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AZA Awards 44 Nature Play Grants

Supported through a special gift from the Disney Conservation Fund, these competitive grants are presented to AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums to encourage family nature play and conservation education.

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AZA Launches TailsUp! App

TailsUp! is a game developed by AZA to help connect kids and families with nature. It's free to download; proceeds from in-app purchases support our conservation work. Available on the Apple Store and Google Play.

FrogWatch USA

FrogWatch USA Featured on SciGirls

Get inspired to become a FrogWatch USA citizen scientist! Watch four dynamic middle-school girls participate at the Saint Louis Zoo on "Frog Whisperers," a new episode in PBS KIDS’ Emmy Award-winning TV series SciGirls.

Connect Oct 2015

Connect Magazine | October 2015

Walking the Talk – Resource Sustainability to Conserve Wildlife

In recent years, it’s not just species conservation that’s taken center stage at Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)-accredited facilities. It’s also environmental conservation. Those missions are, after all, intrinsically linked. Read more (Member login required) (Photo: Solar array on top of the Saint Louis Zoo’s gift shop © The Saint Louis Zoo.)

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AZA Animals

Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium

Our newly rebranded website AZA Animals invites kids and families to meet the animals of AZA-accredited institutions, support the AZA community's conservation work, and develop connections with nature. Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium is a collaboration between AZA and The Walt Disney Company that invites accredited zoos and aquariums to expand their commitment to connecting families to nature – and encourages families to get out and play, at a zoo or aquarium or anywhere outdoors. Read more about the importance of nature play and the important role of zoos & aquariums