Conservation Education: Effective Program Design provides zoo and aquarium educators with a comprehensive overview of how to design, develop, implement and evaluate education programs and exhibit interpretive elements. Course materials include the latest research and trends in informal science education.
After completing this course, participants will be better able to:
Leanne White, Curator of Education - Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Chad Fifer, Director of Education - Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
Rebecca Nellis, Program, Manager, Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
Shareen Knowlton, Director of Education - Roger Williams Park Zoo
Elise Bernardoni, Sr Manager of Education Programs - Smithsonian's National Zoo
Kyle Huetter, Education Manager, Disney's Animal Kingdom
This course is designed for zoo and aquarium staff that has either direct responsibility for education programs at their institutions, or for those staff who have an interest in, or connection to, education. Zoo and aquarium educators, volunteer/docent managers, exhibit design staff, children’s zoo staff, librarians, marketing, development and public relations staff will benefit from participation in this course.
None. Priority will be given to AZA members. 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 to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
- Student registration
- Opening evening ceremony
- Courses meet for individual opening session/class
- Classes meet all day
- Classes meet
- Closing Ceremony
Attendance is required for course participants for the duration of the course until the evening of the last day. As a result, individuals generally depart the following day. Attendees will receive a detailed schedule for their course after their registration is confirmed.
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. All lodging reservations are priced per person at a package rate. Your accommodations wil include all: breakfast, lunches, dinners, and snacks throughout the entirety of your stay.
General Package Pricing*:
$1105+ Standard Double Room Package
$1340+ Standard Single Room Package
$1140+ Premium Double Room Package
$1545+ Premium Single Room Package
$1105+ Cottage Package
*Package pricing rates are all-inclusive and are subject to change
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.
Tuition & Expenses*
The AZA registration fee below only covers tuition for the course. Other expenses include hotel, travel, and meals which are included at a package rate with lodging accommodations. For more information about costs and logistics for courses hosted by Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, WV, visit our Wheeling Courses Travel Information page. Registration prices are subject to change.
Scholarship funding for courses is available through a competitive process. AZA scholarship applications are due by mid-July and are awarded by early September.
Early Bird Rates:
$875 for AZA Individual Members
$975 for Non-members
Registration deadline: 12 weeks prior to course start date
$975 for AZA Individual Members
$1075 for Non-members
Final registration deadline: 4 weeks prior to course start date
Accepted forms of payment for registration are by: credit card, check or purchase order. Registration for this course has ended. Please check back in the fall for information on next year's session.
*Prices are subject to change
Questions? For additional details please contact the AZA Professional Development Department.