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.
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.
Cheryl Braunstein, Manager, Exhibit Planning & Development - Smithsonian National Zoo
Randy Marker, President - Thomas & Marker Construction Co.
Doug Piekarz, President & CEO - Akron Zoological Park
Emily Routman, Owner & Principal, Emily Routman Associates
Chris Andrews, Head, Merlin Animal Welfare and Development - SEA LIFE US
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.
Lambert Saint Louis International Airport (STL) is the closest airport. The hotel provides free airport shuttle service and is also accessible via MetroLink.
Course participants stay at Crowne Plaza Clayton in St. Louis, Missouri 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.
Please note, these rates are higher than other course offerings because they include course registration, as well as breakfasts, lunches, break service, and two dinners during the course. The hotel rate in St. Louis will be $110 plus taxes per room per night, with no surcharge for double occupancy. The overall resulting cost to participants will be similar compared to other less-inclusive courses.
Scholarship funding is available through a competitive process. AZA scholarship applications are due by mid-July and are awarded by early September.
Early Bird Rates
$1000 for AZA Individual Members
$1100 for Non-members
Early bird registration deadline: 12 weeks prior to course start date
$1100 for AZA Individual Members
$1200 for Non-members
Final registration deadline: 4 weeks prior to course start date
To pay by credit card
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To pay by check or purchase order
Download the CSE Course Registration Form and return by mail with check or purchase order. 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 a wait list email once acceptance decisions are made. If you are not admitted into the course from the waitlist, a full refund will be promptly issued.
Questions? For additional details please contact the AZA Professional Development Department