Upcoming Events

  • Gardening Class

    Apr 1st, 2017
    11:00am - Noon

    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 1: Tools are Your Friends – Take Care and Pruning Fruit and Ornamental Trees for Success.
    • April 8: Introduction to Gardening –  Soil Prep, Composting, and Raised Beds.
    • April 22: History of Medicinal Herbs & Culinary Herbs to Spice Up Your Life 
    • April 29: Kids in the Garden– come and share a read-aloud and help plant a special children’s garden that you can watch grow all summer long!

    The award-winning Davidson County Master Gardeners are responsible for the complete restoration of the Grassmere Historic Home’s gardens. For the last 18 years, the Master Gardeners have provided the manpower, resources and expertise to keep the areas around the historic home both beautiful and bountiful.

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  • Cub Scout Campout

    Start: Apr 1, 2017
    4:30pm
    End: Apr 2, 2017
    9:00am

    Join us at Nashville Zoo for a wild and unique Cub Scout Campout Experience!  This evening of fun, friends and learning is designed for Wolves (working towards "Digging in the Past"), Bears (working towards "Fur, Feathers and Ferns") and Webelos (working towards "Into the Wild").

    Program will include: camping overnight in your own tent on Festival Field, adventure belt loops for Wolves and Bears, adventure pins for Webelos, marshmallows, campires, and breakfast.

    Registration opens February 8 and closes on March 27. 

    COST OF PROGRAM:

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

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  • Gardening Class

    Apr 8th, 2017
    11:00am - Noon

    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 1: Tools are Your Friends – Take Care and Pruning Fruit and Ornamental Trees for Success.
    • April 8: Introduction to Gardening –  Soil Prep, Composting, and Raised Beds.
    • April 22: History of Medicinal Herbs & Culinary Herbs to Spice Up Your Life 
    • April 29: Kids in the Garden– come and share a read-aloud and help plant a special children’s garden that you can watch grow all summer long!

    The award-winning Davidson County Master Gardeners are responsible for the complete restoration of the Grassmere Historic Home’s gardens. For the last 18 years, the Master Gardeners have provided the manpower, resources and expertise to keep the areas around the historic home both beautiful and bountiful.

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  • Eggstravaganzoo

    Apr 15th, 2017
    9:00am - 4:00pm

    Hop into Spring at the Zoo's Eggstravaganzoo!

    Nashville Zoo’s annual spring celebration is back with egg hunts and Easter treats for children of all ages. Activities during the day include 10 scheduled egg hunts for kids, a Zoo-wide hunt for golden eggs, spring-themed games, bounce houses and face painting. Special appearances by the Easter Bunny and Zoo mascot Twiga!

    Activities take place from 9 am - 4 pm. Specific egg hunt schedules are to the right.

    New this year - Twiga’s Sweet Stroll. Wander through a candy-themed wonderland complete with costume characters, bubbles, and photo opportunities. Included in admission, donations toward conservation efforts appreciated

    Eggstravaganzoo (excluding Bunny Breakfast) is included with your Zoo admission or membership.

    Hunt Schedule

    2 years & under - 10 am or 12:30 pm
    3 years - 10:30 am or 1 pm
    4 - 5 years - 11 am or 1:30 pm
    6 - 7 years - 11:30 am or 2 pm
    8 - 10 years - 12 pm or 2:30 pm

    Make your Bunny Cafe reservation now!
     

    Animal fun too!

    Between the kids' egg hunts, enjoy some of the animal fun we have planned for the day.

    Keeper Talks

    9:45 am - Rhinoceros Iguana
    10:15 am - Bat feeding
    10:45 am - Porcupine
    11:15 am - Galapagos Tortoise
    11:15am - Barn Owl
    11:45 am - Tapir
    12:15 pm - Flamingo
    12:45 pm- Porcupine
    1:15 pm - Cassowary
    1:45 pm - Sheep Encounter
    2:15 pm - Red Panda
    2:15 pm - Aviary
    2:45 pm - Giraffe
    3:15 pm - Red River Hog

    Animal egg hunts

    11:45 am - Siamang
    12:15 pm - Cougar
    1:15 pm - Meerkat
    1:45 pm - Clouded Leopard

    Ampitheater Shows

    11:00 am - Magic Show
    1:00 pm - Wings of Change Animal Show
    2:00 pm - Magic Show
     

    Hoppy Animal Encounters

    Keep your eye out for some special animal encounters along the Zoo paths throughout the day!
     
     

    Event Tips

    How to beat the traffic & get to the eggs quicker

    1. Arrive early Traffic around the Zoo is particularly heavy on this day. We recommend arriving at least one hour in advance of the scheduled hunt for your child's age group. Allow plenty of time to park and get to Festival Field.
    2. Additional Parking & Entrance We will open the back part of the Zoo for overflow parking if needed.
    3. Members get through the ticket booth quicker. Membership expiring soon? We strongly encourage you to renew online before heading to the Zoo. You can use your email confirmation to show proof of membership.

