Attendee Registration Information

Washington, D.C.
October 7-10, 2018

As you start to plan the year ahead, we want to make sure you that you have the Aquarium & Zoo Facility Association’s 25th Annual Conference in Washington DC 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 Team Building Event

Sunday October 7

Includes: Transportation, Lunch, 3 Hrs. of Play and Club Rental.

Pre-Conference Ice Breaker Event

Sunday October 7

Tour Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia

Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia is a companion facility to the Museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Opened in 2003, its two huge hangars — the Boeing Aviation Hangar and the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar — display thousands of aviation and space artifacts, including a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, a Concorde, and the Space Shuttle Discovery Reception & Dining at Clyde’s Willow Creek Farm a family of restaurants born from a sincere belief that great dining begins with fresh ingredients, friendly people, and an unforgettable atmosphere. One of the first in Washington to feature “locally-raised” and “sustainable” foods. In addition to local and farm-grown produce, our legendary hormone-free, farm-raised beef sourced in the area and chicken that is antibiotic-free and hormone-free.


Active AZFA Member – $270
Retired AZFA Members – $135
Commercial Member (Full) – $515
Commercial Member (Limited) – $400

Register to Attend

Vendor (Exhibitor & Conference) – $1170
Vendor (Exhibitor Only) – $800

Register as an Exhibitor

*Additional fees apply for guest registrations and pre-conference team building event (see registration information above for details)

Hotel Reservations


Please contact Marc Muller (202) 633-4410 (Office), (202) 345-9007 (Mobile)

AZFA Annual Conference / Attention: Marc Muller
National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW Washington, D.C. 20008


The AZFA Program & Education Committee has been hard at work putting together our educational sessions for Washington D.C. 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 announced soon. Bookmark this page to check for updates. In the mean time, here are a few additional flyers of information that are helpful.

AZFA 2018 Conference Announcement

Vendor Conference Registration Information

Sponsorship Opportunities

Attendee Conference Registration Information

Conference Program Book

Keynote Address


Info Coming Soon

25th Annual AZFA Conference Agenda at a Glance

Agenda Coming Soon

Education Sessions

Did You Ever Want to Shoot The Architect?  Well, Here’s Your Chance!

Monday 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Room 1

Although the title is a bit tongue and cheek, this is an opportunity to explain the role of the architect in the design process and how everyone (including all members of a Zoo’s or Aquarium’s Facility team) should ask for a place at the table during the design phase.

Presenter:  Dean Violetta, Cincinnati Zoo Architect

Making Green = Green $$

Monday 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Room 2

Learn how to save money and be more sustainable! This session will outline the National Zoo’s $24.5M Energy Savings Performance Contract. We will discuss different energy conservation technologies, winners and looser, campus wide implementation, successes, challenges and lessons learned.

Presenter: Tom Reavey, SI Energy Management

Fire!  Are your systems ready?

Monday 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Room 3

When was the last time you tested your fire protection and life safety systems? This session will discuss items to consider on fire system readiness and ITM’s requirements from the National Fire Protection Association Standards.

Presenter: Ajay Gulati, SI Fire Protection Engineer

Slips Trips and Falls Protection 15% of all Accidental Deaths

Monday 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Room 1

Slips, trips, and falls are among the most common causes of injury on the job and at home. Everyone slips, trips, or falls on occasion. We tend to shrug off these accidents as just clumsy moments. However, sometimes, they can result in serious, painful and even deadly injuries. Discuss how to recognize slip, trip, and fall hazards on the job when you see them, precautions to prevent

Presenter: Steve Walden, SI OSHEM Safety and Occupational Health Specialist 

Facility and Program Access for All: Design Inclusive of Visitors with Disabilities 

Monday 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Room 2

Discuss the legal framework and best design practices that make your facility and programs accessible to visitors with disabilities.

Presenter: Beth Ziebarth, Director, Access Smithsonian

Job Hazard Analysis Training

Monday 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Room 1

The Job Hazard Analysis designed to teach staff the method for systematically identifying and evaluating hazards associated with a particular job or task, in order to create a safer work environment. By the end of this class, attendees will understand: Job Hazard Analysis, Skill in the Recognition & Control of Occupational Hazard & JHA Techniques.

Presenter: Steve Walden, SI OSHEM
Safety and Occupational Health Specialist

ADA Transition Plans: What are they, why should you have one, and experiences of implementation

Monday 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Room 2

A shared experience from Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium with discussion on ADA Transition Plans and why they are important, how they affect your guests, and what you can do to bring your zoo or aquarium into a conforming mode. It may be easier than you think.

Presenter: Brian Timm – Director of Facilities at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Active Shooter Training

Tuesday 9:00 – 10:30
Room 1

Train for clear flags issues of particular importance and scenarios to help users think about how to respond in different situations.
• Identifying potential threats
• Reporting suspicious activity
• When to run, hide or fight.
Provide guidance to employees in the event of an incident. It will cover the actions staff can take in order to protect themselves as well as how to respond when law enforcement arrives on scene.

Presenter: Tina Cogan, SI Office of Protective Services

Asbestos Awareness Training

Tuesday 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Room 1

Asbestos awareness training session that is intended to provide information regarding the recognition of asbestos-containing materials, health effects associated with asbestos, and safe work practices to limit potential asbestos exposures in the workplace.

NOTE: This session is not intended for staff whose work tasks may include contact with, removal or disturbance of asbestos-containing materials, which requires instruction that is more specialized. This course does not certify workers to remove asbestos-containing materials.

Presenter: Chuck Fry, SI OSHEM Industrial Hygienist

Integrated Pest Management Best Practices for Living Collections 

Tuesday 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Room 2

Zoos and aquariums are particularly challenging because they typically have an abundance of food, water, harborage and ideal temperatures for pest development. Learn how the Smithsonian National Zoo has been working to address the “pest paradise”.

Presenter: Greg Ose, SI NZP Entomologist

Job Site Accident – WHAT NEXT? 

Tuesday 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Room 3

The Accident Investigation in-person class session will teach your staff how to properly and effectively investigate accidents. After completion of this course, your staff will be able to determine the cause of an accident, what corrective actions to take to prevent future accidents, as well as how to properly document an investigation.

Presenter: Mary Winkler SI OSHEM Industrial Hygienist

Using Web GIS to enable your Campus, Workplace and Indoor Facility Operations 

Tuesday 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Room 1

• Discover the potential of your campus, workplace, or facility by integrating existing data and enterprise business systems in GIS.
• Operationalize and visualize your CAD/BIM investment, reduce maintenance and downtime costs, and increase productivity by consolidating information with Web GIS.
• Explores the use of ArcGIS Collector to tackle standards-driven landscaping activities and reporting at the National Zoo.

Presenter: Michael Sandor, SI Geospatial Information Division

Anticipate the Future with a Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) 

Tuesday 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Room 2

OSHA 10-Hour Certification Part 1 & 2