Upcoming Events

  • Docent-led Walking Tour

    Sep 29th, 2016
    10:00am - 11:00am

    Each Thursday and Saturday at 10:30am docents lead guests on a tour of the Zoo. There is a limit of 25 people per tour (pre-registration is not required). Tours will meet between the amphitheater and ticket booth area. There are two themed tours for you to enjoy. (Duration: less than an hour)

    “NASHVILLE ZOO AROUND THE WORLD” TOUR
    THURSDAY AT 10AM

    Did you know Nashville Zoo is involved in conservation projects all around the world? On this tour you will learn more about how the Zoo helps clouded leopards in Thailand, crested toads in Puerto Rico, rhinoceros hornbills in Indonesia, African elephants and more.
     

    “WE ARE FAMILY” TOUR
    SATURDAY AT 10AM

    Many animals live in families or social groups just like we do. Animal families can be made up of just one or two parents, or even a large herd! This tour will teach you about the different strategies animals use when raising a family and the benefits animals get from living with their parents and adults.
    More Details
  • Special Animal Enrichment for Halloween

    Oct 1st, 2016
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    On Saturday, Oct. 1, Nashville Zoo animals will be partaking in their own form of trick-or-treating as they enjoy seasonal favorites like cricket-filled pumpkins and Jell-O eyeballs during a special Halloween-themed enrichment day. 

    Nashville Zoo animals receive daily enrichment to promote natural behaviors and ensure optimal physical and mental health. 

    Most animals will receive their seasonal treat when they are let out on exhibit for the day, while others will receive it during scheduled keeper talks. 

    Special Keeper Talks:
     9:30 am - Rhino Iguana (Unseen New World) and Snowy Owl (Critter Encounters) 
     10:00 am - Siamang (Gibbon Islands) and Bat (Unseen New World)
     10:30 am - White-Cheeked Gibbon and Clouded Leopard
     11:00 am - Barn Owl  (Historic Farm) and Tortoise (Critter Encounter) 
     11:30 am - Cassowary and Cougar
     12 pm - Rhino Hornbill 
     12:30 pm - Africa Field (antelope, ostrich, etc) 
     1:00 pm - Stork
     1:30 pm - Giraffe 
     2 pm - Meerkat
     2:30 pm - Red River Hog and Cattle (Historic Farm)

    More Details
  • Fall Gardening Class Series

    Oct 1st, 2016
    11:00am - Noon
    Garden behind the Historic Home

    Nashville Zoo and the Davidson County Master Gardeners are hosting gardening classes on Saturdays this October. The informal sessions cover a variety of topics, including seed saving, monarch butterflies, preparing for spring, and canning. 

    Fall 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.

    • October 1: Seed to Seed: An Introduction to Seed Saving
    • October 8: Saving the Monarchs
    • October 15: Yes, You Can Can: Canning and Preserving
    • October 22: Fall Preparations for Spring Planting

    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
  • Docent-led Walking Tour

    Oct 2nd, 2016
    10:00am - 11:00am

    Each Thursday and Saturday at 10:30am docents lead guests on a tour of the Zoo. There is a limit of 25 people per tour (pre-registration is not required). Tours will meet between the amphitheater and ticket booth area. There are two themed tours for you to enjoy. (Duration: less than an hour)

    “NASHVILLE ZOO AROUND THE WORLD” TOUR
    THURSDAY AT 10AM

    Did you know Nashville Zoo is involved in conservation projects all around the world? On this tour you will learn more about how the Zoo helps clouded leopards in Thailand, crested toads in Puerto Rico, rhinoceros hornbills in Indonesia, African elephants and more.
     

    “WE ARE FAMILY” TOUR
    SATURDAY AT 10AM

    Many animals live in families or social groups just like we do. Animal families can be made up of just one or two parents, or even a large herd! This tour will teach you about the different strategies animals use when raising a family and the benefits animals get from living with their parents and adults.
    More Details
  • Senior Day

    Oct 5th, 2016
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    All seniors (65+) receive FREE admission until 4 pm on October 5, 2016! Nashville Zoo guests age 65 and over will also enjoy complimentary parking validation during Senior Day!  NO reservations required.   

    The young and young-at-heart can enjoy special keeper talks, rides on the Wild Animal Carousel and unique, educational, and interactive encounters with our outreach animals along the Zoo paths.