    During the event

    1. Pick up a schedule of events at the entrance. This will include times for all activities throughout the day.
    2. Don't forget the essentials. Egg basket/bag, camera and sunscreen.
    3. Missed the egg hunt for your age group? Younger children who miss their hunt may enter an older aged hunt, but older kids may not participate in lower age groups' hunts. Please only hunt once.
    4. It's not the number of eggs that matters. Every child receives a goodie bag regardless of the number of eggs collected. Redemption tents are adjacent to the egg hunt field.
    5. Spend more time with the Easter Bunny. Reserve your spot during our Bunny Breakfast or Bunny Lunch. See details and pricing below.

    Read our blog post full of more tips!
     

    Bunny Breakfast

    Start your Eggstravaganzoo day off right and beat the crowds as you are able to enter the Zoo starting at 8am. Bunny Breakfast includes morning favorites, the opportunity to meet and take pictures with the Easter Bunny, and a special gift for the kids. 

    On the menu

    Buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, sausage, ham, scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese, fruit, muffins, coffee, juice and water.

     

    Seating times

    8 am, 8:30 am, 9 am, 9:30 am
    (selected during registration)

    Register for Bunny Breakfast

    Pricing

    Member Adult - $20
    Member Child - $15
    Non-Member Adult* - $38
    Non-Member Child* - $28
    Children under age 2 - Free
    *Pricing includes Zoo admission and parking.

    Pre-registration is required.

     

     

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    Bunny Lunch

    Join the Easter Bunny in the Bunny Café for a picnic lunch. Bunny Lunch includes a photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny and a special gift for the kids.

    Pre-registration is required. More Bunny Lunch details and pricing coming soon.

    Eggstravaganzoo Volunteers Needed!

    Sign up to volunteer at our festive spring event! We need help with the Bunny Breakfast, egg hunt, games, prize stations, bounce houses, registration and more! Volunteers must be age 18 and up. Groups are welcome but each member of the group must sign up individually themselves and indicate the group in the box provided. For more information, contact eggszoovolunteers@nashvillezoo.org.

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    Thanks to our event partners:

    Kiddie Academy

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  • Party for the Planet

    Apr 21st, 2017
    9:30am - 3:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Join the Zoo in celebrating Earth Day on April 21!

    The Zoo's second annual Party for the Planet event will include: games and activities, special keeper talks, and friends from local conservation organizations. 

    Interactive Experiences

    9am-2pm | Festival Field

    The Zoo's Festival Field will be filled with fun activities and games from the Zoo docents and volunteers. Be sure to bring your old electronics (like old cell phones, small box tvs, computers, etc.) and the Zoo will be recycling these products during Party for the Planet. Plus, our friends from local organizations will be onsite to share tips about living green and how to become involved.

    Participating Organizations:

    • Cumberland River Compact
    • Metro Water
    • Urban Green Lab
    • Waste Management
    • Zoo's Green Team
    • Zoo's Master Gardeners

    Recycled Art Contest

    9am-3pm | Savanna Loop

    Enter the Recycled Art Contest for a chance to win a free Zoo Membership. Art pieces will be displayed at the Zoo during Party for the Planet and judged by a panel made up from members of local organizations. Winners in each category will receive following prizes:

    • 1st - Family Membership
    • 2nd - Four Pack of Zoo tickets with a Parking Pass
    • 3rd- Two Pack of Zoo Tickets with a Parking Pass

    Pre-registration required. Turn your recycling into artwork!

    Conservation Projects from Croft Middle School

    10am-2pm | Education Outpost Trail

    Our neighbors from Croft Middle Prep have been working to complete animal conservation projects of their own design throughout the school year. As part of our Party for the Planet, students will be showcasing their completed projects for Zoo guests along the Education Outpost Trails from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Students will be on-hand to discuss their projects and answer questions about the animals and habitats they have been researching.

     

    Thank you to our event partners:

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  • Gardening Class

    Apr 22nd, 2017
    11:00am - Noon

    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 1: Tools are Your Friends – Take Care and Pruning Fruit and Ornamental Trees for Success.
    • April 8: Introduction to Gardening –  Soil Prep, Composting, and Raised Beds.
    • April 22: History of Medicinal Herbs & Culinary Herbs to Spice Up Your Life 
    • April 29: Kids in the Garden– come and share a read-aloud and help plant a special children’s garden that you can watch grow all summer long!

    The award-winning Davidson County Master Gardeners are responsible for the complete restoration of the Grassmere Historic Home’s gardens. For the last 18 years, the Master Gardeners have provided the manpower, resources and expertise to keep the areas around the historic home both beautiful and bountiful.

    More Details