NatureStart™ Weekly Trainings

Course Details


Marilyn Brink, Manager, Professional Development & Early Childhood - CZS/Brookfield Zoo;
David Becker, Senior Manager of Learning Experiences - CZS /Brookfield Zoo;

Course Credit  

Continuing through 2019, NatureStart™ is approved for credit from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Conservation Education Certificate. 
Questions about accreditation?
Contact the AZA Professional Development Program through or call 301-562-0777 ext 251

Course Schedule

Tuesday through Friday, April 23-26,2019
Classes meet 9-4 pm, lunch provided daily

Travel & Accommodations

Chicago's Midway Airport (MDW) and O'Hare Airport (ORD) are both about 30 minutes from the hotel and Zoo. This course takes place at the Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, IL.

The Carleton of Oak Park is the designated course hotel and a block of rooms is on reserve for NatureStart course participants. Please contact the hotel to make your reservations. We have secured a special rate:
$129.00 King/Double Queen
$179.00 Deluxe King/Double Queen
(Rates do not include 11% tax)

Please visit the hotel’s website, or call at 708-848-5000 and ask for Dana Schuster or Katie Fox for additional information and to make your reservation. Be sure to mention our Group Registration Number 2723 at the time of booking to receive the discounted rate.

Ground Transportation
Ground transportation to and from airport should be arranged by each participant. American Taxi Co. is the recommended transport company. Arrangements for pick-up and return trip to either O’Hare or Midway Airport can be made by calling 847-255-9614. 
Shuttle provided by the Brookfield Zoo will transport participants to and from the zoo daily.

Registration & Logistics

Tuition & Expenses

Your registration fee covers tuition for the course, books and other resources included, transportation to and from zoo and lunch each day. Other expenses include hotel, travel, and evening meals.   
Early Bird Rates – due by April 13, 2019
$750 for CZS Members, AZA Members, NAI Members
$850 for Non-members

Regular Rates – payment received April 13–20
$950 for CZS Members, AZA Members, NAI Members
$1050 for Non-members

For this course, a second participant from an institution pays half of the applicable rate. Discount will be applied at the time of registration.

Final Registration deadline: April 20, 2019

Register Now for the NatureStart Weeklong Program