NatureStart™ Regional Trainings

Our regional training program features a blend of in-person and online courses, providing greater flexibility for those who cannot attend the weeklong training program. Participants will attend three in-person, daylong sessions and will complete 15 hours of training online.

CZS has partnered with the Wildlife Conservation Society in Bronx, NY, the Dallas Zoo in Dallas, TX, and Greenville Zoo in Greenville, SC, to offer the in-person portion of this training in four convenient locations throughout the country.

NatureStart™ Training Locations

• Brookfield Zoo training
In-person dates:
o January 26
o February 23
o April 27

• Wildlife Conservation Society/Bronx Zoo training
In-person dates:
o February 2
o March 16
o April 27

• Dallas Zoo training
In-person dates:
o September 15
o October 20
o November 10

• Greenville Zoo training
In-person dates:
o September 22
o October 6
o November 10


For the regional training, do I need to attend all three in-person sessions? Can I instead complete more of the training online?
In order to get credit, you must be present at all three in-person sessions.

Can I change between different locations for the regional training?
Yes. Please contact (708) 688-8342 to arrange this. 

How long do I have to complete the 15-hour online portion for the regional training?
Participants will continue to complete activities for approximately 30 days after the third in-person session.

What is the difference between the one-week training and the regional training?
Both will provide you with the skills to implement the NatureStart core competencies at your institution and will prepare you to train your colleagues in these competencies as well. The difference is simply in the method of delivery.


The $500 registration fee covers tuition, resources for the course, and lunch during the in-person sessions. By registering two (2) individuals from your institution, you are eligible for a $125 discount. The registration fee for two (2) individuals is $875. By registering four (4) individuals from your institution, you are eligible to receive our group discount. The registration fee for four (4) individuals is $1,500.

Register for NatureStart™ Weeklong Course