Attendee Registration Information

Denver, CO
October 9-13, 2022

As you start to plan the year ahead, we want to make sure you that you have the Aquarium & Zoo Facility Association’s 29th Annual Conference in Denver on your calendar as a must attend. Here are some of the highlights that we would like to share with you about this year’s conference:

Pre-Conference Ice Breaker Event
Sunday October 9

Forney Transportation Museum, Denver, CO

The Forney Museum of Transportation is a one-of-a-kind collection of over 800 artifacts relating to historical transportation. It began 67 years ago with a single 1921 Kissel, but soon expanded to include vehicles of all kinds. Today it includes not just vehicles, but also buggies, motorcycles, steam locomotives, aircraft, carriages, rail equipment, fire apparatus, public transportation, sleighs, bicycles, toys & diecast models, vintage apparel and much, much more!

Our collection highlights include: Union Pacific ‘Big Boy’ Steam Locomotive #4005, Amelia Earhart’s 1923 Kissel ‘Gold Bug’, Forney Locomotive, Colorado & Southern Caboose, 1923 Hispano-Suiza, 1913-53 Indian Motocycle Collection, Denver & Rio Grande Dining Car, Stutz Fire Engine, 1888 Denver Cable Car, 1923 Case Steam Tractor, 1817 Draisenne Bicycle, 500 Piece Matchbox Collection, and more!

Zoo Day at the Denver Zoo
Wednesday, October 12

As one of Colorado’s most vital cultural cornerstones, Denver Zoo is dedicated to providing the communities we serve with an intimate, inspiring and informative first-hand encounter with the wonders of nature. But, while we proudly provide families with an accessible and inviting place to connect with wildlife—and one another—we’re so much more than that, too.

Our 84-acre campus is an enchanting urban field station, where 3,000+ wonderful wild animals serve as ambassadors for their wild counterparts all over the world. Our award-winning education and outreach teams spark curiosity for learners of all ages throughout metropolitan Denver. In addition, our global Field Conservation and Emergency Wildlife Response teams have worked tirelessly for more than two decades to protect species threatened by human encroachment, habitat loss and catastrophic events.

Post-Conference Tour
Thursday, October 13
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs, CO

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is about sharing the wonders of the natural world with kids of all ages and providing memories for a lifetime. Here, you do more than just look. Ranked as one of the top zoos in the country by USA Today 10Best and TripAdvisor, you’ll get to explore newly renovated and award-winning exhibits.

Experience a zoo like no other, on a mountainside overlooking Colorado Springs. Discover more than 30 species of endangered animals. Interact with our giraffes and don’t miss the chance to hand-feed them! Soar over your favorite animal exhibits and take in breathtaking views of the city below on the Mountaineer Sky Ride. We look forward to providing you an experience of a lifetime with your visit to America’s only mountain zoo!


Note: In order to register, you must be a current AZFA Member.  If you would like to join the AZFA or renew your AZFA membership, you can do so here.  If your facility has a membership bundle, please contact Sam Peterson at to process your renewal.

Active AZFA Member – $275
Retired AZFA Member – $135
Commercial Member (Full) – $515
Commercial Member (Limited) – $400

Register to Attend
A hard copy of the Attendee registration form is available here.

Vendor (Exhibitor & Conference) – $1100
Vendor (Exhibitor Only) – $800

Vendor Registration and Sponsorship Opportunities Form (please complete and return to Nikki Myers)

*Additional fees apply for guest registrations and pre-conference team building event

Hotel Reservations


Please contact Nikki Myers at (360) 972-4536 (Mobile) or (360) 832-7162 (Office)

AZFA Annual Conference / Attention: Nikki Myers
Northwest Trek, 11610 Trek Drive East, Eatonville, WA 98328


The AZFA Program & Education Committee has been hard at work putting together our educational sessions for Denver this fall.  We know one of the main reason your institution sends you to the AZFA conference is for the educational sessions.  Our goal is to offer a variety of educational opportunities that broadens the brim your professional facilities hat.

Agenda, sessions and speakers will be updated regularly. Bookmark this page to check for updates. In the mean time, here are a few additional flyers of information that are helpful.

