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Special Events & Networking Opportunities

National Conference in Atlanta • March 22-25, 2023


Where Connections Are Made & Relationships Are Established


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Opening Reception

Wednesday, March 22 • 4:00-5:00 PM

Join us at the Georgia World Congress Center for an opening reception to mark the start of NSTA Atlanta23! We’ll keep it casual—meet new colleagues and greet returning friends while enjoying beverages and small bites and a photo opportunity with keynote speaker—NASA Astronaut, Dr. Megan McArthur. The event is complimentary and open to all registered conference attendees. Immediately following the reception, McArthur will share her thrilling experiences while working on the International Space Station in an inspirational fireside chat facilitated by NASA’s K-12 Education Advisor Cindy Hasselbring.

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FREE Event • Movie Registration Required

HHMI Movie Night

Thursday, March 23 • 5:15-7:00 PM

Join HHMI Tangled Bank Studios for a complimentary dinner and sneak peek of the new series, WILD HOPE. WILD HOPE features a series of short films highlighting the intrepid changemakers who are working to restore and protect our planet. Each half-hour episode inspires audiences with stories of bold interventions, unexpected alliances, and nature’s resilience. The screening is free, but please register to attend.

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Morning Coffee Chats

Morning Coffee Chats

Friday and Saturday • 6:40-7:40 AM

ESPRESS-O yourself! Bring your favorite morning beverage and join us on Friday and Saturday morning for an informal get-together with your peers. Share ideas and experiences, expand your network, and connect with colleagues and friends from around the country. All are welcome to attend.


Sunrise Yoga

Sunrise Yoga

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday • 6:40-7:40 AM

Calling all yoga enthusiasts. Regardless of whether you’re a newbie or veteran, join yoga instructor Mary Starr for a gentle warm-up; traditional vinyāsa-style yoga (balance poses, core, strength building); deep stretching for hips and hamstrings; and, of course, meditation for relaxation and de-stressing. Beginner friendly!


Sunrise Meditation

Sunrise Meditation

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday • 6:40-7:40 AM

Explore the benefits of mindfulness and learn how to incorporate the practice into your life. We will practice breathwork together and share in a meditation exercise.


Sunrise Barre

Sunrise Barre

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday • 6:40-7:40 AM

Start your day off at the barre! A combination of the best of yoga, pilates, & ballet, barre strengthens and builds flexibility in a fun, low-impact way. Set to a great beat, we challenge all major muscle groups. Be ready to start your day with a smile with instructor Tita. Beginner friendly!


Field Trips



Atlanta Zoo

Zoo Atlanta STEM Wild Walk

Thursday, March 23, 2023 • 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

$35/person (admission included)

Engage in a guided experience that will explore how STEM is key to Zoo operations by highlighting how animal adaptations have inspired innovations. From the engineering of enrichment for the animals, to digitally mapping animal movement to designing more adaptive robots, there’s much to explore. This tour will highlight the work of Zoo Atlanta’s animal care staff as well as their ongoing research with external partners. Stay and explore Zoo Atlanta at the end of your tour.

Registration is required to attend this field trip. As this event has limited capacity, please make sure to register by noon on March 22. Late registrants will not be accepted. Payment is required at the time of registration.

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Zoo Atlanta • 800 Cherokee Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 20315


Parking is conveniently located in the lot on Cherokee Avenue and in the new Grant Park Gateway parking facility on Boulevard. Rates will be $3 an hour for a maximum of $12 a day.


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Atlanta Science Festival

The Atlanta Science Festival presented by Delta Airlines runs March 10-25 at locations across Metro Atlanta. At this year's lineup of 150 events, you can control a telescope in Hawaii, collect samples from local streams, sleuth for slugs and snakes, find the physics of curling, taste the science of coffee, see the nerdiest fashion show, and dream about the world's fastest aircraft - and you won't want to miss the Expo at Piedmont Park on March 25.

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Georgia Aquarium


Thursday, March 23, 2023 • 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

NSTA 2023 Conference Exclusive Discount Price: $37.99 (standard admission rate: $42.99)

Located prominently at Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta, the Georgia Aquarium’s exceptional galleries, exciting shows, and creative encounters are sure to make this a place you don’t want to miss! The Georgia Aquarium is offering all NSTA Atlanta23 attendees a special conference discount rate. This discount is good on general admission, Behind Seas Tours, and Animal/SWIM Encounters.

Important: All tickets must be purchased online ahead of your visit to receive the discounted rate. No discounts will be honored in person. The aquarium does sell out each day so reserve your tickets soon.

Visit the Georgia Aquarium discount page here.

  • Select Buy and Save
  • Select Single Day General Admission to start planning your visit.
  • Click here to view the Georgia Aquarium Trailer


FREE for All Attendees
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