Nature Play Club

Zoo Atlanta has partnered with the Children and Nature Network to present Nature Play Club! Join us as we explore the great outdoors during this family-friendly program. With the guidance of a Zoo Atlanta Educator, you and your family will engage with nature by exercising your imaginations, exploring independently and learning about nature by learning through it, all within the heart of Atlanta! Each month we will explore a different topic and use engaging tools to bridge science and nature together. Participants will meet at Zoo Atlanta and walk into Grant Park to discover the nature that surrounds us in an urban environment. We hope you come play in nature with us!

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Looking for fun activities to do with your youngest explorers? Check out our Children’s Activity page for a list of fun options for your day at the Zoo.


March 16
April 20
May 18
June 15
July 20

10 a.m. – noon

THEMES:

Each Nature Play session will focus on specific aspects of the environment. Families will learn about nature through observation, sketching, note-taking, and hands-on exploration. Each month families will receive a nature-themed takeaway to build a Family Nature Exploration Kit.

Saturday, March 16 – Wondrous Water
Discover how water brings life to our local environment! You will seek out water in Grant Park, observe what living creatures thrive in and around the water, and experiment with how water moves across the landscape. You will also learn about how you can conserve water to help protect nature.

Saturday, April 20 – Bird Bonanza
Learn about our local urban birds and how to spot them! You will become a citizen scientist as you find, count, and observe birds in the park; create sketches of what you see; and examine bird habitats.

Saturday, May 18 – Incredible Insects
Zoom in to the tiny world of bugs! Find out where bugs live in the park, learn how to identify different types of bugs, and explore bug habitats.

Saturday, June 15 – Pollinator Power
Discover the important role pollination plays in ecosystems! Find and identify pollinators; examine and sketch the parts of flowers; and create your very own seed bombs to help spread wildflowers in your own backyard.

Saturday, July 20 – Tree-rific Atlanta
Atlanta is known for its trees, but how much do you know about the trees in our city? Come take a close-up look at tree bark, leaves and twigs; examine what types of animals live in and around trees; and learn about the role trees play in our urban environment.

$10/family of 4 (each additional participant will be $2/each), this includes a themed family takeaway such as a nature journal. 

$8/family of 4 (each additional participant will be $2/each), this includes a themed family takeaway such as a nature journal. 

Families of all ages 


  • Each Nature Play program is geared toward families of all ages. Please be ready to join in on family fun and exploration.
  • This program meets outside of the front gate of the zoo.
  • Zoo admission is not included.
  • A registered chaperone MUST accompany each registered child, and must be at least 18 years of age. More than one adult can join and is encouraged!
  • Programs will take place rain or shine. Please be sure to dress accordingly.

To find out more about the Children and Nature Network visit their website.

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