Upcoming Events

  • Autism Awareness Day

    Apr 30th, 2017
    9:00am - 6:00pm


    Nashville Zoo will hold its fourth annual Autism Awareness Day on Sunday, April 30.

    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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  • Gardening Class

    May 6th, 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 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!
    • May 6: History of Medicinal Herbs & Culinary Herbs to Spice Up Your Life 

    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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  • Avian Awareness Day

    May 7th, 2017
    10:00am - 3:00pm

    Nashville Zoo’s Birds Get All the Attention on May 7

    Nashville Zoo will spotlight its feathered residents during Avian Awareness Day on Sunday, May 7 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.

    Educational stations will be set up throughout the Zoo that explore how birds navigate their way through various daily and annual challenges, and both kids and adults can enjoy comparing their “wing spans” to our feathered friends. Other activities include egg and feather displays, keeper talks, docent stations at many of our bird exhibits, and encounters with some of our ambassador animals.

    Keeper Talk Schedule

    11:00 a.m. - Flamingo 
    1:30 p.m.- Saddle Billed Stork
    2:00 p.m. - Birds at Critter Encounters
    2:30 p.m. - Cassowary

    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. 

    Avian Awareness Day is free with Zoo admission or membership.

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  • 25th Annual Golf Classic

    May 8th, 2017
    11:30am - 6:00pm
    Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs

    Join Nashville Zoo for our 25th Annual Golf Classic on Monday, May 8.

    Putting contest and driving range open at 11:30 a.m. and the tournament commences at 1:00 p.m. Once again the tournament takes place at the beautiful and prestigious Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs.

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

    • Green Fees
    • Caddy for the afternoon - one caddy per foursome
    • Lunch served at noon
    • Beer on the course
    • Course contests
    • Awards reception with prizes and dinner

    Join Golf Tournament Co-Chairs Jeff Jacobs and Jeremy Werthan for an afternoon of golf and fun while supporting your Nashville Zoo!


    $400 per player
    $1,600 per team





    Supported by:


    Butler Snow | The Crichton Group | Landmark Bank | Service Systems Associates | Stradis Healthcare | Werthan, LLC

    Edley’s Bar-b-que | Freshpoint Tomato | | DTZ | Dex Imaging | Paycor | EFT Source | JLL | Bloomin’ Brands | Sport Seasons | White Bridge Auto Wash



    Sponsorship Opportunities

    Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Sarah Lingo at slingo@nashvillezoo.org for more information.

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  • Rockin' for Rhinos Conservation Concert

    May 11th, 2017
    7:00pm - 10:00pm
    Mercy Lounge

    Join Nashville Zoo for its second annual Rockin' for Rhinos Conservation Conert, presented by the Nashville AAZK chapter, on May 11 at Mercy Lounge. Enjoy live music and learn about AAZK's conservation programs taking place in zoos around the country and around the world. This event will benefit the conservation of all five endangered rhinoceros species, two of which have less than 100 individuals left in the wild.

    Line up includes:

    • After Violet
    • The Middle Ground
    • John "Jojo" Herman
    • The Bumbs

    Presale tickets are $15 and can be purchased online, or tickets can be purchased for $20 at the door!

    RSVP on the Facebook Event page

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  • Zoovie Night, Presented by Southern Icee

    May 26th, 2017
    6:00pm - 10:00pm

    Join us for a fun family night under the stars!

    Zoovie Nights include games, inflatables, music, crafts and after-hour access to the carousel and zipline! When the sun goes down the evening’s feature film will play on a large inflatable screen, so pack a blanket and head to the Zoo!



    • May 26th- Paddington
    • June 23rd- Shrek
    • September 1st- Zootopia

    Zoovie Cost

    Members - Free
    Non-Members - Included with day-of admission, OR $6 per person if entering after 6pm

    Event Schedule

    6 PM - Sunset

    Inflatables, DJ and games on Festival Field
    Face painting, crafts and concessions*
    Carousel and zipline open*
    *additional fees apply

    Sunset - Movie time!

    Inclement Weather

    In the case of inclement weather, please check the Zoo's Facebook page for up-to-date information. Weather-influenced cancellations will be made by 4:30pm on the day-of the event.


    Please note that Zoo animal trails will close at 6 pm and guests must stay in Festival Field area after Zoo closing time.


    Sponsored by:

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  • Zzzoofari Slumber

    Start: May 27, 2017
    End: May 28, 2017

    Join us for a unique camping experience as you sleep under the stars just a short distance away from the snoozing animals.

    Zzzoofari Slumber is an overnight camp session for families and escorted children. Recommended for kids ages 4 - 12 years old. Enjoy a variety of activities during the evening and a full breakfast the next morning.


    Schedule of Activities

    • 4 - 6 pm - Crafts and Tent Set-up
    • 6 - 7:30 pm - Jungle Gym, Wild Animal Carousel, Soaring Eagle Zipline, Hayride, and Nashville Stars Animal Show (starts at 7pm)
    • 7:30 - 9:30 pm - Corn hole, inflatables, and campfire with hot dog and marshmallow roast

    Activities include hayrides, carousel and zipline rides (until 7pm), inflatables, an animal show, crafts, evening hot dog and marshmallow roast and a full breakfast in the morning.


    Packing list:

    • Tent
    • Sleeping bags, Pillows & Blankets
    • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste etc..)
    • Flashlight/ Battery powered lantern
    Recommended/Suggested Items:
    • Dinner Food/Snacks (to supplement the hot dog and marshmallow roast)
    • Camp chair or blanket
    • Musical instruments (any of you aspiring musicians out there are welcome to play or sing a little ditty around the campfire!)


    Members (age 4+) - $38
    Non-Members (age 4+) - $55
    Toddlers (age 2-4) - $15
    Groups of 8+ $30/each

    Pricing includes souvenir gift for registered children.

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