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Nashville Zoo Autism Awareness Day

Date: April 30, 2017

Time: 9:00AM to 4:00PM

Location: Nashville Zoo at Grassmere 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211

Autism Awareness Day at Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

Nashville Zoo is a progressive and dynamic zoological park serving Middle Tennessee, southern Kentucky, and hundreds of thousands of tourists that travel to Nashville every year. Since opening its doors in 1991, the Zoo has grown from a small, private operation in Cheatham County to an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited facility with international conservation involvement. Over 800,000 visitors come to Nashville Zoo annually, making us one of the top attractions in Middle Tennessee.


Those planning on attending the event are able to download support tools on the Zoo's website or guests can pick them up the day of the event. Resources available include:

  • Going to the Nashville Zoo Illustrated (English) Social Story
  • Going to the Nashville Zoo Illustrated (Spanish) Social Story
  • Petting Animals at the Zoo Illustrated Social Story
  • Waiting in Line at the Zoo Illustrated Social Story
  • Modified Zoo Map and Visual Schedule

Description of Autism Awareness Day

Held in partnership with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD), Autism Awareness Day is included with Zoo admission or membership and offers family-oriented animal experiences and activities throughout the Zoo. Guests can participate in a zoo-wide scavenger hunt or sensory tour and close encounters with animals along the Zoo’s trails. Guests can also get information on the Zoo’s efforts to promote inclusion of audiences on the autism spectrum.

Purchase Tickets Online

Tickets can be purchased by clicking on the Registration Required button at the top of the page.


Organization Contact: Chad Fifer (cfifer@nashvillezoo.org)
TRIAD Contact: Lauren Weaver (lauren.weaver@vanderbilt.edu)

The VKC welcomes persons with disabilities.

Contact kc@vanderbilt.edu or 615-322-8240 for disability access information; 2 weeks advance notice is recommended for some accommodations (e.g., Braille, signing).