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: This 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.
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Registration for each event closes at 4:00 pm ET on the preceding Friday.

Island Life
*April 28 
3:00-5:00 pm
Come and get a sneak peek behind the scenes at our newest exhibit, Island Life. You’ll have a chance to learn what makes islands such special places and meet some animals you never see on exhibit. Meet at the Aquarium. 


Wildflowers & Nature Art
May 19 
3:00-5:00 pm
Spring is bustin’ out all over! There are wildflowers, tadpoles, early butterflies and migratory birds arriving to nest. Come and explore the woods with us and let’s find something new! While we’re exploring, we’ll gather natural materials to make an earth-nurturing creation. Meet at Reflection Riding. 


Creek Stomp
June 16
3:00-5:00 pm
Join us along with Aquarium fish experts 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. We’ll also have experts along to introduce you to aquatic insects and amphibians. It’s a splashin’, cool time! Registration Coming Soon! 

Snorkel Big Soddy Gulf
July 21
3:00-5:00 pm
We have masks, snorkels, and PFDs for you to use as we explore the fish life of Big Soddy Creek. We take them for granted and walk right by, but there are all kinds of interesting, fishy friends right in our own backyards! Come and meet them! (Participants must be able to walk 1/4 of a mile on a flat, gravel road to the snorkeling site.)

Keeper Kids
August 18
2:00-4:00 pm
Come behind the scenes with us to learn how we care for Aquarium animals of all kinds. Meet some animal caretakers and do some work the make the animals’ lives more interesting. Meet at the Aquarium. NOTE: Children must be at least 6 years old to go behind the scenes.

 Goldenrod Jungle
September 15
2:00-4:00 pm
The drama unfolds in creek meadows every fall. Some players lure in helpers in order to reproduce. Others take advantage of all the activity to find prey. Some live most of their lives hidden in a flower stem while others hide in plain sight. Location TBA.

 Nature Photography for Kids
October 20
2:00-4:00 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 Greenway Farm and try out our newly-learned skills. We’ll provide unexpected items that will add pizzazz to your photos. Location TBA.

Fairy Houses
November 17 
2:00-4:00 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! Location TBA.