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Join us for Nashville Zoo’s Home School Days. These engaging programs encourage home school students to learn about the importance of conservation by exploring the world of animals. These are both enjoyable and educational programs that feature live animal presentations, animal artifacts and an activity out on the Zoo trail (weather permitting) that will help students make connections between the lesson content and Nashville Zoo animals.

2014 Home School Days Class Schedule
Daily class schedule
(Session 1) 10-11 a.m. Ages 5-6
(Session 2) 12-1:30 p.m. Ages 7-9
(Session 3) 2-3:30 p.m. Ages 10-13
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MARCH (3/12 & 3/13): Project Feeder Watch (Bird Adaptations) Birds have a variety of adaptations that help them to survive in their environment. Come join us as we learn about birds from all around the world.
APRIL (4/16 & 4/17): All in the Family (Animal Offspring) Join us at the zoo to learn about a variety of babies in the Animal Kingdom while comparing and contrasting how they grow.
MAY (5/14 & 5/15): Going Green (Conservation and Recycling) Looking for ways to live a greener lifestyle? Students will learn how their personal choices can impact the environment and may even be inspired to start their own conservation projects.
AUGUST (8/20 & 8/21): First Impressions (Animal Myths & Misconceptions) Do camels really store water in their humps? Are crocodile tears for real? Come join us as we dispel these and other animal related myths.
SEPTEMBER (9/17 & 9/18): The Rainforest Join us as we explore the many layers of the rainforest and meet some of the animals that reside there.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to truly be a wild animal? Join us for this interactive program and follow animals through a typical day. Learn how they interact with their habitat to survive.


When are Home School Days programs offered? Home School Days programs are scheduled one Wednesday and Thursday of the following months: March, April, May, August, September and November.

When does registration begin for each Home School Day month? Online registration typically begins 3 weeks prior to the scheduled program date.

Home School Day programs list Wednesday and Thursday as class dates, does my child attend class on both days? Home School Day programs are offered on Wednesday and Thursday of scheduled months to allow parents flexibility in scheduling their child's class day at the Zoo.

What will my child do during the class? Classes vary somewhat in format, but all include animal encounters, hands-on activities and time in the Zoo.

Will the program topics change each month? Yes, a different program topic will be featured each month.

What are the benefits of registering for a Home School Days program? Besides learning important life science concepts, participants have the opportunity to interact with other home school students.

If my children fall into different grade levels, can I register them for the same class? To maximize individual learning experiences, we ask that you register your children in their correct grade levels, as programs meet the needs of specified age groups.

May I participate in or observe the class with my child? Classes are designed for children who are able to successfully participate in group-oriented programs without parental involvement. You may tour the Zoo while your student is in class.

May younger siblings participate in or observe the classes? Because programs are designed to meet the needs of specific age groups, we can no longer allow younger siblings to sit in on programs, but they may tour the Zoo with you during the class.

Pre-registration and payment are required.