Welcome to the ZWPA an organizational unit in NAI.  We are a group of interpreters that specialize in connecting people to wildlife and conservation.  We are educators, volunteers, naturalists, exhibit designers, keepers, professors, and students.  Check out our membership page to see where we work.

This web site is dedicated to keeping the ZWPA members informed about our activities, conferences, webinars, newsletters, educational resources and members.  Our hope is with this web site in coordination with Facebook groups will keep us all informed and networked.


Gauging Interest: Would you participate in an upcoming CIG Train-the-Trainer Course? 

Do you train other staff how to engage the public? Have you been thinking about the next level of certification? Do you love zoos? Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is hoping to offer a Certified Interpretive Guide Train-the-Trainer course through the National Association of Interpretation in spring of 2017. We are currently looking to see if there is enough interest in our area to continue planning the course.

If you are interested in attending a Certified Interpretive Guide Train-the-Trainer course, please email Wendy Shepard at This is only to gauge interest; you are in no way committed to attend.

Thank you!

Wendy Shepard
Visitor Experience Coordinator
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium




We are excited to announce our 2017 NatureStart™ course taking place April 24 – 29, 2017 right here at Brookfield Zoo!

As you know, NatureStart™ is a week-long professional development program focusing on skill development for informal educators in zoos, aquariums, nature centers as they provide play-based nature education for children from birth to age 8 and their families in those institutions. NatureStart™ is based on principles and practices in use by the Chicago Zoological Society which are designed to develop competencies in eight core areas needed to develop a child-centered understanding of learning, play, and nature. These competencies form the foundation for developing nature-based play and learning programs and environments for young children and families in informal science settings.

Registration for this course is now open! Visit<> to learn more and to register.  Be sure to register by February 1, 2017 to receive your Early Bird Discount!


We are now linked to the AZA Conservation Education committee newsletter.                Check it out!

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