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Portland, Oregon


Conference Site Location

The Oregon Zoo

4001 SW Canyon Road, Portland Oregon  97221-9704

The Signature Event will be held in the Skyline Room.


The Lightrail train stops just outside of the entrance to the zoo, where the meeting room is located.


The Oregon Zoo aims to be a model of sustainable conservation of natural resources and to become the greenest zoo in the world. The Veterinary Medical Center, opened in 2011, gave the zoo its first opportunity to build an entire building using sustainable materials and practices at every step. It is on target to receive LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Read more about Oregon Zoo  sustainability.


The zoo has five major exhibit areas: Great Northwest, Fragile Forests, Asia, Pacific Shores and Africa. Within these large areas are 23 specialized exhibits. Animals of the Oregon Zoo 2,200 individual animals represent 260 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates 21 endangered species and 33 threatened species live at the zoo. The zoo is active in 21 Species Survival Plans.

Transportation to Downtown Portland and the Oregon Zoo

The zoo is part of 400-plus-acre Washington Park in hilly Southwest Portland, about 3 miles west of downtown


Public Transit:

You can easily get to the Oregon Zoo via public transit. TriMet operates light rail trains (MAX) and buses throughout the Portland metropolitan area. Use its Trip Planner to get you to the zoo.

MAX Red Line or Blue Line trains stop next to the zoo at the Washington Park station.



Broadway Cab - (503) 333-3333

Radio Cab - (503) 227-1212

Portland Taxi cab Co. - (503) 256-5400



From Highway 26 East or West, take exit 72 for Zoo/Forestry Center. Turn left onto Southwest Zoo Road. Turn right onto Southwest Zoo Parking Road


Parking is available at the Zoo for $4.00.


The Portland International Airport is approximately 20 minutes (12 miles) from downtown Portland.
Click here for more information 


Ground Transportation Click here for more information



There are a lot of beautiful hotel options in downtown Portland. This is one of the most affordable downtown cities to stay in, with exceptional and unique hotels.

The standard chain hotels like the Marriott, Hilton, Sheraton, Westin, Econo Lodge, and the Crowne Plaza are all within less than half a mile from the LightRail/train station. Room rates in Portland range from $60 - $180 per night and there is no tax.

You may prefer to treat yourself to a unique and unforgettable stay in Portland by selecting one of the hotels listed below. In many cases, they are about the same, or lower cost than the traditional hotels.

One thing we can guarantee though - if you select one of the more distinctive hotels in Portland - their individual personality and characteristics, the culture of the city, the dog friendly rooms, an immense focus on sustainability, and the unique eateries within a short walking distance, will make the trip more fun and memorable.  


Distinctive Portland favorites include:

  1. The Benson - Historic and affordable elegance - pure class and one of Porltand's most recognized Hotels. The Benson was opened in 1913 and has beautiful architecture throughout.

  2. Ace Hotel - Likely the most unusual hotel and rooms where you've stayed. Just for fun, visit their less traditional website and check out the rooms. Affordable with unforgetable furniture and room layouts. The hotel is only one block from the World's largest book store too - Powell Books - in the Pearl District.

  3. The Governor Hotel - Luxery at it's finest - rooms include free Wi-Fi in a hotel that is over 100 years old. AAA members can get an exquiste room for under $149 per night.

  4. The Mark Spencer Hotel - There are a few unexpected places in which timeless European flair, cultured style and Old World courtesy are vibrantly alive. Free Wi-Fi, bid your own room price and dogs allowed. This hotel is in the Pearl District - the most interesting part of Portland.

  5. Northrup Station - Northwest Portland’s all-suites boutique hotel. The Inn @ Northrup Station promises to be one of the most unique hotel experiences you’ve ever had. It is surrounded by fantastic boutiques and world-class restaurants. It is located along Portland’s celebrated streetcar line.  

  6. The Courtyard by Marriott Portland City Center - This boutique Pearl District hotel reflects the distinct charm of our urban home. Near Pioneer Square and the Willamette.  

  7. Hotel Lucia is a downtown Portland boutique hotel where style, luxury and comfort converge. Situated in the heart of Portland, Hotel Lucia is the most artistic hotel in a city famed for pushing the boundaries of creativity and style.


Portland is a city of great variety when it comes to restaurants. You will find every type of ethnic, steak and fresh seafood food restaurant.  Where it gets interesting is from eating at the restuarants that serve natural, organic, vegaterian, vegan, raw foods, and ones that serve only gluten free - dairy free foods.

Portland has over 100 restaurants that serve these food types.The first all Vegan restaurant located in a hospital is in Portland. This is a city focused on natural foods and the impact these foods have on the environment. You will have the opportuity to try foods and food combinations that you have never eaten. 


Explore and dine in the beautiful and unique Pearl District. We are inviting groups to join us for dinner at some of the unique restaurants in the Pearl - Dutch treat. And if you like beer, this is the home of the micro-brews. You will want to try at least two or three of the local brew.


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