    Special Keeper Talk Schedule

    9:30  |  Rhino Iguana Keeper Talk (Unseen New World)
    10:00  |  Bat Feeding (Unseen New World) and White-Cheeked Gibbon Keeper Talk (Gibbon Island)
    10:30  |  Clouded Leopard Keeper Talk
    11:00  |  Galapagos Tortoise Keeper Talk (Critter Encounters) and Equine Keeper Talk (Historic Farm)
    11:30 |  Meerkat Keeper Talk, and Rhinoceros Hornbill Keeper Talk (Bamboo Trail)
    12:00  |  Red River Hog Keeper Talk
    12:30  |  Flamingo Keeper Talk 
    1:00  |  Cassowary Keeper Talk and Komodo Dragon Keeper Talk (Critter Encounter)
    1:30  |  Veterinary Keeper Talk at Lorikeet Landing and Siamang Keeper Talk
    2:00  |  Cougar Keeper Talk, and Giraffe Keeper Talk
    2:30  |  Tapir Keeper Talk

    Weather permitting, lorikeet keepers will be at Lorikeet Landing from 9:00 am - 5:15 pm and kangaroo keepers will be at Kangaroo Kickabout from 9:00 am- 6:00 pm to answer questions.

    More Details
  • Docent-led Walking Tour

    Oct 6th, 2016
    10:00am - 11:00am

    Each Thursday and Saturday at 10:30am docents lead guests on a tour of the Zoo. There is a limit of 25 people per tour (pre-registration is not required). Tours will meet between the amphitheater and ticket booth area. There are two themed tours for you to enjoy. (Duration: less than an hour)

    “NASHVILLE ZOO AROUND THE WORLD” TOUR
    THURSDAY AT 10AM

    Did you know Nashville Zoo is involved in conservation projects all around the world? On this tour you will learn more about how the Zoo helps clouded leopards in Thailand, crested toads in Puerto Rico, rhinoceros hornbills in Indonesia, African elephants and more.
     

    “WE ARE FAMILY” TOUR
    SATURDAY AT 10AM

    Many animals live in families or social groups just like we do. Animal families can be made up of just one or two parents, or even a large herd! This tour will teach you about the different strategies animals use when raising a family and the benefits animals get from living with their parents and adults.
    More Details
  • Fall Gardening Class Series

    Oct 8th, 2016
    11:00am - Noon
    Garden behind the Historic Home

    Nashville Zoo and the Davidson County Master Gardeners are hosting gardening classes on Saturdays this October. The informal sessions cover a variety of topics, including seed saving, monarch butterflies, preparing for spring, and canning. 

    Fall 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.

    • October 1: Seed to Seed: An Introduction to Seed Saving
    • October 8: Saving the Monarchs
    • October 15: Yes, You Can Can: Canning and Preserving
    • October 22: Fall Preparations for Spring Planting

    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
  • Docent-led Walking Tour

    Oct 9th, 2016
    10:00am - 11:00am

    Each Thursday and Saturday at 10:30am docents lead guests on a tour of the Zoo. There is a limit of 25 people per tour (pre-registration is not required). Tours will meet between the amphitheater and ticket booth area. There are two themed tours for you to enjoy. (Duration: less than an hour)

    “NASHVILLE ZOO AROUND THE WORLD” TOUR
    THURSDAY AT 10AM

    Did you know Nashville Zoo is involved in conservation projects all around the world? On this tour you will learn more about how the Zoo helps clouded leopards in Thailand, crested toads in Puerto Rico, rhinoceros hornbills in Indonesia, African elephants and more.
     

    “WE ARE FAMILY” TOUR
    SATURDAY AT 10AM

    Many animals live in families or social groups just like we do. Animal families can be made up of just one or two parents, or even a large herd! This tour will teach you about the different strategies animals use when raising a family and the benefits animals get from living with their parents and adults.
    More Details
  • Boo at the Zoo

    Oct 14th, 2016
    5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Nashville’s littlest ghosts and goblins are invited to don their favorite costume for Boo at the Zoo, presented by The Children’s Hospital at Centennial.

    Join us for 10 nights (5-9 pm) of delightfully frightful fun during our annual Halloween tradition!

    Tickets include : trick-or-treating, carousel rides, hayrides and more.

    Additional fees apply for Soaring Eagle zip line* and concessions.

    *Unlimited Ride Pass holders will be able to enjoy free rides during the event.

    TICKETS on sale September 1!

     
       

    Ticket Details

    • Tickets are required for ALL guests, including kids under 2
    • You MUST bring your ticket to enter the event (tickets can be printed or shown on a smart phone)
    • Tickets are transferable. You can give your tickets to someone else; you do not need to notify us.

