Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

  • City Nature Challenge

    Apr 28th, 2018
    9:00am - 6:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Calling all citizen scientists! Join us for the 2018 City Nature Challenge. Participate in a nation-wide survey by snapping photos of native wildlife using the iNaturalist App. We'll be competing against other cities across the globe to see who can make the most wildlife observations. Animal handlers will even bring out some native Tennesse animals for you to meet along our zoo trail!

    No pre-registration required. Included with Zoo admission. All ages and experience levels welcome.

    You can learn more about iNaturalist and the City Nature Challenge here: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2018-nashville

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  • Meet Me at the Zoo: Star Wars

    Apr 28th, 2018
    10:00am - 3:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Nashville Zoo is expecting some visitors from a galaxy far far away for Meet Me at the Zoo on April 28th. Meet Me at the Zoo is an event series for Zoo visitors that offers special activities and character meet and greets. Star Wars characters will be available for photos and to meet their adventurous fans beginning at 10am. Guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite characters from the Star Wars movies.


    Kids are invited to participate in the Zoo’s Jedi Training Camp, featuring games and activities built to test their knowledge of the Force. Event activities take place from 10am to 3pm.


    Character meet and greets will begin at 10am until 12pm and resume at 1pm through 3pm. Characters will greet guests on first come, first serve basis. We cannot guarantee a one-on-one meet and greet for each guest, but do our best to accommodate the most families as possible within the characters’ allotted time. To maximize your chances of meeting the featured character(s), plan to arrive early to get a spot in line. Zoo staff will monitor the line and communicate to guests when the line exceeds character availability.

    Meet Me at the Zoo is included with general Zoo admission and Nashville Zoo membership.

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  • Gardening Class

    Apr 28th, 2018
    11:00am - Noon
    Grassmere Historic Home & Farm

    Nashville Zoo and the Davidson County Master Gardeners are hosting gardening classes on Saturdays this April. The informal sessions cover a variety of topics, including composting, organic gardening and canning. 

    Spring gardening classes are free with Zoo admission and take place at 11 a.m. at the Grassmere Historic Farm gardens located behind the home. Master Gardeners leading the session will answer guests’ questions and provide handouts, soil sample kits, and other helpful items.

    • April 7: And Sow It Begins:  Seed Starting
    • April 14: Gardening 101: Information on soil prep, composting, raised beds and tool care
    • April 21: Kids in the Garden: Help plant a special garden that you can watch grow all summer long!
    • April 28: The Spice of Life: Culinary and Medicinal Herbs

    The award-winning Davidson County Master Gardeners are responsible for the complete restoration of the Grassmere Historic Home’s gardens and provide the manpower, resources and expertise to keep the areas around the historic home both beautiful and bountiful.

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  • Autism Awareness Day

    Apr 29th, 2018
    9:00am - 6:00pm
    Nashville Zoo


    Nashville Zoo will hold its fifth annual Autism Awareness Day on Sunday, April 29.

    Held in partnership with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD), Autism Awareness Day is included with Zoo admission or membership and offers family-oriented animal experiences and activities throughout the Zoo. Guests can participate in a Zoo-wide scavenger hunt or sensory tour and close encounters with animals along the Zoo's trails.

    Activity Schedule

    10:00-11:15  Open House at Croft House
    10:30-11:00  Animal Encounters at Festival Field
    11:30-12:00  Kid’s Tour at Croft House
    1:00-1:30  Sensory Friendly Animal Show at Amphitheater
    1:30-2:15  Sensory Tour (Meet at Festival Field)
    1:45-2:45  Open House at Croft House
    2:00-2:30  Sheep Visit at Croft House Front Lawn
    2:15-3:00  Sensory Tour (Meet at Festival Field)
    3:00-3:45  Sensory Tour (Meet at Festival Field)

    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)

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  • Avian Awareness Day

    May 12th, 2018
    10:00am - 3:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Nashville Zoo’s Birds Get All the Attention on May 12

    Nashville Zoo will spotlight its feathered residents during Avian Awareness Day on Saturday, May 12 from 10am - 3pm. Zoo guests can participate in activities that focus on the importance of birds throughout the world, Nashville Zoo avian conservation projects and how you can help birds in your own backyard.

    Avian Awareness Day highlights the journey of migratory birds as they make passage between their breeding grounds in North America and their wintering grounds in Central and South America.

    Activities include: educational stations set up at many of the bird exhibits throughout the Zoo, keeper talks, and encouters with some of our ambassador animals.

    Avian Awareness Day celebrates International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD), an event founded in 1993 by a coalition of bird-minded organizations that recognized the need for a unified focus on the conservation of migratory birds. Zoos across the country celebrate IMBD, raising awareness for the nearly 350 species that travel between nesting habitats and non-breeding habitats each year. 2018 is also the "Year of the Bird" celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act - a pivotal piece of legislation that continues to save countless birds' lives.

    Avian Awareness Day is free with Zoo admission or membership.

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  • 26th Annual Golf Classic

    May 14th, 2018
    11:30am - 6:00pm
    Hermitage Golf Course - President's Reserve

    Join Nashville Zoo for our 26th Annual Golf Classic on Monday, May 14.

    Putting contest and driving range open at 11:30 a.m. and the tournament commences at 1:00 p.m. The tournament takes place at the beautiful and prestigious President's Reserve at Hermitage Golf Course.

    Your participation in the Golf Classic not only supports Nashville Zoo – our animals, education programs and conservation efforts – but also includes:

    • Green Fees
    • Lunch served at noon
    • Beer on the course
    • Course contests
    • Awards reception with prizes and dinner

    Join Golf Tournament Co-Chairs Brent Keally, John Lueken and Alex Marks for an afternoon of golf and fun while supporting your Nashville Zoo!


    $400 per player
    $1,600 per team





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    Sponsorship Opportunities

    Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact broberts@nashvillezoo.org for more information.

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