Nature Nuts

Join Aquarium Educators and guest experts for a monthly nature club!

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. Children ages 5-12 are encouraged to sign-up and older and younger siblings are also welcome.

We meet monthly on the third Sunday afternoon* of the month. Some meetings are at the Tennessee Aquarium, while others are outside at designated locations.
Programs are $11.00 for member children and $16.00 for non-members. Additional children are $6.00 / $9.00. Accompanying adults are $1.00.

Nature Nuts Upcoming Programs

Please Note: Registration for each event closes on the preceding Friday afternoon. All information is tentative and subject to change at any time. Be sure to check your Inboxes for the most up-to-date information in our monthly newsletter. Not on our mailing list yet? Send us your info!

Owls Are Awesome!
February 16; 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Owls generally swallow their prey whole but, they are not able to digest certain parts like bones, teeth, claws, and fur. Therefore, after owls eat, their stomach packs the undigested parts into a ball called a “pellet” that is cast back up. Dissecting an owl pellet allows us to learn about the owl’s diet. This is a great way for kids to learn about owls and to get hands-on experience with dissection. We might even be able to meet an owl in person!

Salamander Ponds
March 15; 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Romance is in the air for salamanders! We’ll go back to the woods of Prentice Cooper State Forest this month to visit the ephemeral pools where mole salamanders breed. We’ll have the chance to see egg masses and larvae. Dr. Josh Ennen from the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute will be our guide.

Turtles of the World
April 19; 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Do you love turtles? We do too! Join us this month for a special guided tour through (and behind) the River Journey building’s newest exhibit. Find out how we save animals from extinction and what we all can do to help turtles in our community and around the world. 

Blacklight for Bugs
*Saturday, May 9; 8:00 - 10:00 pm

The mysteries of nocturnal insects are revealed when we go black lighting along the Tennessee River. The bugs, bats, and frogs can’t resist our lights! You won’t want to miss the fun!
(Please Note: This meeting will be on a Saturday night during the second weekend of the month.)