Scout and Group Programs

Nashville Zoo is the perfect place for your Scout 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.

Bugs, Biomes and Badges Girl Scout Campout

Join us at for a truly WILD Girl Scout Campout Experience! This evening of fun, friends and learning is designed for Brownies and Juniors.



Night Owls

Available All Year

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.

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. Groups will sleep in a zoo classroom. Includes Zoo admission for the following day.

Night Owl Programs are designed for groups of all types. For Scout groups we offer programs to meet badge and adventure requirements for Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and American Heritage Girls.

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

Backyard 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.

Cost of Program

Up to 15 people, $525 (can include adults)
Additional participants/adults added for $35 each
One free adult per 10 children
(includes admission to the Zoo the next day)


Availability

February 19, 26
March 18
April 1, 8
May 13, 27

Please contact Heather at hthieling@nashvillezoo.org or 615-833-1534 x141 to book a program or check further availability.


Register your group for Night Owls




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. 


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

Backyard 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 Woods

Trees and plants play important roles in nature. As you go into the woods in this adventure, you’ll learn what trees and plants do for us and for animals and why taking care of them is important to our planet’s well-being.

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.

Cost of Program

Up to 10 people, $150 (can include adults)
Additional participants/adults added for $15 each
One free adult per 10 children
(includes admission to the Zoo)


Availability

Programs available by request.

Request a Program




Bugs, Biomes, and Badges Girl Scout Campout

Join us at Nashville Zoo for a truly WILD Girl Scout Campout Experience! This evening of fun, friends and learning is designed for Brownies and Juniors. Brownies will be able to earn the Bug badge, and Juniors will be able to earn the Animal Habitats badge.

Program will include: Badge activity stations, animal presentation, campfire with marshmallows, camping overnight in your own tent on Festival Field, and breakfast. View more information about the campout. (PDF)

Cost of Program:

$35 per person (scout or adult)
(includes admission to the Zoo on Sunday)

Register

Program Dates:

Saturday, June 4 - Sunday, June 5