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Nature Nuts

Join Aquarium educators and guest experts for a monthly nature club, especially for children ages 5-12!

The Tennessee Aquarium Nature Nuts come together to connect children and their families to the amazing diversity of nature in our own backyards and around the world.  Our goal is to kindle a lifelong appreciation for the natural world. Topics vary month to month. We meet monthly on the fourth Thursday of the month from 5 pm – 7 pm. Children ages 5-12 are encouraged to sign-up. Some meetings are at the Tennessee Aquarium and others are in the field at designated Chattanooga locations. Enroll by the meeting or at the beginning of each quarter for a discount. Programs are $12 child member / $17 child non-member.  Add an additional child for $7 members/$10 non-members. No charge for accompanying adults.

Nature Nuts upcoming programs: 

Birds in Bracelets   REGISTER
Thursday, April 27  
5:00 – 7:00 PM

Song birds are traveling this time of year. They’re working to get settled in a good place to raise some babies. Scientists study them by harmlessly netting and banding them. A bird bander will show us how that’s done and we’ll see how many different kinds of birds WE can find.

Thursday, May 25
5:00 – 7:00 PM

It’s an all-out bug hunt! We’ll see how many different insects we can find and identify. Miss Julia will show you several different ways to catch and trap our insect friends … and then we’ll let them go again.

Creek Stomp  (Registration coming soon)
Thursday, June 22
5:00 - 7:00 PM

Join us along with Bernie Kuhajda for our annual Creek Stomp. We’ll wade right in and use a variety of nets and other collecting techniques, including the Fish Dance, to meet and learn about our neighbors in Wolftever Creek in Collegedale. Bernie is a fish specialist, but we’ll have experts along to introduce you to aquatic insects and amphibians. It’s a spalshin’, cool time!

Mud Day!  (Registration coming soon)
Saturday, July 29
10:00 – 12:00 PM

I love the smell of mud in the morning! Join us for some good clean (uh … dirty?) fun. We’ll go to the Ol’ Mud Hole at Reflection Riding to slide like otters, paint our bodies (and clothes), make mud pies and learn about soil erosion. Wait! What? That’s right. This is the perfect blend of learning and fun and a favorite summer adventure for generations of kids who love nature. 

Why Is That Turtle Beeping?  (Registration coming soon)
Thursday, August 24
5:00 – 7:00 PM

Many things that scientists need to know about animals can be learned by putting transmitters on the animals and following their movements. Scientists also use microchips to identify some animals, yes, just like the kind you use to help your cat or dog get home if they’re lost. Scientists at our Conservation Institute use these tools and we’ll meet at the Aquarium to explore how that happens in this month’s Nature Nuts.