Pre- and Post-Conference Trips

AZADV 2014 National Conference

We are excited to offer the following optional pre-conference and post-conference trips to enhance your conference visit. Please note: there is an added cost for each trip.

Click on a trip below to learn more:

MACKENZIE ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER AND ALDO LEOPOLD NATURE CENTER

Open to 100 attendees
Monday, October 6, 2014
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Mackenzie Center, 250 acres of varied habitat north of Madison, is one of the most diverse environmental education centers in the state of Wisconsin. Of special interest are its injured or other non-releasable native Wisconsin animals, which serve to teach about the state's ecology. The Aldo Leopold Nature Center is located within a suburban setting and offers an experience where "high tech meets high touch." Its hands-on exhibits are a model for all environmental education. Docent-led tours will be offered at both locations. Long pants and closed-toed shoes are suggested if you wish to do some hiking. Lunch will be at a local restaurant.

Handicapped-accessible

For More Information:

www.mackenziecenter.com
www.aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org

HORICON MARSH AND WILDLIFE VIEWING

Monday, October 6, 2014, Open to 100 attendees
Sunday, October 12, 2014, Open to 100 attendees
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Horicon Marsh is the largest cattail marsh in the United States. In spring and fall millions of birds migrate through the area. Over 300 species have been sighted in this designated "wetland of international importance." Part national wildlife refuge and part state refuge, the 32,000 acres are also home to other wildlife. The tour includes a one-hour boat trip, a visit to the state visitors center and a chance to walk on the floating boardwalk in the federal refuge to see the thousands of waterfowl for which the marsh is famous. Lunch at a local restaurant is included in the tour. Binoculars are suggested but not necessary.

Handicapped-accessible  

For More Information:

www.fws.gov/refuge/horicon/

MILWAUKEE BEER BARONS CITY TOUR AND MILLER BREWERY

Monday, October 6, 2014, or Tuesday, October 7, 2014
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

When you think of Milwaukee, you usually think of the brewing industry. This tour gives you an opportunity to learn about the brewers who made Milwaukee famous. You will see where the Millers, Pabsts, Blatzes, and others brewed their beers, built their palatial homes, and raised their families. The tour will conclude with a visit to Miller Brewery, where you will learn about the brewing process and the packaging of the final product. You will visit the historic cave that helped Miller develop and conclude your visit in the tasting room where you may sample several of Miller's products. 

Handicapped-accessible

For More Information:

www.millercoors.com

DOWNTOWN MILWAUKEE THROUGH THE YEARS

Open to 12 attendees
Monday, October 6, 2014, Tuesday, October 7, 2014, Wednesday, October 8, 2014, or Saturday, October 11, 2014
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon)

If you enjoy walking and seeing a new city close up, this is the tour for you. The walk takes you from the hotel to Lake Michigan. It focuses on how the city developed by looking at the architectural styles and history of the downtown buildings and by hearing the stories of the people who built them. You can see and touch 150 years of history as you go into several of the buildings. The tour ends inside the Santiago Calatrava addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum. The tour takes about two hours; so bring your walking shoes.

Handicapped-accessible

For More Information:

www.historicmilwaukee.org

MILWAUKEE RIVER AND HARBOR BOAT TOUR

No limit
Monday, October 6, 2014, or Wednesday, October 8, 2014
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A tour of the Milwaukee harbor and river is a great way to see the city from a different perspective. The tour provides narration on the history and architecture that you can see from the water. As you go out into the beautiful Lake Michigan harbor, you will see that this is the best way to view the stunning Calatrava addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum, a truly unique building. The tour lasts an hour and a half. Snacks and beverages are available on the boat for a fee.

Handicapped-accessible

For More Information:

www.mkeboat.com

SHALOM WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Open to 40 attendees
Monday, October 6, 2014
3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Experience an old-fashioned wagon ride through a colorful fall woodland in this 100-acre federally licensed zoo north of Milwaukee.  Learn about Native American beliefs and view wolves, bison, elk and other animals during the two-hour ride. Then enjoy a chili supper (vegetarian available), homemade pie, and a bonfire before returning to the hotel.

Handicapped-accessible

For More Information:

www.shalomwildlife.com

INTERNATIONAL CRANE FOUNDATION AND UPPER DELLS BOAT TRIP

Tuesday, October 7, 2014, Open to 190 attendees
Sunday, October 12, 2014, Open to 90 attendees
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The headquarters of ICF is located in the beautiful rolling hill country near Baraboo and is the only place in the world where one can see a collection of all 15 species of cranes. The facility has about 100 birds on its 225-acre location. ICF works worldwide to conserve cranes and the ecosystems on which they depend. Nearby, along the Wisconsin River, sandstone cliffs have been sculpted into fantastic shapes by wind, rain, and the river. This trip will include a visit to see the cranes and hear the ICF story followed by a relaxing boat trip along a 15-mile stretch of the Wisconsin River. A family style lunch at Paul Bunyan's Restaurant is included.

