Upcoming Events

  • Teddy Bear Clinic

    Feb 11th, 2017
    10:00am - 3:00pm

    Children are invited to bring their favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal friend to Nashville Zoo’s second annual Teddy Bear Clinic on Saturday, February 11 in the Zoo’s Croft Center. The Nashville Zoo Veterinary Department will be on call from 10:00am – 3:00pm to perform routine checkups on your child’s stuffed animal. The clinic is FREE with zoo admission. No registration is necessary.

    Other activities include Beary Fun Facts, Bear Bones X-Ray station, Bear Care Clinic where kids can dress up like a veterinarian, enjoy story time in our Cub Corner (located at the Teddy Bear Café, also in the Croft Center), Scavenge like a Bear (scavenger hunt), and more. Children will receive a certificate of “Beary Good Health.”

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  • Great Backyard Bird Count

    Feb 12th, 2017
    11:00am - 1:00pm

    Nashville Zoo will be hosting a program on Feb. 12 from 11am-1pm for those who love birds and are interested in learning more about the Great Backyard Bird Count, how you can participate, and the basic skills for successful bird counting.

    Spend some time along the Zoo trails practicing bird counting using birding identification tools, learn about the Zoo’s global bird conservation projects, and listen to a presentation from Cyndi Routledge, master hummingbird bander from Southeastern Avian Research.

     Participation in the program is included with zoo admission.

    The Great Backyard Bird Count is a citizen science project where people from around the world count birds for 15 minutes a day from February 17-20. The data you collect is used to assist researchers in tracking bird migrations and getting population counts of different species. In 2016, there were over 160,000 participants that helped count nearly 6,000 species of birds. Learn more about how to join the fun.

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  • Valentine's Day Animal Enrichment

    Feb 14th, 2017
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    Nashville Zoo animals are celebrating Valentine’s Day with special enrichment items on Tuesday, Feb. 14. 

    “Valentine’s Day is a chance for our animals to receive new items and toys for enrichment, and for our keepers to have a little fun,” said Jac Menish, curator of behavioral husbandry at Nashville Zoo. “Cardboard in the shape of candy kisses, purple and red paper mache balls, and pink paper chains are just a few of the sweet items the animals will be enjoying during the day.” Nashville Zoo uses daily enrichment to promote natural behaviors in the animals, ensuring optimal physical and mental health. 

    Animals that guests can expect to see on exhibit during this time of year will receive their enrichment when they go on exhibit on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

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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:

    Sign up to volunteer

    *Each member of a group must sign up individually.

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  • Cub Scout Campout

    Start: Apr 1, 2017
    End: Apr 2, 2017

    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. 


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

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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.

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


    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:

    Baby+Company | Publix Supermarket Charities

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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. 

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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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