Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

  • Metro Nashville Police Department's Annual Toy Drive

    Dec 15th, 2018
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Metro Nashville Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Division will collect donated toys for its annual Christmas Basket Program on Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16 at Nashville Zoo. As an added incentive, the Zoo is offering a complimentary admission ticket for every new toy donated (limit two tickets per person).

    Metro police officers will collect the toys in the Zoo’s parking lot from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Kids are invited to drop off letters to Santa Claus for the officers to deliver to the North Pole in time for Christmas. Horses from the Mounted Patrol Division will also be available for guests to meet. Located next to the toy drive, the Zoo will offer a selection of toys that guests can purchase for the purpose of donating to the toy drive. 

    The toy drive is part of the Metro Police Department’s annual Christmas Basket Program, a charity drive designed to collect toys and other items for area families in need of assistance during the holidays. In addition, the Metro Police Department is assisting with USA Cares, a charity that supports wounded military veterans and their families. Police officers will deliver the donated toys to children on the morning of Dec. 24.

    Zoo admission is not required to donate toys. Toys must be unwrapped and designed for children 12 and younger. The complimentary Zoo tickets may be used anytime during normal Zoo hours through the end of 2019. Guests must be present to receive complimentary admission tickets.

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  • Meet Me at the Zoo: Santa

    Dec 15th, 2018
    10:00am - 3:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Have you been naughty or nice this year? Find out by visiting Santa at Nashville Zoo on Saturday, December 15th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Santa will be checking his list twice, taking gift requests and posing for photos throughout the day. Guests are encouraged to dress in their most festive sweaters or outfits. 

    Meet Me at the Zoo is included with general Zoo admission and Nashville Zoo membership.

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  • Historic Home Yuletide Tours

    Dec 15th, 2018
    10:00am - 3:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Guests visiting Nashville Zoo during three weekends in December will have an opportunity to step back in time for a traditional Victorian Christmas. The Grassmere Historic Home will offer yuletide tours December 1-2, 8-9, and 15-16.

    The home will be decorated for the holidays with greenery, ribbon, and vintage decorations that belonged to Margaret and Elise Croft, former residents of the Grassmere property whose family owned the land and home for five generations. The tour not only highlights these items but also explains some Christmas traditions that started during that time period that are still honored today.

    Tours will start at 10:00 a.m. daily and run on the half hour, with the last tour starting at 3:00 p.m. Tours of the home are included with Zoo admission. To take the tour, guests are asked to meet on the front porch of the historic home where their guide will meet them.

    Entertainment:

    Sunday, Dec. 2:  Ted Guillaum, Organ Grinder, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Saturday, Dec. 15: Caroling by the American Caroling Company, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

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  • Metro Nashville Police Department's Annual Toy Drive

    Dec 16th, 2018
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Metro Nashville Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Division will collect donated toys for its annual Christmas Basket Program on Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16 at Nashville Zoo. As an added incentive, the Zoo is offering a complimentary admission ticket for every new toy donated (limit two tickets per person).

    Metro police officers will collect the toys in the Zoo’s parking lot from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Kids are invited to drop off letters to Santa Claus for the officers to deliver to the North Pole in time for Christmas. Horses from the Mounted Patrol Division will also be available for guests to meet. Located next to the toy drive, the Zoo will offer a selection of toys that guests can purchase for the purpose of donating to the toy drive. 

    The toy drive is part of the Metro Police Department’s annual Christmas Basket Program, a charity drive designed to collect toys and other items for area families in need of assistance during the holidays. In addition, the Metro Police Department is assisting with USA Cares, a charity that supports wounded military veterans and their families. Police officers will deliver the donated toys to children on the morning of Dec. 24.

    Zoo admission is not required to donate toys. Toys must be unwrapped and designed for children 12 and younger. The complimentary Zoo tickets may be used anytime during normal Zoo hours through the end of 2019. Guests must be present to receive complimentary admission tickets.

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  • Historic Home Yuletide Tours

    Dec 16th, 2018
    10:00am - 3:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Guests visiting Nashville Zoo during three weekends in December will have an opportunity to step back in time for a traditional Victorian Christmas. The Grassmere Historic Home will offer yuletide tours December 1-2, 8-9, and 15-16.

    The home will be decorated for the holidays with greenery, ribbon, and vintage decorations that belonged to Margaret and Elise Croft, former residents of the Grassmere property whose family owned the land and home for five generations. The tour not only highlights these items but also explains some Christmas traditions that started during that time period that are still honored today.