    Any-Night Tickets

    Maximum flexibility, maximum fun!

    Zoo Members: $12   |   Non-members: $15
    Children under age 2: Free

    • Each ticket admits one person for one night of the event (any date)

    Buy Any-Night Tickets

    First Weekend Special

    Beat the crowds & save!

    Zoo Members: $10   |   Non-members: $13
    Children under age 2: Free

    • Only valid on October 14, 15 and 16
    • Can be upgraded to Any-Night Tickets after 10/16
    • No refunds or rainchecks

    Buy First Weekend Tickets




    What merry adventures await you this year?

    FALL FESTIVAL FIELD

    Experience a fall festival like no other! Our Festival Field features carnival games, bounce houses, dance parties, carousel, corn pit and more. Don’t miss the Howl-O-Ween Hayride, which takes riders on a trip through the Zoo’s backroads to uncover magical scenes, festive friends and a stop through our famous Bubble Tunnel.

    Story Tail Treat Trail

    Take a walk around Zoo trail and uncover festive treats around every corner. Our candy selection is palm oil-free and includes favorites like M&M’s, Sweet Tarts, Skittles and more.

     
    Enchanted Village

    Get your picture taken with a princess, meet our talking pumpkin and enjoy animal shows and other entertainment at this special interactive area.

    Frightful Farm

    Designed for the super brave, spooky tales and scary surprises await. Take a Dying Traditions home tour and learn superstitions of the Victorian Age or visit the Haunted Barn and brave the zombies that have taken over.




    Know Before You Go

    ANIMALS YOU'LL SEE

    Expect to see these animals as you stroll along the candy trails:

    • Africa Field - open until 8:30 p.m.
    • Shell Station- open until 7:30 p.m.
    • Flamingo Lagoon- open until 8:30 p.m.

    THE SCARE FACTOR

    After dark, these areas may be a little scary for very young children:
    • Troll Bridge
    • Vortex Valley
    • Scary-Go-Round
    • Howl-O-Ween Hayride

    These areas can be scary for young children:
    • Frightful Farm
    • Haunted Barn
    • Dying Traditions & Superstitions Historic House tour

    Food & Drink

    There will be food and beverage available for purchase during the event, but you are welcomed to bring in outside food and drink.

    Beat the Crowds

    The last weekend of Boo at the Zoo is certainly the busiest. Beat the heavy crowds and bring the family to the first weekend of Halloween festivities and take advantage of the First-Weekend Special!

    Regardless of which day you come, arrive early! Gates will open at 5 p.m.




    Volunteer

    It takes many volunteers to make Boo at the Zoo happen. If you have questions about volunteering, email boovolunteers@nashvillezoo.org.

    Sign up to volunteer

    Become a Sponsor

    Interested in having your company involved with Boo at the Zoo? Email sponsorship@nashvillezoo.org to learn about our corporate package.

    Presenting Sponsor

     

    Sponsored by:



    Golden Flake Snack Foods
     
    More Details
  • Fall Gardening Class Series

    Oct 15th, 2016
    11:00am - Noon
    Garden behind the Historic Home

    Nashville Zoo and the Davidson County Master Gardeners are hosting gardening classes on Saturdays this October. The informal sessions cover a variety of topics, including seed saving, monarch butterflies, preparing for spring, and canning. 

    Fall 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.

    • October 1: Seed to Seed: An Introduction to Seed Saving
    • October 8: Saving the Monarchs
    • October 15: Yes, You Can Can: Canning and Preserving
    • October 22: Fall Preparations for Spring Planting

    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
  • Boo at the Zoo

    Oct 15th, 2016
    5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Nashville’s littlest ghosts and goblins are invited to don their favorite costume for Boo at the Zoo, presented by The Children’s Hospital at Centennial.

    Join us for 10 nights (5-9 pm) of delightfully frightful fun during our annual Halloween tradition!

    Tickets include : trick-or-treating, carousel rides, hayrides and more.

    Additional fees apply for Soaring Eagle zip line* and concessions.

    *Unlimited Ride Pass holders will be able to enjoy free rides during the event.

    TICKETS on sale September 1!

     
       

    Ticket Details

    • Tickets are required for ALL guests, including kids under 2
    • You MUST bring your ticket to enter the event (tickets can be printed or shown on a smart phone)
    • Tickets are transferable. You can give your tickets to someone else; you do not need to notify us.

    Any-Night Tickets

    Maximum flexibility, maximum fun!

