Scout Programs

Is your scout group looking for something different? Zoo Knoxville offers a variety of options to help you work towards badge and patch goals, or to just have a wildly fun time!



This is your chance to have a private adventure for your group at Zoo Knoxville! Great for Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, American Heritage Girls and other groups interested in unique experiences while learning about wildlife and wildlife conservation.

Groups of 5 or more youth participants can schedule their own private workshops with special topics and dates.

  • Advance registration required.
  • Minimum of five youth participants.
  • Ages Kindergarten and up.
  • Year-round
  • $15 per person, including adults and siblings
  • Fee includes zoo admission after the program if applicable
  • One free adult for every five paid youth registrations.
  • 1-1/2 to 2 hours

Program Information

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PUBLIC WORKSHOPS – Environmental Science

For smaller scout groups or individual scouts we offer the environmental science workshop for Boy Scouts aged 12-17 years old. This workshop meets most requirements for the BSA Environmental Science badge. Spend the day digging deeper into the science and structures of planet Earth. Perform experiments, meet keepers, and find out what it takes to really understand the planet we call home.

  • 2021 dates will be posted by February 1st
  • Programs are on select Saturdays from 10:00am until 4:00pm
  • This program involves staff-led activities from 10am-12n and 2-4pm. A break is provided from approximately 12n-2pm for participants to get lunch and complete writing assignments. Lunch is not provided and you must return to the meeting spot on time to join for the afternoon. You may not attend for only half of the program.
  • Advance registration required. Registration for 2021 dates will open February 1st.
  • Youth participants must attend with an adult.
  • Passholders/Circle of Friends Members: $20 per child, $20 per adult.
  • Non-passholders: $24 per child, $24 per adult.
  • The program is designed for ages 12-17. We request that only the specified age group attend the program.
  • Everyone attending the program must register, including non-scout participants.



Looking for something a little bit wilder?

Explore the zoo as the sun sets and everyone else heads home for the day. An experienced night owl will take you on a personal adventure through the zoo to see some of your favorite animals as night approaches.




What if two hours just isn’t enough?

With the Bedtime with the Beasts program, your group doesn’t only see the zoo, you get to spend the night up close and personal with our residents.

We can tailor your experience to meet a variety of merit badges and patches (or just for fun), all while adding more time for adventure and exploration at the zoo.




Service projects for Silver Award, Gold Award and Eagle Scout are available on an individual basis.  Contact or 865-637-5331 x1361 for details.


Questions about our scout programming? Contact us today at to learn more.