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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: 

Tracks and Signs REGISTER

Saturday, October 14
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

We rarely see wild animals themselves, but we can tell a great deal about how they live their lives by interpreting the telltale signs they leave behind. A walk through the woods using our sharpest eyes will tell us a lot! (meet at the Pavilion at Reflection Riding)

Fairy Houses REGISTER
Saturday, November 18
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

While this may seem whimsically unrelated to nature connection, building fairy houses actually hones observation and engineering skills … and it’s a lot of fun too! Fairy Houses are constructed of natural materials found on site, brought from home or “purchased” at the Fairy Market. The houses you create are left on-site (so the fairies can use them!), but we’ll email you a photographic record of your architectural triumph! (Reflection Riding)


Nature Photography for Kids REGISTER
Sunday, December 10
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Our own Betsy Bowden will show Nature Nuts the basics of composing a great shot, then we’ll go out on the grounds of Reflection Riding and try out our newly-learned skills. We’ll have some animals up-close for portrait work!

Winter Bird Feeding REGISTER
Sunday, January 14
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

This is a great hobby that has developed among nature lovers. It’s a great way to learn bird identification and behavior. We’ll help you get started with some advice and you’ll make something to take home to start your bird-feeding garden. Meet at the Aquarium.

Romance is in the air for salamanders! REGISTER
Saturday, February 3
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

We’ll go back to the woods this month to visit the ephemeral pools where mole salamanders breed. We’ll have the chance to see egg masses and larvae. Josh Ennen from the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute will be our guide.