    Zoo Members: $12   |   Non-members: $15
    Children under age 2: Free

    • Each ticket admits one person for one night of the event (any date)

    Buy Any-Night Tickets

    First Weekend Special

    Beat the crowds & save!

    Zoo Members: $10   |   Non-members: $13
    Children under age 2: Free

    • Only valid on October 14, 15 and 16
    • Can be upgraded to Any-Night Tickets after 10/16
    • No refunds or rainchecks

    Buy First Weekend Tickets




    What merry adventures await you this year?

    FALL FESTIVAL FIELD

    Experience a fall festival like no other! Our Festival Field features carnival games, bounce houses, dance parties, carousel, corn pit and more. Don’t miss the Howl-O-Ween Hayride, which takes riders on a trip through the Zoo’s backroads to uncover magical scenes, festive friends and a stop through our famous Bubble Tunnel.

    Story Tail Treat Trail

    Take a walk around Zoo trail and uncover festive treats around every corner. Our candy selection is palm oil-free and includes favorites like M&M’s, Sweet Tarts, Skittles and more.

     
    Enchanted Village

    Get your picture taken with a princess, meet our talking pumpkin and enjoy animal shows and other entertainment at this special interactive area.

    Frightful Farm

    Designed for the super brave, spooky tales and scary surprises await. Take a Dying Traditions home tour and learn superstitions of the Victorian Age or visit the Haunted Barn and brave the zombies that have taken over.




    Know Before You Go

    ANIMALS YOU'LL SEE

    Expect to see these animals as you stroll along the candy trails:

    • Africa Field - open until 8:30 p.m.
    • Shell Station- open until 7:30 p.m.
    • Flamingo Lagoon- open until 8:30 p.m.

    THE SCARE FACTOR

    After dark, these areas may be a little scary for very young children:
    • Troll Bridge
    • Vortex Valley
    • Scary-Go-Round
    • Howl-O-Ween Hayride

    These areas can be scary for young children:
    • Frightful Farm
    • Haunted Barn
    • Dying Traditions & Superstitions Historic House tour

    Food & Drink

    There will be food and beverage available for purchase during the event, but you are welcomed to bring in outside food and drink.

    Beat the Crowds

    The last weekend of Boo at the Zoo is certainly the busiest. Beat the heavy crowds and bring the family to the first weekend of Halloween festivities and take advantage of the First-Weekend Special!

    Regardless of which day you come, arrive early! Gates will open at 5 p.m.




    Volunteer

    It takes many volunteers to make Boo at the Zoo happen. If you have questions about volunteering, email boovolunteers@nashvillezoo.org.

    Sign up to volunteer

    Become a Sponsor

    Interested in having your company involved with Boo at the Zoo? Email sponsorship@nashvillezoo.org to learn about our corporate package.

    Presenting Sponsor

     

    Sponsored by:



    Golden Flake Snack Foods
     
    More Details
  • Boo at the Zoo

    Oct 16th, 2016
    5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Nashville’s littlest ghosts and goblins are invited to don their favorite costume for Boo at the Zoo, presented by The Children’s Hospital at Centennial.

    Join us for 10 nights (5-9 pm) of delightfully frightful fun during our annual Halloween tradition!

    Tickets include : trick-or-treating, carousel rides, hayrides and more.

    Additional fees apply for Soaring Eagle zip line* and concessions.

    *Unlimited Ride Pass holders will be able to enjoy free rides during the event.

    TICKETS on sale September 1!

     
       

    Ticket Details

    • Tickets are required for ALL guests, including kids under 2
    • You MUST bring your ticket to enter the event (tickets can be printed or shown on a smart phone)
    • Tickets are transferable. You can give your tickets to someone else; you do not need to notify us.

    Any-Night Tickets

    Maximum flexibility, maximum fun!

    Zoo Members: $12   |   Non-members: $15
    Children under age 2: Free

    • Each ticket admits one person for one night of the event (any date)

    Buy Any-Night Tickets

    First Weekend Special

    Beat the crowds & save!

    Zoo Members: $10   |   Non-members: $13
    Children under age 2: Free

    • Only valid on October 14, 15 and 16
    • Can be upgraded to Any-Night Tickets after 10/16
    • No refunds or rainchecks

    Buy First Weekend Tickets




    What merry adventures await you this year?

