlotte, North Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia, Greenville is known for its vibrant downtown, with wide sidewalks, outdoor plazas, and lush, tree-lined Main Street; a flourishing cultural scene and an emerging reputation as a foodie’s paradise. Greenville’s moderate climate offers a distinct change of seasons, allowing residents and visitors to take advantage of a host of outdoor activities and events year-round, and with the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains just a short drive away, there’s no shortage of pristine lakes, hiking trails and waterfalls to discover. Outdoor enthusiasts can also enjoy the more than 450 acres of parkland in Greenville, including Cleveland Park, the city’s largest recreation area and home of the Greenville Zoo, and the highly acclaimed Falls Park on the Reedy, featuring impressive natural waterfalls, gardens, nature trails and more…all of which can be viewed atop the award-winning Liberty Bridge.
For inquiries regarding the 2019 AZADV Conference at the Greenville Zoo please contact the Greenville Zoo Docent Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or (864) 467-4850.
2020 AZADV Conference
Dates: September 22-26, 2020
Hosted by Louisville Zoo in Louisville, Kentucky
Registration Opens: TBD
Opened in 1969, the Louisville Zoo currently exhibits more than 1,500 animals on 134 acres of natural settings representing zoo geographical areas, specific habitat types or special education areas including Glacier Run, Africa, Islands, New World Exhibits, Australian Outback, the HerpAquarium and the Metazoo Education Center. The Zoo’s award-winning exhibits, Islands, Gorilla Forest and Glacier Run, have been recognized by AZA for their excellence and innovation.
Louisville, Kentucky is a city located at the Falls of the Ohio River, the only non-navigable point between Pittsburg and New Orleans on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. The city came to exist at this point to handle portage around the falls. Today the metropolitan population is about 1.3 million people, including a large community immediately across the river in Southern Indiana. The Zoo is located about 15 minutes from downtown Louisville.
The conference hotel will be The Gault House located in downtown Louisville.
Possible Side Trips
- The Falls of the Ohio State Park and Interpretive Center
- Mammoth Cave National Park
- Lincoln National Memorial
- Keeneland – Race tack
- Kentucky Derby Museum
- Speed Art Museum, The Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium
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)