Professional Development

It is important for zookeepers to stay informed of advances in the animal husbandry field and to connect with other zoo professionals. Therefore, part of our chapter's mission is to offer professional development opportunities to our chapter members. It is our goal to send one of our chapter members to the National AAZK conference each year through our scholarship (details below). We also offer workshops for chapter members focused on various topics throughout the year. 

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (IAATE)

Redding, CA, February 21-25, 2018


Zoos and Aquariums Committing to Conservation
Jacksonville, FL, October 22-26, 2017

The Art and Science of Animal Training 
Irving, TX, March 24-25, 2018

Animal Behavior Management Alliance (ABMA) Annual Conference
San Antonio, TX, April 8-13, 2018

National AAZK conference
Denver, CO, October 4-8, 2018

Otter Keeper Workshop
Portland, OR, October 15-20, 2018 

National AAZK conference
Indianapolis, IN, August 18-22, 2019

Professional Development Scholarship

Various zoological institutions hold conferences that provide an environment for zookeepers to network, share ideas and methods, and receive training from leaders in the field.

It is our goal to send one of our chapter members to the National AAZK conference each year. We offer a scholarship to help cover conference expenses. This scholarship can also be used to attend another workshop or conference in the zoo keeping or closely-related field. This year, we are pleased to offer two scholarships! The application deadline for the professional development scholarship was June 10th, 2017. You must be an active member of both the Redwood Coast AAZK and National AAZK to qualify. We have two different grants this year! One is for the Annual National AAZK Conference for $750.00. If you would like to apply for this scholarship, complete the form here and return it to RCAAZK. For our Alternative Conference grant for $500.00, click here for the application. For information on how to join either RCAAZK or AAZK, click here.

Past Scholarship Recipients

2017 - Lindsey Miller, International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators conference (IAATE), Redding, CA (conference being held in Feb. 2018)
2017 - Ruth Mock - AAZK conference in Washington, DC
2016 - Lindsey Miller and Ruth Mock, Zoological Association of America's (ZAA) mid-year conference in Providence, RI
2015 - Kelsey Kuhn, AAZK conference in St. Louis, MO
2015 - Kathleen Juliano, Zoological Registrars Association Annual Conference in Seattle, WA 
2014 - Natalie Parchman, Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) conference in Orlando, FL
2013 - Kelsey Kuhn, AAZK conference in Greensboro, NC
2012 - Elisa Miller, AAZK conference in Syracuse, NY

Kelsey Kuhn presenting her poster entitled "Can We All Just Get Along?" at the 2015 AAZK conference in St. Louis.