ZRA Annual Conference : Overview

The 2017 ZRA Annual Conference will be hosted by
Columbus Zoo & Aquarium in Columbus, Ohio
25 September -1 October 2017


Registration and the Call for Presentations are OPEN!

To register, click on the 'Register' link to the right. 

Annual Conference Hotel 

Double Tree Suites by Hilton Columbus Downtown
50 S. Front St, Columbus, Ohio, 43215-4145, USA

Click on the 'Hotel, Shuttle & Dining Information' link to the right for more information on booking your room.

Conference Schedule

Monday, 25 September 2017
  • ZRA's 10th Annual Certified Records Manager (CRM) Examination Preparation Workshop (8:00a.m. - 5:00 p.m, includes lunch and breaks)
  • ZRA Board of Directors Meeting (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., includes dinner)

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

  • Pre-Conference Trip - The Wilds (8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
    Come explore Ohio's premier drive through Wildlife Conservation Park. You'll have the option of getting an in depth look during behind the scenes tours, taking a tour around the park on horseback or really getting Wild and ziplining over the park's fauna!
  • Prices include admission, lunch, and transportation

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

  • ZRA Committee Action Planning (Z-CAP) (8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., includes lunch)
  • ZIMS Workshop (1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
  • Tracks Workshop (1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
  • Icebreaker (6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.)

Thursday, 28 September 2017 
  • General Sessions (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
       A full day of educational sessions begins with a special welcome
       from Columbus Zoo & Aquarium and the 2017 Annual
       Conference Leadership Team.
  • Optional Outing/Scavenger Hunt (6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.)
    Enjoy dinner with your collegues (not included in cost) in the very trendy Short North district and participate in an entertaining Scavenger Hunt which will encourage you to explore this neat and fun part of Columbus!      

Friday, 29 September 2017
  • Zoological Registrar Training Certificate Program (at hotel, 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.)
  • Zoo Day (10:45 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
     The most anticipated event of the ZRA Annual Conference, Zoo 
     Day, will be held on Friday, 29 September 2017 at the Columbus

Saturday, 30 September 2017
  • Annual Business Meeting and Installation of Officers (8:00 a.m. -  10:30 a.m.)
  • General Sessions (10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Sunday, 1 October 2017

  • Post-Conference Trip – the Cleveland Zoo and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame  (8:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.)
     Join us as we explore the Cleveland Zoo and the one and only
     Rock and Roll Hall of Fame too!  You won’t want to miss this!

Call for Presentations: Open 10 April-
ZRA general sessions feature topics from five categories of presentations under Record Keeping, Wildlife Permits and Legislation, Animal Transport, Records and Collection Management, and Conservation/Other.

Possible topics from each of the five categories will include presentations on ZIMS; Tracks; animal transactions; permit applications; roundtables on permit issues; legislative updates; policies and procedures; accreditation; collection management; disaster preparedness; archives management; records retention, protection and disposal.

ZRA offers a variety of formats for presentations including individual papers, workshops, panel discussions and poster presentations.