    FALL FESTIVAL FIELD

    Experience a fall festival like no other! Our Festival Field features carnival games, bounce houses, dance parties, carousel, corn pit and more. Don’t miss the Howl-O-Ween Hayride, which takes riders on a trip through the Zoo’s backroads to uncover magical scenes, festive friends and a stop through our famous Bubble Tunnel.

    Story Tail Treat Trail

    Take a walk around Zoo trail and uncover festive treats around every corner. Our candy selection is palm oil-free and includes favorites like M&M’s, Sweet Tarts, Skittles and more.

     
    Enchanted Village

    Get your picture taken with a princess, meet our talking pumpkin and enjoy animal shows and other entertainment at this special interactive area.

    Frightful Farm

    Designed for the super brave, spooky tales and scary surprises await. Take a Dying Traditions home tour and learn superstitions of the Victorian Age or visit the Haunted Barn and brave the zombies that have taken over.




    Know Before You Go

    ANIMALS YOU'LL SEE

    Expect to see these animals as you stroll along the candy trails:

    • Africa Field - open until 8:30 p.m.
    • Shell Station- open until 7:30 p.m.
    • Flamingo Lagoon- open until 8:30 p.m.

    THE SCARE FACTOR

    After dark, these areas may be a little scary for very young children:
    • Troll Bridge
    • Vortex Valley
    • Scary-Go-Round
    • Howl-O-Ween Hayride

    These areas can be scary for young children:
    • Frightful Farm
    • Haunted Barn
    • Dying Traditions & Superstitions Historic House tour

    Food & Drink

    There will be food and beverage available for purchase during the event, but you are welcomed to bring in outside food and drink.

    Beat the Crowds

    The last weekend of Boo at the Zoo is certainly the busiest. Beat the heavy crowds and bring the family to the first weekend of Halloween festivities and take advantage of the First-Weekend Special!

    Regardless of which day you come, arrive early! Gates will open at 5 p.m.




    Volunteer

    It takes many volunteers to make Boo at the Zoo happen. If you have questions about volunteering, email boovolunteers@nashvillezoo.org.

    Sign up to volunteer

    Become a Sponsor

    Interested in having your company involved with Boo at the Zoo? Email sponsorship@nashvillezoo.org to learn about our corporate package.

    Presenting Sponsor

     

    Sponsored by:



    Golden Flake Snack Foods
     
    More Details
  • Boo at the Zoo

    Oct 21st, 2016
    5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Nashville’s littlest ghosts and goblins are invited to don their favorite costume for Boo at the Zoo, presented by The Children’s Hospital at Centennial.

    Join us for 10 nights (5-9 pm) of delightfully frightful fun during our annual Halloween tradition!

    Tickets include : trick-or-treating, carousel rides, hayrides and more.

    Additional fees apply for Soaring Eagle zip line* and concessions.

    *Unlimited Ride Pass holders will be able to enjoy free rides during the event.

    TICKETS on sale September 1!

     
       

    Ticket Details

    • Tickets are required for ALL guests, including kids under 2
    • You MUST bring your ticket to enter the event (tickets can be printed or shown on a smart phone)
    • Tickets are transferable. You can give your tickets to someone else; you do not need to notify us.

    Any-Night Tickets

    Maximum flexibility, maximum fun!

    Zoo Members: $12   |   Non-members: $15
    Children under age 2: Free

    • Each ticket admits one person for one night of the event (any date)

    Buy Any-Night Tickets

    First Weekend Special

    Beat the crowds & save!

    Zoo Members: $10   |   Non-members: $13
    Children under age 2: Free

    • Only valid on October 14, 15 and 16
    • Can be upgraded to Any-Night Tickets after 10/16
    • No refunds or rainchecks

    Buy First Weekend Tickets




    What merry adventures await you this year?

    FALL FESTIVAL FIELD

    Experience a fall festival like no other! Our Festival Field features carnival games, bounce houses, dance parties, carousel, corn pit and more. Don’t miss the Howl-O-Ween Hayride, which takes riders on a trip through the Zoo’s backroads to uncover magical scenes, festive friends and a stop through our famous Bubble Tunnel.

    Story Tail Treat Trail

    Take a walk around Zoo trail and uncover festive treats around every corner. Our candy selection is palm oil-free and includes favorites like M&M’s, Sweet Tarts, Skittles and more.

     
    Enchanted Village

    Get your picture taken with a princess, meet our talking pumpkin and enjoy animal shows and other entertainment at this special interactive area.

    Frightful Farm

    Designed for the super brave, spooky tales and scary surprises await. Take a Dying Traditions home tour and learn superstitions of the Victorian Age or visit the Haunted Barn and brave the zombies that have taken over.




