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  • Our Mission
    Supporting our members' education,
    connection, and inspiration to strengthen
    understanding of and commitment to zoo
    and aquarium conservation goals.

Membership Benefits

As an AZADV member, you have access to a wide variety of membership benefits such as:

Quarterly Newsletter

The newsletter features educational articles submitted by industry professionals and AZADV members, news, upcoming events, and more.

Educational Opportunities

We have partnered with the San Diego Zoo Global Academy to offer paid subscriptions to the Academy's online course catalog. Each course is taught by subject-matter exerts.

Reciprocal Admission

Members receive admission discounts to more than 30 participating zoos and/or aquariums in North America upon proof of membership.

Conferences

Join hundreds of members at the annual conference for personal development and networking opportunities. Zoo Day at the host facility includes behind-the-scenes and other unique activities.

Join Us

Join docents and volunteers from more than 115 zoos and aquariums across North America who share your passion for animals and conserving our natural world.

About Us

Female sitting among penguins in their exhibit.
Woman feeding a giraffe.
Tortoise Team members receiving instructions from zookeepers in the tortoise exhibit.
Group of conference attendees standing next to a tiger cutout sign.
AZADV member, Larry Martin, holding a snake during a trip to Madagascar.
Conference attendees getting a tour at the host facility.

The Association of Zoo and Aquarium Docents and Volunteers (AZADV) is a 503(c)(3) non-profit organization whose purpose is to support the conservation of species and facilitate communication between members to enhance educational programming and renew enthusiasm for the service that our members contribute to their institutions.

Deadlines

2020 Bylaw Changes

Deadline: May 01, 2020

2020-2021 Executive Board Nominations

Deadline: May 01, 2020

2020 Issue 3 Newsletter Submission

Deadline: Jun 01, 2020

Upcoming Conferences

2021 AZADV Conference

TBD
Hosted by Louisville Zoo
Registration: TBD
Do to COVID-19 developments, the 2020 conference has been cancelled.


2022 AZADV Conference

TBD
Hosted by Toledo Zoo
Registration: TBD


Education Grants

We encourage and support the development and implementation of creative education programs through AZADV Education Grants. Every year, grants of $2,000 are awarded to Organizational Members in each of three categories: small, medium, and large zoos/aquariums.