Upcoming Events

  • 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.

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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:

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    *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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  • Meet Me at the Zoo: Marvel's Spider-Man

    Apr 1st, 2017
    10:00am - 3:00pm

    Meet your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man at the Zoo on April 1 from 10 a.m - 3 p.m. Marvel's Spider-Man will be meeting fans and posing for photos. Use your spidey senses and fast reflexes in activities taking place throughout the Zoo. Stop by our new spider monkey exhibit and visit the spiders inside Unseen New World for special talks. 

    The Amazing Spider-Man © MARVEL

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  • 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/Lunch) 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

     

    Animal fun too!

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

    Registration dates for Bunny Breakfast coming soon. 

    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. Full event schedule to follow. 

     

    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.

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  • Week of the Young Child - Kickoff

    Apr 23rd, 2017
    2:00pm - 5:00pm

    Nashville’s “Week of the Young Child” kicks off at Nashville Zoo.  Children 2 to 12 years of age will receive free admission after 2pm. Local organizations geared toward children will have booths set up throughout Entry Village with activities and information from 2pm-5pm.  

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  • Gardening Class

    Apr 29th, 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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  • Autism Awareness Day

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

    NASHVILLE ZOO’S FOURTH ANNUAL AUTISM AWARENESS DAY SET FOR APRIL 30!

    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.

    Those planning on attending the event are able to download support tools for guests on the autism spectrum such as visual schedules, social stories, and modified Zoo maps or guests can pick them up the day of the event. 

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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!

    Registration

    Fees:
    $400 per player
    $1,600 per team

     

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    Sponsorships

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



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