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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: 


Thursday, January 26  
5:00 – 7:00 PM

They are silent and deadly and sneak around in the dark and yet we love them! Owls! We’ll learn about how they hunt and avoid being eaten. We’ll dissect owl pellets and learn how to call like an owl. Whoooo, whoooo’s ready to play?

Winter in the Woods  REGISTER

Thursday, February 23   
5:00 – 7:00 PM

It may be cold outside, but wildlife is out, about and busy even in winter. We’ll go on a walk to find the evidence they leave behind. Tracks, scat, nests and leftovers from dinner all tell the tale of who’s living in the woods. We’ll also meet a creature or two who might leave traces behind. 

Rollin' On The River  REGISTER

Friday, March 24  
12:00 – 1:30 PM

Come experience Nature from the surface of the Tennessee River aboard the Aquarium’s River Gorge Explorer. With the help of our naturalists on board, passengers on this 90-minute cruise routinely see great blue herons, deer, osprey and maybe even the last of the winter’s eagles.