2018 Conference: Columbus Zoo & Aquarium


Conference Info
(subject to change)

     Member $225; Non-member $275
     Wet Lab, Pre/Post Trips TBD

Basic Schedule:
Aug 25th - Pre-conf. trip to Zoombezi Bay
                  AVZMT Exam
                  Executive Committee Meeting
Aug 26th - Wet Labs
Aug 27th - Lectures
Aug 28th - Lectures/Business Mtg/Zoo Day
Aug 29th - Lectures
Aug 30th - Post-conf. trip to The Wilds


Crown Plaza Columbus - Downtown
Rate (single & double): $145/night


The public bus system (COTA), has a dedicated bus going to and from the airport and downtown, called AirConnect. There is a stop adjacent to the hotel. The bus runs every 30 minutes, 7 days/week for $2.75 per ride.

Pre & Post Trips

Kick off this year's conference the right way at Zoombezi Bay, the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium's amazing waterpark! Included is entry to both the Zoo and Zoombezi Bay, transportation to and from the hotel, Zoomband fast passes, and access to private cabanas for the day. Catch some sun at the Wild Tides Wave Pool, sip on a refreshing beverage while floating around Croctail Creek, or seek some thrills on one of the many waterslides.

The Wilds is situated on nearly 10,000 acres of reclaimed surface-mined land in southeastern Ohio. The facility is home to rare and endangered species from around the globe living in open range habitats. The Post Conference trip will consist of an open-air tour bus through pasture, veterinary hospital tour, rhino barn tour, and carnivore area tour. Lunch will be held at the outpost, with a giraffe feeding and rhino training demonstration. The tour will conclude with a trip to the gift shop.
   8AM - depart hotel
   9:30AM - arrive The Wilds
   10AM-3:50PM - tour, lunch, gift shop
   4PM - depart
   5:30PM - arrive hotel

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