Scout and Group Programs

Scout and Group Programs

Nashville Zoo is the perfect place for your group's adventure! 

Night Owls

When the last visitor leaves the zoo and the sun goes down, whoooo’s day is just beginning? A Night Owl of course. Experience Nashville Zoo after dark for a WILD adventure. Designed for families, Scout groups, school groups, and churches.

Saturday Scouts

If spending the night at the Zoo does not fit your schedule, we offer scout programs during the day. Scouts learn about animals and our environment through games, crafts and a live animal presentation.

Merit Badge Workshops

Scouts will earn their Merit Badge during this all-day, interactive workshop which includes presentations, Zoo walks, games, outdoor exploration, and live animal visitors.
 

Night Owls

An overnight group experience at the Zoo!

Available All Year On Fridays and Saturdays

Experience Nashville Zoo after dark for a WILD adventure. Night Owl Programs are designed for groups of all types, ages 5+. For Scout groups we offer programs to meet badge and adventure requirements for Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and American Heritage Girls.

Overnight groups can choose between spending the night in Unseen New World, inches away from the Zoo’s amphibian, reptile and fish collection, or in a Croft Center classroom.

Night Owl Programs include: educational activities, crafts and games, exploration of the Unseen New World, a night zoo walk around the Grassmere Historic Home, a morning presentation with two of our Animal Ambassadors, and observing the animals when they first wake up during a morning zoo walk. A light evening snack and morning breakfast are provided.

 

Program Options

Zoology

Zoology is the scientific study of animals. Our planet is teeming with life making it is easy to overlook its vast variety. Learn how scientists classify animals and characteristics that qualify a living thing as an animal.

Tiger

My Tiger Jungle

Maybe you live in the city, the country, or maybe you live in between. No matter where you live, you will find amazing bugs, birds and animals nearby. In this adventure, scouts will learn about animals that live near their homes and here at the zoo.

Wolf

Digging in the Past

Take a step back in time. Can you imagine birds the size of airplanes flying over your head? Can you picture what it would be like to run into a big, bad T. rex in the woods? Dinosaurs and other giant creatures lived and died out millions of years ago. In this adventure use your Wolf brain to test your knowledge on different dinosaurs and learn about the role a paleontologist plays in uncovering the past.

Bear

Fur, Feathers and Ferns

In this adventure you will explore the world of mammals, birds, plants and more. You will learn more about where wild creatures live and how you can do your part to help their survival.

Webelos

Into the Wild

Do you wonder what makes the howling, hooting, whistling, and humming sounds you hear at night? Do you wonder where flocks of birds are going when they fly overhead? When you go “into the wild,” you will begin to understand some of the mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects that live with us day and night and how they contribute to the world in which we live.

Daisy

3 Cheers for Animals!

Caring for animals is fun and important - just like caring for you! Get ready to learn all the ways to keep animal safe and happy.
This program will assist you with sessions 1-5 for the 5 flowers, 4 stories, 3 cheers for animals journey.

Brownie

Bugs!

Bugs help us in lots of cool ways. Scouts will explore the world of insects and learn how they help the earth and people, too!

Senses

You learn about your world in many ways: seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling, and tasting. You use your senses all the time, even when you don’t know it!

Junior

Animal Habitats

Imagine meeting a primate or kicking up dust with a kangaroo. Scouts will learn more about wild animals and their wild habitats and how we can help them survive.

Cadette

NIGHT OWL

Night has captured human imagination since the dawn of time. But with modern-day electricity, it's easy to overlook the mysteries and beauty of the world after the sun goes down. Turn out the lights, tune in your senses, and step out into the night at the Zoo.

General Night Owl Program

A typical Night Owl includes education activities, crafts and games, exploration of the Unseen New World after hours, stepping back in time during the night zoo walk up to the grounds of Grassmere Historic Home, a morning presentation with two of our Animal Ambassadors and being the first to observe animals greeting the day during a morning zoo walk. Have a specific theme in mind? Contact hthieling@nashvillezoo.org for more information.

Program Cost & Availability

  • Programs start at $600 for up to 15 participants (ages 5+)
  • $200 deposit is required to secure your program date
  • Additional participants (ages 5+) or adult chaperones added for $40 each
  • One FREE adult per 10 children
  • Group of 100+? Please contact us before paying your deposit!
  • Pricing includes admission to the Zoo the next day

Once the program deposit is made, a Zoo representative will reach out to you to confirm the details of your stay, including receiving payment for any additional participants.

Select Date & Pay Deposit

Questions? Refer to our Night Owl FAQ. Contact Heather at hthieling@nashvillezoo.org or 615.833.1534 x141 with additional questions or to check further availability.

 

Saturday Scouts

Daytime programs for scouts at the Zoo

If spending the night at the Zoo does not fit your schedule, we offer scout programs during the day. Scouts learn about animals and our environment through games, crafts and a live animal presentation.