    Know Before You Go

    ANIMALS YOU'LL SEE

    Expect to see these animals as you stroll along the candy trails:

    • Africa Field - open until 8:30 p.m.
    • Shell Station- open until 7:30 p.m.
    • Flamingo Lagoon- open until 8:30 p.m.

    THE SCARE FACTOR

    After dark, these areas may be a little scary for very young children:
    • Troll Bridge
    • Vortex Valley
    • Scary-Go-Round
    • Howl-O-Ween Hayride

    These areas can be scary for young children:
    • Frightful Farm
    • Haunted Barn
    • Dying Traditions & Superstitions Historic House tour

    Food & Drink

    There will be food and beverage available for purchase during the event, but you are welcomed to bring in outside food and drink.

    Beat the Crowds

    The last weekend of Boo at the Zoo is certainly the busiest. Beat the heavy crowds and bring the family to the first weekend of Halloween festivities and take advantage of the First-Weekend Special!

    Regardless of which day you come, arrive early! Gates will open at 5 p.m.




    Volunteer

    It takes many volunteers to make Boo at the Zoo happen. If you have questions about volunteering, email boovolunteers@nashvillezoo.org.

    Sign up to volunteer

    Become a Sponsor

    Interested in having your company involved with Boo at the Zoo? Email sponsorship@nashvillezoo.org to learn about our corporate package.

    Presenting Sponsor

     

    Sponsored by:



    Golden Flake Snack Foods
     
    More Details
  • Fall Gardening Class Series

    Oct 22nd, 2016
    11:00am - Noon
    Garden behind the Historic Home

    Nashville Zoo and the Davidson County Master Gardeners are hosting gardening classes on Saturdays this October. The informal sessions cover a variety of topics, including seed saving, monarch butterflies, preparing for spring, and canning. 

    Fall 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.

    • October 1: Seed to Seed: An Introduction to Seed Saving
    • October 8: Saving the Monarchs
    • October 15: Yes, You Can Can: Canning and Preserving
    • October 22: Fall Preparations for Spring Planting

    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
  • Boo at the Zoo

    Oct 22nd, 2016
    5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Nashville’s littlest ghosts and goblins are invited to don their favorite costume for Boo at the Zoo, presented by The Children’s Hospital at Centennial.

    Join us for 10 nights (5-9 pm) of delightfully frightful fun during our annual Halloween tradition!

    Tickets include : trick-or-treating, carousel rides, hayrides and more.

    Additional fees apply for Soaring Eagle zip line* and concessions.

    *Unlimited Ride Pass holders will be able to enjoy free rides during the event.

    TICKETS on sale September 1!

     
       

    Ticket Details

    • Tickets are required for ALL guests, including kids under 2
    • You MUST bring your ticket to enter the event (tickets can be printed or shown on a smart phone)
    • Tickets are transferable. You can give your tickets to someone else; you do not need to notify us.

    Any-Night Tickets

    Maximum flexibility, maximum fun!

    Zoo Members: $12   |   Non-members: $15
    Children under age 2: Free

    • Each ticket admits one person for one night of the event (any date)

    Buy Any-Night Tickets

    First Weekend Special

    Beat the crowds & save!

    Zoo Members: $10   |   Non-members: $13
    Children under age 2: Free

    • Only valid on October 14, 15 and 16
    • Can be upgraded to Any-Night Tickets after 10/16
    • No refunds or rainchecks

    Buy First Weekend Tickets




    What merry adventures await you this year?

    FALL FESTIVAL FIELD

    Experience a fall festival like no other! Our Festival Field features carnival games, bounce houses, dance parties, carousel, corn pit and more. Don’t miss the Howl-O-Ween Hayride, which takes riders on a trip through the Zoo’s backroads to uncover magical scenes, festive friends and a stop through our famous Bubble Tunnel.

    Story Tail Treat Trail

    Take a walk around Zoo trail and uncover festive treats around every corner. Our candy selection is palm oil-free and includes favorites like M&M’s, Sweet Tarts, Skittles and more.

     
    Enchanted Village

    Get your picture taken with a princess, meet our talking pumpkin and enjoy animal shows and other entertainment at this special interactive area.

    Frightful Farm

    Designed for the super brave, spooky tales and scary surprises await. Take a Dying Traditions home tour and learn superstitions of the Victorian Age or visit the Haunted Barn and brave the zombies that have taken over.




