Wild Encounter Programs

Nashville Zoo offers Wild Encounter programs to students during the school year to enhance their field trip experience. Enroll your class in one of these interactive programs for live animal encounters and fun, educational activities that involve the entire group.

All Wild Encounter programs are approximately 45 minutes in length and can accommodate a maximum of 50 participants. There is a program fee of $2 per participant (in addition to admission fee).

Each Wild Encounter Program is designed to meet various Tennessee Curriculum Standards and Common Core Standards. To see how each program stacks up, click "View standards" next to the program you are interested in below.

Wild Encounter programs are available August through May.

Programs Offered

Sense-Sational Animals (Pre-K - 1st grade) 

Is it possible for an animal to smell with its tongue? Taste with its feet? See with its ears? These questions and more will be addressed as students are introduced to animals through the five senses. View standards

A Day in the Life  (1st - 3rd grade)

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 and survive. View standards

Animal Wrappers  (1st - 6th grade )

Fur, feathers, skin, scales, exoskeletons. Body coverings are just one way to classify animals. Choose this overall introduction into animal classification or get more specific with a more in-depth study of a particular group. Variations include: Mammal Mania, Reptiles and Amphibians, Basically Birds, Creepy Crawlies. View standards

The Rainforest  (2nd - 6th grade )

Did you know that the rainforest is home to more than half the world's animals and plants? That some trees grow to over 200 feet tall? All this and more will be discovered in this interactive program as we journey into the depths of the rainforest and actually build its layers - discovering its great diversity and importance. View standards

Surviving the Wild  (1st - 8th grade)

The need to survive has created spectacular diversity in the animal kingdom. Discover how and why animals are so different. View standards

Endangered Species  (4th - 12th grade)

Much of the world's wildlife is at risk of becoming threatened, endangered or extinct. Discover why species are at risk and what you can do to help. View standards (Grades 4-8)  (9-12)

Wildlife Careers  (6th - 12th grade )

Do you belong in a zoo? This class is specially designed for middle school and high school kids interested in animal careers. View standards