Upcoming Events

  • FrogWatch Training Sessions

    Start: Feb 18, 2017
    End: Feb 19, 2017

    Do you love frogs and want to learn more about the native frogs in the area? Did you know Tennessee is home to 21 species of frogs?

    Nashville Zoo's ectotherm team is hosting two FrogWatch workshops in February followed by an after-hours meetup where frog watchers will be listening for and identifying frog calls.

    While particpation in the training session is not mandatory, it is highly recommended. Particpation in the FrogWatch USA training sessions and outing are free. If you'd like to explore the Zoo before or after the training session, regular admission is required. 

    FrogWatch Training Sessions:
    Saturday, Feb. 18 from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Sunday, Feb. 19 from 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    FrogWatch Outing:
    Saturday, Feb. 25 starting at 6 p.m. 
    ***It's recommended to bring a  flashlight and pen + paper for collecting data. Dress for the weather! Poncho and boots may be neccessary.  

    About FrogWatch USA

    Because many previously abundant frog and toad populations have experienced dramatic population declines both in the United States and around the world, it's essential that scientists understand the scope, geographic scale, and cause of these declines.That's where you come in! 

    FrogWatch USA is AZA's citizen science program and provides individuals, groups, and families opportunities to learn about wetlands in their communities by reporting on the calls of local frogs and toads. Volunteers are the foundation of the FrogWatch USA community - these trained individuals listen for frogs and toads during evenings from February through August and submit these observations to a national online database. Monitoring through FrogWatch USA can be an enriching experience that allows one to connect with nature and also contribute to amphibian conservation efforts. Learn more about becoming or continuing as a FrogWatch USA volunteer

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  • 100K Tree Day

    Feb 24th, 2017
    9:00am - 5:00pm

    Nashville Zoo Green Team is teaming up with the Tennessee Environmental Council to be part of a statewide initiative, 100K Tree Day, giving out native trees. Tennessee Environmental Council provides bare-root tree seedlings at no cost to participants who agree to pick them up on Friday, Feb. 24 and plant them on Saturday February 25, 2017. 

    Guests may pick up up to 5 trees (Redbud, American Plum, Shumard Oak, Tulip Poplar and/or Virginia Pine) at the distribution tent in the Zoo's parking lot between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24.  While it's free for guests to pick up tree seedlings, advanced registration is required.

    Sign up for your trees
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  • Weed Wrangle

    Mar 4th, 2017
    9:00am - Noon

    We need your help! Join Nashville Zoo for the third annual Weed Wrangle®, a one-day, citywide, volunteer effort to help rescue our public parks and green spaces from invasive species through hands-on removal of especially harmful trees, vines and flowering plants. 

    Exotic invasive species, particularly bush honey suckle and Chinese privet, have out-competed native species for over a hundred years on the Zoo’s Grassmere property. Without natural predators, this invasive vegetation has negatively impacted the ecosystem, causing a decline in native plants along with the animals that rely on them. 

    Supervised by our Zoo conservation experts in horticulture and animal management, Weed Wrangle®volunteers will learn, practice, and begin a habit of maintaining an area free of invasive plants and encourage replanting with natives in removal areas. By engaging our neighbors and challenging them to take action in their own spaces, we hope to create a movement that will have the greatest impact on the invasive plant population.

    Weed Wrangle volunteers must be at least 16 years old.

    All Weed Wrangle volunteers must sign up on our online form in advance:

    Sign up to volunteer

    *Each member of a group must sign up individually.

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  • Climbing for Clouds

    Mar 5th, 2017
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Climb Nashville

    Join the Nashville Chapter of American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) at Climb Nashville on Sunday, March 5 for Climbing for Clouds! Bring the family out to climb for a cause and meet some of Nashville Zoo's Animal Ambassabors between 6pm - 8pm. Nashville zookeepers will be available to climb and chat about clouded leopard conservation. 

    The cost to climb is just 15 dollars, five of which will be donated to Nashville Zoo's efforts supporting field research and bringing global awareness to clouded leopard conservation issues. Climbers will also be able to purchase t-shirts for $15.


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