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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: 

Camo Games REGISTER
Saturday, May 19
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

We’ll dress up in our best “blending in clothes” to play the Thicket Game, Eagle Eye, Chipmunks and the Hidden Trail games. Maybe we’ll get a better idea of how our wild neighbors live!

Creek Stomp REGISTER
Sunday, June 10
1:00 PM - 3:00 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!

Bat Cave Paddle 
Saturday, June 16
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

There will be a special, added program on June 16, a perfect Father’s Day adventure! We’ll paddle to the Nickajack Bat Cave and watch the mother bats come out to hunt insects. This trip involves sitting quietly and patiently in the canoe for up to 45 minutes. No previous canoeing experience is required. Rain date TBD. Meet at the launch site in Marion County. YOU CANNOT REGISTER ELECTRONICALLY FOR THIS PROGRAM! To register, please call Julia Gregory at 423.785.4054.

Mud Day! REGISTER
Sunday, July 22
11:30 AM - 1:30 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. (Space is limited, but if the program fills, we’ll offer another at 2:00 pm.)

Treasure Hunt! REGISTER
Saturday, August 18
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Enjoy this adventure starting before the Aquarium opens. Track down the treasure chests that reveal the secrets of plants and animals. Meet some animals up close and personal. Meet at the Aquarium.