    Know Before You Go

    ANIMALS YOU'LL SEE

    Expect to see these animals as you stroll along the candy trails:

    • Africa Field - open until 8:30 p.m.
    • Shell Station- open until 7:30 p.m.
    • Flamingo Lagoon- open until 8:30 p.m.

    THE SCARE FACTOR

    After dark, these areas may be a little scary for very young children:
    • Troll Bridge
    • Vortex Valley
    • Scary-Go-Round
    • Howl-O-Ween Hayride

    These areas can be scary for young children:
    • Frightful Farm
    • Haunted Barn
    • Dying Traditions & Superstitions Historic House tour

    Food & Drink

    There will be food and beverage available for purchase during the event, but you are welcomed to bring in outside food and drink.

    Beat the Crowds

    The last weekend of Boo at the Zoo is certainly the busiest. Beat the heavy crowds and bring the family to the first weekend of Halloween festivities and take advantage of the First-Weekend Special!

    Regardless of which day you come, arrive early! Gates will open at 5 p.m.




    Volunteer

    It takes many volunteers to make Boo at the Zoo happen. If you have questions about volunteering, email boovolunteers@nashvillezoo.org.

    Sign up to volunteer

    Become a Sponsor

    Interested in having your company involved with Boo at the Zoo? Email sponsorship@nashvillezoo.org to learn about our corporate package.

    Presenting Sponsor

     

    Sponsored by:



    Golden Flake Snack Foods
     
    More Details
  • Boo at the Zoo

    Oct 23rd, 2016
    5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Nashville’s littlest ghosts and goblins are invited to don their favorite costume for Boo at the Zoo, presented by The Children’s Hospital at Centennial.

    Join us for 10 nights (5-9 pm) of delightfully frightful fun during our annual Halloween tradition!

    Tickets include : trick-or-treating, carousel rides, hayrides and more.

    Additional fees apply for Soaring Eagle zip line* and concessions.

    *Unlimited Ride Pass holders will be able to enjoy free rides during the event.

    TICKETS on sale September 1!

     
       

    Ticket Details

    • Tickets are required for ALL guests, including kids under 2
    • You MUST bring your ticket to enter the event (tickets can be printed or shown on a smart phone)
    • Tickets are transferable. You can give your tickets to someone else; you do not need to notify us.

    Any-Night Tickets

    Maximum flexibility, maximum fun!

    Zoo Members: $12   |   Non-members: $15
    Children under age 2: Free

    • Each ticket admits one person for one night of the event (any date)

    Buy Any-Night Tickets

    First Weekend Special

    Beat the crowds & save!

    Zoo Members: $10   |   Non-members: $13
    Children under age 2: Free

    • Only valid on October 14, 15 and 16
    • Can be upgraded to Any-Night Tickets after 10/16
    • No refunds or rainchecks

    Buy First Weekend Tickets




    What merry adventures await you this year?

    FALL FESTIVAL FIELD

    Experience a fall festival like no other! Our Festival Field features carnival games, bounce houses, dance parties, carousel, corn pit and more. Don’t miss the Howl-O-Ween Hayride, which takes riders on a trip through the Zoo’s backroads to uncover magical scenes, festive friends and a stop through our famous Bubble Tunnel.

    Story Tail Treat Trail

    Take a walk around Zoo trail and uncover festive treats around every corner. Our candy selection is palm oil-free and includes favorites like M&M’s, Sweet Tarts, Skittles and more.

     
    Enchanted Village

    Get your picture taken with a princess, meet our talking pumpkin and enjoy animal shows and other entertainment at this special interactive area.

    Frightful Farm

    Designed for the super brave, spooky tales and scary surprises await. Take a Dying Traditions home tour and learn superstitions of the Victorian Age or visit the Haunted Barn and brave the zombies that have taken over.




    Know Before You Go

    ANIMALS YOU'LL SEE

    Expect to see these animals as you stroll along the candy trails:

    • Africa Field - open until 8:30 p.m.
    • Shell Station- open until 7:30 p.m.
    • Flamingo Lagoon- open until 8:30 p.m.

    THE SCARE FACTOR

    After dark, these areas may be a little scary for very young children:
    • Troll Bridge
    • Vortex Valley
    • Scary-Go-Round
    • Howl-O-Ween Hayride

    These areas can be scary for young children:
    • Frightful Farm
    • Haunted Barn
    • Dying Traditions & Superstitions Historic House tour

    Food & Drink

    There will be food and beverage available for purchase during the event, but you are welcomed to bring in outside food and drink.