    Tours will start at 10:00 a.m. daily and run on the half hour, with the last tour starting at 3:00 p.m. Tours of the home are included with Zoo admission. To take the tour, guests are asked to meet on the front porch of the historic home where their guide will meet them.

    Entertainment:

    Sunday, Dec. 2:  Ted Guillaum, Organ Grinder, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Saturday, Dec. 15: Caroling by the American Caroling Company, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

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  • American Red Cross Blood Drive

    Dec 20th, 2018
    10:00am - 2:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Nashville Zoo is teaming up with the American Red Cross for a blood drive on Thursday, Dec. 20 at the Zoo’s Croft Center from 10 am – 2 pm. All presenting blood donors will receive a free T-shirt from the Red Cross and one free Zoo admission valid through 2019.

    According to the American Red Cross, someone in the United States needs blood every two seconds. Blood donors should be 17 or older (16 with a completed parental consent form), weigh at least 110 pounds and be generally healthy. Donors are asked to eat a light meal before they drive and drink plenty of fluids. Refreshments will be provided afterward. Blood donors are encouraged to schedule appointments online at www.redcrossblood.org using sponsor code NashvilleZoo.

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization, not a government agency, and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org.

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  • Zoo Run Run

    Jan 26th, 2019
    3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Join a herd of runners at Zoo Run Run! This winter race takes runners and walkers on a 5K adventure throughout the Zoo’s property, including areas not available to the public. Families and children are encouraged to bundle up as they hit the trail. All proceeds from the Zoo Run Run help fund Zoo operations, including providing education programs for children, feeding our collection of over 2,300 animals and keeping our Zoo safe and clean for our visitors.

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    Event Schedule

    Saturday, January 26, 2019

    1:00 pm Zoo will close to guests
    1:30 pm Registration & Check-in
    3:00 pm Race Begins
    4:00 pm Awards and Refreshments

    Please note: Zoo Run Run is a rain, snow or shine event.
     

    Early Packet Pick-up:

    Friday, January 25 - 11 am to 7 pm

    Beat the crowds by picking up your race bib and shirt the day before the race. Registrants are allowed to pick up materials for friends and family members with a copy of their ID (a picture of the ID via phone is allowed). Pick-up is located at the Zoo's entrance.

    The Course

    A 5k trail will take you on an adventure throughout the Zoo's property. Be aware that some of the course is off-road. The race will be timed; interested registrants may purchase a tracking chip.

    Families and friends may come out for a brisk stroll, instead of a run. Have little ones? Grab your off-road stroller and join the fun!

    Please note, pets are not allowed on Zoo grounds.

    Food & Drink

    Refreshments and snacks will be served to participants as they complete the course. Adult beverages will be available for registrants ages 21+.

    Spectators may purchase a wristband to have access to refreshments, adult beverages and snacks either online or on the day of the event.

     
     

    Registration

    Registration opens November 7

    Early Bird Pricing (ends 12/31)

    Zoo Members

    Adult (ages 13+) - $30
    Child (ages 5-12) - $15
    Children under 4 - no registration needed

    Non-Members

    Adult (ages 13+) - $35
    Child (ages 5-12) - $15
    Children under 4 - no registration needed

    Add Chrono Tracking Chip - $3

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    Regular Pricing (1/1 - 1/24 noon)

    Adult (ages 13+) - $42
    Child (ages 5-12) - $20
    Children under 4 - no registration needed
    Add Chrono Tracking Chip - $3

    Onsite Pricing

    Adult (ages 13+) - $50
    Child (ages 5-12) - $25
    Children under 4 - no registration needed
    Add Chrono Tracking Chip - $3

     

    Extras

    Spectator Refreshment Wristband - $10 + tax
    *may be purchased now or on race day (as available, supplies are limited); only needed if the spectator would like refreshments or snacks (spectating at the finish line is free)
     
    Additional T-shirts - $16 + tax

    Only paid, registered participants will receive a cotton long sleeve t-shirt. T-shirts will be distributed at packet pick-up in the size requested on participant registration.

    Additional shirts, including those for children under age 4, can be purchased in advance for $16 each.

    Day-of shirt purchases and trades for other sizes will be allowed at the end of the event if extra shirts are available.

    Please note: Zoo admission is not included with race registration. If you wish to enjoy the Zoo prior to the race, admission will need to be purchased separately.

     
     

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