Program Options

Zoology

Zoology is the scientific study of animals. Our planet is teeming with life making it is easy to overlook its vast variety. Learn how scientists classify animals and characteristics that qualify a living thing as an animal.

Tiger

My Tiger Jungle

Maybe you live in the city, the country, or maybe you live in between. No matter where you live, you will find amazing bugs, birds and animals nearby. In this adventure, scouts will learn about animals that live near their homes and here at the zoo.

Wolf

Digging in the Past

Take a step back in time. Can you imagine birds the size of airplanes flying over your head? Can you picture what it would be like to run into a big, bad T. rex in the woods? Dinosaurs and other giant creatures lived and died out millions of years ago. In this adventure use your Wolf brain to test your knowledge on different dinosaurs and learn about the role a paleontologist plays in uncovering the past.

Bear

Fur, Feathers and Ferns

In this adventure you will explore the world of mammals, birds, plants and more. You will learn more about where wild creatures live and how you can do your part to help their survival.

Webelos

Into the Wild

Do you wonder what makes the howling, hooting, whistling, and humming sounds you hear at night? Do you wonder where flocks of birds are going when they fly overhead? When you go “into the wild,” you will begin to understand some of the mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects that live with us day and night and how they contribute to the world in which we live.

Daisy

3 Cheers for Animals!

Caring for animals is fun and important - just like caring for you! Get ready to learn all the ways to keep animal safe and happy.
This program will assist you with sessions 1-5 for the 5 flowers, 4 stories, 3 cheers for animals journey.

Brownie

Bugs!

Bugs help us in lots of cool ways. Scouts will explore the world of insects and learn how they help the earth and people, too!

Senses

You learn about your world in many ways: seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling, and tasting. You use your senses all the time, even when you don’t know it!

Junior

Animal Habitats

Imagine meeting a primate or kicking up dust with a kangaroo. Scouts will learn more about wild animals and their wild habitats and how we can help them survive.

Cadette

Animal Helpers

Scouts will explore the connection between humans and animals. Learn how animals help humans, the importance of training animals in a zoo setting as well as service animals, and the benefits for the animals' well-being.

Program Cost & Availability

  • Programs start at $200 for up to 10 participants (ages 5+)
  • $100 Deposit is required to secure your program date
  • Additional participants (ages 5+) or adult chaperones added for $20 each
  • One FREE adult per program
  • Pricing includes admission to the Zoo

Once the program deposit is made, a Zoo representative will reach out to you to confirm the details of your stay, including receiving payment for any additional participants.

Select Date & Pay Deposit

Please contact Heather at hthieling@nashvillezoo.org or 615.833.1534 x141 with questions or to check further availability.

 

Sunday Merit Badge Workshops

All-day, interactive workshops for scouts to earn their merit badge!

Merit Badge requirements will be completed at this all-day workshop through a combination of presentations, zoo walks, games, outdoor exploration, and live animal visitors. Please note, Some requirements may have to be completed by scouts on their own ahead of time.

Program Options

Earn your Reptile and Amphibian Study Merit Badge while exploring the world of herpetology! Learn to identify species out in the wild and what to do in case of a snakebite, why reptiles and amphibians are so important to many ecosystems and how to protect them, and how to decipher between fact and fiction the many myths surrounding these scaly and slimy creatures. Scouts will meet live animal visitors, trek our behind-the-scenes Outpost Trail, and tour the amazing Unseen New World exhibit. NOTE: Requirement 8 must be completed by scouts on their own ahead of time.

Learn about classification of the animal kingdom and then delve into the class Mammalia. We’ll explore the roles different species of mammals play in the ecosystem and what we can do to protect them. Scouts will meet live animal visitors and tour exhibits along the zoo trail.

Program Cost & Availability

  • Programs start at $400 for up to 10 participants
  • $100 Deposit is required to secure your program date
  • Additional participants are $40 each.
  • One FREE adult per program. Additional chaperones are $20 each.
  • Pricing includes admission to the Zoo

Select Date & Pay Deposit

Please contact Jen at jseroy@nashvillezoo.org or 615.833.1534 x160 with questions or to check further availability.

 

Merit Badge Days

The perfect way for a Lone Scout or small group to earn a merit badge

Merit Badge requirements will be completed at this all-day, interactive workshop through a combination of presentations, zoo walks, games, outdoor exploration, and live animal visitors.

Merit Badge Days are intended for Lone Scouts or small groups that do not meet the minimum scout requirement for Sunday Merit Badge Workshops. Scouts from any troop are welcome to register.

Program Cost & Availability

Winter Merit Badge Day - Mammal Study
  • Saturday, December 1 - 10am-3pm
  • $40 per Scout
  • $10 per Adult - Scouts must be accompanied by an adult (one adult can accompany multiple scouts)
  • Pricing includes Zoo admission.

Please contact Jen at jseroy@nashvillezoo.org or 615.833.1534 x160 with questions or to check further availability.