From Concept through Completion!
(offered in the fall of odd years)
Creating Successful Exhibits provides an integrated overview of a team-based exhibit development process. The course follows the phases of an exhibit project from formation of the team, through concept planning, design and construction, to operation, in chronological order of the tasks. Full attention is given to techniques that improve an exhibit's impact on visitors. This program is a classroom-based workshop and does not include hands-on training in fabrication.
Tuition & Expenses
Early Bird Rates:
$850 for AZA Individual Members
$950 for Non-members
$950 for AZA Individual Members
$1050 for Non-members
The AZA registration fee above covers only tuition for the course. Other expenses include hotel, travel, and meals. For more information about costs and logistics for courses hosted by Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, WV, visit our Wheeling Courses Travel Information page.
Scholarship funding is available through a competitive process.
$20 for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) - this option is available to anyone
$1,000 for graduate credit as a student in George Mason University's Zoo & Aquarium Leadership program
$1,480.75 for graduate credit as an in-state (Virginia) student not enrolled in George Mason University
$3,427.00 for graduate credit as an out-of-state student not enrolled in George Mason University
This course is designed for zoo/aquarium staff involved in exhibit development, animal care, conservation education, design and graphics, research, facilities, marketing and operations.
None. Priority will be given to AZA members. International applicants and those not affiliated with an AZA accredited institution will be considered on a case-by-case basis; please submit a letter describing your intended benefit from taking this course.
Checks sent for course payment will be cashed immediately upon receipt as per standard business practices. Cashing your check does not indicate that you have been accepted into a course. You will receive an acceptance email or waitlist email once acceptance decisions are made.
Travel & Accommodations
Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) is the closest airport. Airport Limousine Plus and First Class Limo provide a shuttle service between PIT and the hotel.
Course participants stay at Oglebay Resort & Conference Center in Wheeling, West Virginia and classes meet on-site.
Please wait until you are admitted into the course before making your reservations. You will receive an email containing detailed information regarding your accommodations and transportation once you are admitted.
Course Topics & Instructors
Function of Exhibits
Concept Development Phase
Understanding the Institutional Review Process
Design Development Phase
Refining the Program
Utilizing External Consultants
Tools of Design
Developing Budgets and Timelines
Interpretive Techniques and Technology
Fabrication, Horticulture, Green Design
Post Opening & Review Phase
Course participants will work in small groups on a week-long project that incorporates all of these topics. At the end of the week, each group will make a formal presentation to the class.
David McGuire, AIA, Vice President Architecture and Planning - Saint Louis Zoo
Doug Piekarz, VP of Planning and Conservation Programs - Akron Zoological Park
Emily Routman, Prinicipal - Informal Science Planning
Jenny Sayre Ramberg - National Aquarium in Baltimore
Alan Varsik, Assistant Director - Oklahoma City Zoo
For additional details please contact the AZA Professional Development Department or call (301) 562-0777 x243