Parent/Teacher Resources

Parent/Teacher Resources

Educator Workshop

Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is an international, interdisciplinary, water science and education program for formal and non-formal educators of K-8 students. In Tennessee, the mission of Project WET is to help teachers provide water education to their students with the goal of helping them become better environmental stewards.

Project WILD (Wildlife In Learning Design) is one of the most widely used conservation and environmental education programs for K-12 educators. In Tennessee, the mission of Project WILD is to help teachers provide education about wildlife and habitats to their students with the goal of helping them become better environmental stewards. This professional training workshop provides tools and activities for formal and informal educators to integrate wildlife related topics into their classroom or program.

During this 6 hour workshop, participants will sample activities from the curriculum and activity guides, and also receive extra materials and ideas.

Workshop Details

No workshops are currently scheduled.

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:

My Day at Nashville Zoo (pdf) | Spanish (pdf)
Animal Shows (pdf) | Spanish (pdf)
Lorikeet Landing (pdf) | Spanish (pdf)
Touching Animals (pdf) | Spanish (pdf)
Waiting in Line (pdf) | Spanish (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!

Visual Schedule (pdf) | Spanish (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. 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. 142 or