Handicapped-accessible

For More Information:

www.savingcranes.org
www.dellsboats.com

NEW ZOO AND GREEN BAY PACKERS STADIUM TOUR

Open to 100 attendees
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The NEW Zoo, or North East Wisconsin Zoo, is located 10 miles from downtown Green Bay in the Brown County Reforestation Camp. The 1,560 acres are a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. One of only seven AZA-accredited zoos in the country that does not receive local or regional tax dollars for its support, the zoo uses a number of creative ways to ensure both financial and environmental sustainability. The visit will include docent-led tours to behind-the-scenes areas.

Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers, was voted the best NFL stadium in December 2013 by USA Today readers. The tour allows you to experience the rich history of the facility firsthand and see several behind-the-scenes areas. A catered lunch will be offered at the zoo.

Handicapped-accessible

For More Information:

www.newzoo.org
www.packers.com/lambeau-field/

NEW ZOO AND BAY BEACH WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Open to 100 attendees
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The NEW Zoo is located 10 miles from downtown Green Bay in the Brown County Reforestation Camp. The 1,560 acres are a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. One of only seven AZA-accredited zoos in the country that does not receive local or regional tax dollars for its support, the zoo uses a number of creative ways to ensure both financial and environmental sustainability. An example is the lovely pet cemetery on the zoo grounds. The visit will include docent-led tours to behind-the-scenes areas. 

The Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary is a 700-acre urban wildlife refuge and home to the second largest  wildlife rehabilitation program in the state. More than 4,500 animals are cared for annually. The tour includes a live animal program, a presentation of the rehabilitation program and more. A catered lunch at the zoo is included.

Handicapped-accessible

For More Information:

www.newzoo.org
www.baybeachwildlife.com

RACINE ZOO AND KENOSHA CIVIL WAR AND  PUBLIC MUSEUMS

Open to 100 attendees
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Racine Zoo is located on 32 acres overlooking Lake Michigan. It houses about 100 species, many native to Wisconsin, and a number of exotic animals. The tour will offer some behind-the-scenes areas and a surprise raffle.

The focus of the Kenosha Civil War museum is on the part played by the people from the upper Midwestern states, their personal stories, and the effect of the war on their lives. A new film and a guided tour are part of your visit. Lunch at a local restaurant is included.

Handicapped-accessible  

For More Information:

www.racinezoo.com
www.thecivilwarmuseum.org

MILWAUKEE CITY HIGHLIGHTS AND HARLEY-DAVIDSON MUSEUM

Open to 50 attendees
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Milwaukee's buildings are an interesting mix of historical and architectural styles. On this tour you will see the highlights of Milwaukee's downtown and East Side and travel along the attractive lakefront. Special buildings are the only German-style city hall in the U.S. and the world-famous Santiago Calatrava addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum. The tour will conclude at the Harley-Davidson Museum. There you will learn how the company began, how the engines work, and the contribution of motorcycles to American culture. You may even try on some of the motorcycles for size. Whether you have ever ridden a motorcycle, or wanted to, you will find this tour a fascinating look at an American industrial icon. The tour concludes at Motor, the attractive restaurant at the museum.

Handicapped-accessible

For More Information:

www.h-dmuseum.com
www.historicmilwaukee.org

TEN CHIMNEYS TOUR

Open to 45 attendees
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nestled in the glacial hills of the Kettle Moraine near Milwaukee is Ten Chimneys, the estate of Broadway greats Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. For over 40 years they ruled the Broadway stage. During their summers here, they entertained many of the stars of stage and screen. Noel Coward, Lawrence Olivier, and Katherine Hepburn were among their guests. The house is a charming mix of comfortable home and stage set. The visit includes a tour of the rustic Studio, the Cottage, and the restored gardens. This is a truly exceptional place that is especially delightful in the fall. A catered lunch on the estate is included.

Main house handicapped-accessible

For More Information:

www.tenchimneys.org

FISH DINNER AND VIEW OF MILWAUKEE EXPERIENCE

Open to 140 attendees
Friday, October 10, 2014
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

After spending the day at the Milwaukee County Zoo, treat yourself to a night on top of the town - literally!

Join us for a rare opportunity when the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee opens the Polaris restaurant for a breathtaking 360-degree view of the city. The Polaris is Wisconsin’s only revolving rooftop restaurant and lounge. Guests of the AZADV Conference will enjoy a traditional Milwaukee fish-fry dinner. The meal includes: chef’s house salad with balsamic vinaigrette dressing, beer-battered cod, tartar sauce, potato pancakes with apple sauce on the side, coleslaw, salted rye bread with butter, New York-style cheesecake with raspberry sauce, coffee, hot tea and iced water. A cash bar will also be available.

Sign up early so you do not miss this amazing experience.

HENRY VILAS ZOO IN MADISON

Open to 100 attendees
Sunday, October 12, 2014
8:30am to 1:30pm

The Henry Vilas Zoo is a 28-acre urban preserve in the midst of Wisconsin's capital city, Madison. The Zoo's mission is to conserve and protect the wonders of the living natural world and build understanding between people and animals through conservation and education. Its highlights include a Children's Zoo, a Discovery Center and Herpetarium, Tropical Rainforest Aviary, and the George Fait North American Prairie. The tour will include "behind-the-scenes" presentations and the demonstration of a radio-tracking device.

Most areas handicapped-accessible

For More Information:

www.vilaszoo.org

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