Vendor/Exhibitor Registration Form

Attendee Registration Form

Agenda at a Glance (7/19/22 draft)

29th Annual AZFA Conference Agenda at a Glance

Sunday, October 9th Activity Location
10:00 a.m. Buses load for TopGolf Meet in hotel lobby
9:00-10:00 a.m. and 3:00-5:00 p.m. Registration table open Convention Center lobby
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Vendor Load-in Salon A
2:00 p.m. Return from TopGolf
5:30 p.m. Buses load for Icebreaker Meet in hotel lobby
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Bar & Heavy Hors d’oeuvres Forney Transportation Museum
8:00 p.m. Buses load for hotel return Meet at exit
Monday, October 10th Activity Location
7:00 – 8:00 a.m. First Time Attendee Meet & Greet Telluride
8:00 – 5:00 a.m. Registration table open Convention Center lobby
8:00 a.m. Welcome remarks Salon A
8:15 – 9:30 a.m. Session 1: COVID Resilience Panel Salon A
9:30 a.m. Break
9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Business Meeting & Elections 2023 Host Presentation: Louisville Zoo Salon A
10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Vendor Trade Show Salon A
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Session 2: Confined Spaces Overview Salon A
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Vendor Introductions Salon A
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch (Presenting Sponsor Brightly) Salon A
1:05 – 2:05 p.m. Session 3: New York Aquarium – Rebuilding Post-Sandy Salon A
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Session 4A: Emergency Response – Dave Ruhl Breckenridge
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Session 4B: Proper Solvent Cementing Techniques – Spears Manufacturing Steamboat
3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Session 5 A: TBD Breckenridge
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Session 5B: LSS – Hayward Flow Control Steamboat
4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Vendor Mixer Salon A
6:00 p.m. on Dinner on your own
Tuesday, October 11th Activity Location
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. OSHA Confined Spaces Silverton
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Registration table open Convention Center lobby
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Vendor Trade Show Salon A
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Session 6: Demystifying AZA – Audubon VP Salon A
9:10 – 10:10 a.m. Session 7A:  Mark Fisher Surprise Presentation Breckenridge
9:10 – 10:10 a.m. Session 7B: Hydroponics Steamboat
10:10 – 10:25 a.m Break
10:25 – 11:25 a.m. Session 8A: Tom Sehnert and Allmon – Using CMMS efficiently Breckenridge
10:25 – 11:25 a.m. Session 8B:  TBD Steamboat
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch & Vendor Mingle (Presenting Sponsor TBD) Salon A
1:10 – 3:10 p.m. Session 9: ADA Workshop Salon A
3:10 – 3:25 p.m. Break
3:25 – 4:25 p.m. Session 10: G.R.A.Z.E. Salon A
4:25 – 4:45 p.m. Committee Sign-ups Salon A
4:45 – 7:00 p.m. Vendor Load-out Salon A
6:00 p.m. on Dinner on your own
Wednesday, October 12th Activity Location
8:30 a.m. Buses load for Zoo Day Meet in lobby
9:00 a.m. Welcome Breakfast/Group Photo Toyota Elephant Passage
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. BTS tours or explore on your own Denver Zoo
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch Zoo Gardens
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. BTS tours or explore on your own Denver Zoo
2:30 p.m. Buses load for hotel return Meet at zoo exit
3:00 p.m. Arrive at hotel
5:30 p.m. Cash bar opens Salon A
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Banquet & Auction Salon A
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Axe Throwing Hotel Parking Lot
Thursday, October 13th Activity Location
7:00 a.m. Buses load for Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Meet in lobby
9:00 a.m. Welcome at Cheyenne Mountain Explore Zoo
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Buses load for Denver return Meet at zoo exit
4:00 p.m. Arrive at hotel
Do not book a flight that requires you to be at the airport prior to 6pm

Education Sessions

Title: COVID Resilience Panel

Monday 8:15 – 9:30 a.m.
Salon A


Presenter: AZFA Member Panel

Title: Confined Spaces Overview

Monday 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Salon A



Title: New York Aquarium – Rebuilding Post-Sandy

Monday 1:05 – 2:05 p.m.
Salon A


Title: Emergency Response

Monday 2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Presenter: Dave Ruhl

Title: Proper Solvent Cementing Techniques

Monday 2:15 – 3:15

Presenter: Spears Manufacturing

Title: TBA

Monday 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.


Presenter: TBA

Title: LSS

Monday 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Presenter: Hayward Flow Control

Title: OSHA Confined Space Training

Tuesday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Title: Demystifying AZA

Tuesday 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Salon A

Presenter: Audubon VP

Title: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Presentation

Tuesday 9:10 – 10:10 a.m.

Presenter: Mark Fisher

Title: Hydroponics

Tuesday 9:10 – 10:10 a.m.


Title: Using CMMS Efficiently

Tuesday 10:25 – 11:25 a.m.

Presenter: Tom Sehvert and Allmon Forrester

Title: TBA

Tuesday 10:25 – 11:25 a.m.

Presenter: TBA

Title: ADA Workshop

Tuesday 1:10 – 3:10 p.m.
Salon A


Title: G.R.A.Z.E.

Tuesday 3:25 – 4:25 p.m.
Salon A


OSHA Confined Space Training