Keep up to date

Upcoming Events

AZA offers many conferences and professional development courses. Or search for offerings throughout the greater zoo and aquarium community, such as animal program events and workshops.

AZA members, including accredited, certified related, commercial, and conservation partner members, are eligible to submit relevant events to be added to the calendar using this form

Amphibian Management School

02/26/2018 - 03/02/2018

Detroit Zoo’s National Amphibian Conservation Center in Royal Oak, Michigan map



Due to the large wait list from this past year’s course, the ATAG is happy to announce an interim offering of Amphibian Management School (AMS) for February 26 – March 2, 2018, once again hosted by the Detroit Zoo. This hands-on learning experience focuses on the latest in basic husbandry techniques, exhibit design, support for regional conservation programs, and effective conservation messaging in a zoo or aquarium collection. Participants will learn not only about amphibian husbandry, but also how to connect with conservation projects, breeding program management, enrichment basics, amphibian health fundamentals, and more to improve amphibian management at their institutions and impact amphibians globally. Under guidance of the Amphibian Taxon Advisory Group (ATAG), AMS provides knowledge about amphibians and skills for managing these sensitive species in captivity that are essential for anyone working directly with amphibians in a zoo, aquarium, conservation, or research settings. AMS is ideal for novice to moderate amphibian zoo keepers, animal health, research or education staff who need more training on handling and husbandry of amphibians, and representatives of nature centers and natural history museums or science centers with limited amphibian experience. Course includes field trip to look for wild mudpuppies!

For budgeting purposes, course fees are $600 (AZA individual members) or $700 (non-AZA member) if registered by the Early bird date of November 15, 2017. Lodging will be ~$100/night.

Scholarship funding is available through the following competitive processes:

  • International (outside U.S. & Canada): ZCOG’s Cameron Park Zoo Amphibian Conservation Scholarship

In partnership with Zoo Conservation Outreach Group's (ZCOG) Conservation Training Scholarship Program, AZA's Professional Development Committee is pleased to offer a scholarship for our international zoo, aquarium, and conservation community colleagues. Deadline is 5:00PM EST on July 14th. Instructions at:

  • U.S. & Canada: Will be announced once finalized.
Course registration and payment information will be shared once finalized, but please budget now to send staff in 2018!

Find a Zoo or Aquarium Donate to AZA Contact Us Member Login Search the site