Never in a million years did I dream that my teenage children would be excited to visit the Nashville Zoo. We took a trip there last month and just walking on the lot brought back such memories of the first time 6 years ago we visited the zoo.
They are all grown up now, but taking a trip to the zoo still brings about the same effect in everyone — fun, enjoyment, and pure excitement.
The Nasville Zoo is located in Nashville, Tennessee and has been one of our favorite spots to visit since we began homeschooling 7 years ago. We use it all the time to bring home some important learning in our homeschool classroom.
The hands on exhibits are always our favorite. We always try to make sure to visit the Lorikeet enclosure because we love feeding them and playing with them.
Kayla loves taking pictures of all the animals. This last time that we were there, she grabbed some good ones of this gorgeous leopard that was playing in the tree above us.
There are all kinds of cool things to see and do at the Nashville Zoo.
Kangaroo Kickabout Hangout:
Kangaroo Kickabout features 4,500 square feet of naturalistic Australian landscape. Guests can view the ‘roos from an outside area, or get a closer experience by walking a winding path through the middle of the habitat. While guests must stay on the pathway, kangaroos are free to wander the exhibit. Kangaroo Kickabout will also include four triton cockatoos, a subspecies of the sulfur-crested cockatoo found in New Guinea and its surrounding islands. Zoo keepers will be on hand at all times to answer questions and monitor the animals and guests.
This is the newest exhibit at the Nashville Zoo. The day we were there, it was closed, but it is open to the public now — so we are gonna have to go back so I can see them. I want to hold a joey!
There are all kinds of cool events coming up between now and January at the Nashville Zoo. You can click here to get the latest news and plan your trip.
Incorporating the Zoo into your homeschool classroom
Using the zoo for your homeschool experience is so fun. We study animal sciences, history of the animals, how to spell their scientific names, etc. In fact, you can pretty much cover every subject by visiting the zoo in one day. We always consider this a full educational day when we go.
While you are at it, if you need help packing a picnic lunch, be sure to catch my video tips on prepping the perfect field trip lunch.
Have you ever been to the Nashville Zoo?