    Beat the Crowds

    The last weekend of Boo at the Zoo is certainly the busiest. Beat the heavy crowds and bring the family to the first weekend of Halloween festivities and take advantage of the First-Weekend Special!

    Regardless of which day you come, arrive early! Gates will open at 5 p.m.




    Volunteer

    It takes many volunteers to make Boo at the Zoo happen. If you have questions about volunteering, email boovolunteers@nashvillezoo.org.

    Sign up to volunteer

    Become a Sponsor

    Interested in having your company involved with Boo at the Zoo? Email sponsorship@nashvillezoo.org to learn about our corporate package.

    Presenting Sponsor

     

    Sponsored by:



    Golden Flake Snack Foods
     
    More Details
  • Boo at the Zoo

    Oct 27th, 2016
    5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Nashville’s littlest ghosts and goblins are invited to don their favorite costume for Boo at the Zoo, presented by The Children’s Hospital at Centennial.

    Join us for 10 nights (5-9 pm) of delightfully frightful fun during our annual Halloween tradition!

    Tickets include : trick-or-treating, carousel rides, hayrides and more.

    Additional fees apply for Soaring Eagle zip line* and concessions.

    *Unlimited Ride Pass holders will be able to enjoy free rides during the event.

    TICKETS on sale September 1!

     
       

    Ticket Details

    • Tickets are required for ALL guests, including kids under 2
    • You MUST bring your ticket to enter the event (tickets can be printed or shown on a smart phone)
    • Tickets are transferable. You can give your tickets to someone else; you do not need to notify us.

    Any-Night Tickets

    Maximum flexibility, maximum fun!

    Zoo Members: $12   |   Non-members: $15
    Children under age 2: Free

    • Each ticket admits one person for one night of the event (any date)

    Buy Any-Night Tickets

    First Weekend Special

    Beat the crowds & save!

    Zoo Members: $10   |   Non-members: $13
    Children under age 2: Free

    • Only valid on October 14, 15 and 16
    • Can be upgraded to Any-Night Tickets after 10/16
    • No refunds or rainchecks

    Buy First Weekend Tickets




    What merry adventures await you this year?

    FALL FESTIVAL FIELD

    Experience a fall festival like no other! Our Festival Field features carnival games, bounce houses, dance parties, carousel, corn pit and more. Don’t miss the Howl-O-Ween Hayride, which takes riders on a trip through the Zoo’s backroads to uncover magical scenes, festive friends and a stop through our famous Bubble Tunnel.

    Story Tail Treat Trail

    Take a walk around Zoo trail and uncover festive treats around every corner. Our candy selection is palm oil-free and includes favorites like M&M’s, Sweet Tarts, Skittles and more.

     
    Enchanted Village

    Get your picture taken with a princess, meet our talking pumpkin and enjoy animal shows and other entertainment at this special interactive area.

    Frightful Farm

    Designed for the super brave, spooky tales and scary surprises await. Take a Dying Traditions home tour and learn superstitions of the Victorian Age or visit the Haunted Barn and brave the zombies that have taken over.




    Know Before You Go

    ANIMALS YOU'LL SEE

    Expect to see these animals as you stroll along the candy trails:

    • Africa Field - open until 8:30 p.m.
    • Shell Station- open until 7:30 p.m.
    • Flamingo Lagoon- open until 8:30 p.m.

    THE SCARE FACTOR

    After dark, these areas may be a little scary for very young children:
    • Troll Bridge
    • Vortex Valley
    • Scary-Go-Round
    • Howl-O-Ween Hayride

    These areas can be scary for young children:
    • Frightful Farm
    • Haunted Barn
    • Dying Traditions & Superstitions Historic House tour

    Food & Drink

    There will be food and beverage available for purchase during the event, but you are welcomed to bring in outside food and drink.

    Beat the Crowds

    The last weekend of Boo at the Zoo is certainly the busiest. Beat the heavy crowds and bring the family to the first weekend of Halloween festivities and take advantage of the First-Weekend Special!

    Regardless of which day you come, arrive early! Gates will open at 5 p.m.




    Volunteer

    It takes many volunteers to make Boo at the Zoo happen. If you have questions about volunteering, email boovolunteers@nashvillezoo.org.

    Sign up to volunteer

    Become a Sponsor

    Interested in having your company involved with Boo at the Zoo? Email sponsorship@nashvillezoo.org to learn about our corporate package.

    Presenting Sponsor

     

    Sponsored by:



    Golden Flake Snack Foods
     
    More Details