WHAT IS AZADAZAD is the Association of Zoo andAquarium Docents.AZAD is a not-for-profit association whosepurpose is to facilitate communication and theexchange of information between zoo andaquarium docents.
WHEN DID AZAD BEGIN? Docents from 35 zoos came together at the First International Zoo Docent Conference held in October 1985 in Houston, Texas. The following year another international conference was held in Kansas City, Missouri. Delegates, representing 41 zoos selected a “Steering Committee”, created a Bylaws Committee and began a newsletter, Symbiosis. The first conference to be advertised as an AZAD Conference was in 1987 in Los Angeles, California.
WHO CAN BE AN AZAD MEMBER? AZAD Has 3 Individual Membership Categories PLUS Organizations!
ACTIVEVolunteer Educator - So if you educate people atyour zoo this would be YOU!INACTIVEYou were an active docent, but distance, lack oftime or other factors have intervened but you stillenjoy reading about and socializing with likeminded individuals.ASSOCIATEYou are interested in zoos, conservation, andanimals but have never been actively involved,you volunteer or you are a staff member at a zooor aquarium.
Why Should I Join AZAD ? to communicate & exchange information with other members to receive Symbiosis, AZAD’s quarterly newsletter to travel the world to exotic locations to broaden your horizons at annual conferences to access online resources
• AZAD’s quarterly newsletter via Email or Print - by request if you prefer• Written by members for members• Source of information about our natural world• Updates from member organizations• News about AZAD
Website for access to E-Symbiosis – anytime! Past, Present & Future Issues Adobe PDF Files in COLOR
Travel to Exotic Places with Like Minded People on Trips Focused on Nature, Animals & CultureCosta Rica, Hawaii, Alaska, Kenya, Singapore, China and Thailand and more!
What Would I Do at a Conference?Go see Pre & Post Trips at Host CityAttractions.Represent Your Organization as aDelegate.Network with Fellow AZAD Members.Hear about Exciting Research orProjects from Keynote Speakers.
Attend Presentations & Workshops.Shop for Unique & Animal ThemedItems in the Wildside Room.Photo Contest, Raffles & Prizes!Enjoy old Friends & Make new Friends!A Day at the Zoo/Aquarium! FUN! FUN! FUN!
Pre and Post TripsSt. Louis, Memphis, Pittsburgh and Chicago
Workshops and PapersRecent topics “What’s In Your Pocket?” “Bamboo: What’s In It For Pandas?” “Kali Jon, Baby Orangutan” “From Swamps and Bogs to Pollywogs” “Photographing Zoos” “From Lust to Dust: Explaining Those Awkward Subjects” Check out www.AZADocents.org for more!
Sharing… Our knowledge Our experiences Our enthusiasm…with others who share our passion for thenatural world
NetworkingAn opportunity to connect with zoo and aquariumdocents & volunteers from across the U.S.,Canada and beyondA resource for informationA personal connection forvisiting other zoos & aquariumsA new friend
AZAD Website includes:General info about AZADMembership applicationExcerpts from SymbiosisMerchandise order formUpcoming eventsFuture conferencesAZAD sponsored tripsLinks to related organizationsPapers from previous conferencesLink to AZAD Facebook
Tell me again why should I join AZAD?With AZAD you can: LEARN SHARE CONNECT ENJOY
I’m In - How Do I Sign Up?Individual MembershipsForms are Available: www.AZADocents.org Important Forms / Individual Membership Form In Symbiosis Many Zoos Have Forms Available in Volunteer Area membership@AZADocents.org