A walk through the Tennessee Aquarium tells the story of a single drop of water on its path from the mountains down to the sea...

With the opening of the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute's new facility, we are expanding our capacity for freshwater research and conservation planning focused on a very important part of the Aquarium's story - the Southeastern United States.  Did you know that the highest diversity of freshwater animals in North America exists in our own backyard? Southeastern waters are teeming with freshwater species from mussels and crayfish to turtles and salamanders.

Every drop is important and every drop is full of wonder.

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