• Monterey Bay Aquarium VP of Education and Guest Programs, Cynthia Vernon, Elected to Association of Zoos and Aquariums Ethics Board

    Cynthia Vernon

    Cynthia Vernon

    The membership of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has elected Cynthia Vernon, Vice President of Education and Guest Programs at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, to its Ethics Board.

    The nine-member AZA Ethics Board is responsible for interpreting and enforcing the Association’s Code of Professional Ethics, which sets high standards of conduct for the zoo and aquarium profession (https://www.aza.org/Ethics/).

    Conservation education has been Cynthia’s passion and the focus of her professional zoo and aquarium career for more than 30 years. From her early years as Education Curator at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, through my tenure as Director of Education and then Director of Communications at the Chicago Zoological Society – Brookfield Zoo, and now as Vice President of Education and Guest Programs at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, she has worked to create programs, exhibits and other experiences that inspire visitors to think about and act on behalf of the natural world.

    During her career, she has actively encouraged AZA-accredited facilities to evaluate and make more use of visitor research when developing exhibits and programs. That interest led to working closely with colleagues to study the impact of a visit to a zoo or aquarium on guests’ conservation knowledge, attitude, affect, and behavior, which culminated in the report: Why Zoos and Aquariums Matter. She is currently involved with a national consortium of free-choice learning organizations facilitating the adoption of best practices in interpreting the impact of climate change on the ocean. Additionally, she has served AZA as a member of the Board of Directors, the Professional Development Committee (including as chair for three years and as a current advisor), the Conservation Education Committee and the Honors and Awards Committee. She was also a co-developer and instructor for ten years in the Conservation Education and Creating Successful Exhibits courses of the AZA Schools for Professional Development.

    About AZA

    Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science, and recreation. AZA is the accrediting body for the top zoos and aquariums in the United States and six other countries. Look for the AZA accreditation logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. The AZA is a leader in saving species and your link to helping animals all over the world. To learn more, visit www.aza.org.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on September 17, 2014

    Topics: Front PG News

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