Parent/Teacher Resources

Educator Workshop

Through activities involving language arts, social science and math experiences, coupled with community outreach and service learning applications, the Zoo educator programs offer a whole-school approach to environmental education. Project-based classroom applications, service learning and community involvement are encouraged through our educator programs. During this workshop, participants will sample activities from the targeted curriculum and activity guide, and also receive extra materials and ideas.

No workshops are currently scheduled.

Workshop Details

December 2, 2015 from 9 am - 1 pm
Fee: $20 per participant (includes lunch and curriculum materials)

Questions? Email or call 615-833-1534 ext. 142

Animal Adventure Guides

Nashville Zoo's adventure guides are the perfect complement to your Zoo field trip. Created for chaperones, these activity guides are available to engage students in free-choice learning during their visit.

Habitats Guide
Animal Adaptations Guide
Grassmere Historic Home Lesson Kit (pdf)

Autism Spectrum: Planning Your Visit

Nashville Zoo has been working with Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) to develop tools and supports to enhance a zoo visit for families with children on the autism spectrum. Prepare for a visit to Nashville Zoo with these planning materials, such as visual schedules, zoo map with quiet areas and social stories about zoo experiences.

Social Stories to help prepare for a Zoo visit:

Going to the Nashville Zoo Pictures (pdf) 
Going to the Nashville Zoo Pictures/Spanish (pdf)
Petting Animals at the Zoo Pictures (pdf)
Waiting in Line at the Zoo Pictures (pdf) 

Zoo Maps, Tours, and Visual Schedules:

This resource includes a specialized map of the Zoo, indicating quiet and loud areas, as well as other information to help prepare for your trip to the Zoo. The included icons can be used to create a visual schedule to plan your trip!

General Zoo Map & Visual Schedule (pdf)

Wild Encounters Program

Add something wild to your school group trip! 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 an additional fee of $2 per participant. It is easy to sign-up for a Wild Encounter program when you book your school group's visit to the Zoo.

You can see a full list of our program offerings here.

To find out if a Wild Encounter program can be tailored to fit a specific need, please contact our Education Department at 615-833-1534 ext. 160 or