Virtual Learning Pods

If you chose virtual learning for your children, they don’t have to learn from your couch. They can learn from the zoo! Zoo Knoxville’s Virtual Learning Pods allows your 1st – 3rd grade students to spend their virtual school day outside the house and inside the zoo.

Join the Pack!

Each student will be provided with a socially distanced workspace and internet access to enable them to complete their school’s online lessons. Students will need to bring their own Chrome book or tablet, charger, earbuds/headphones, and any other supplies required to complete their lessons. The zoo’s Education Department will provide trouble-shooting, supervision and assistance through further explanation of lessons as needed to make sure your students don’t get behind in their lessons. Students will also get opportunities for “brain breaks” with their peers through engaging, educational and fun activities such as exploring the zoo, meeting animal ambassadors, talking with keepers, games and more.

  • Available for grades 1st – 3rd
  • Monday – Friday, starting Tuesday, September 8th and then following the Knox County Schools schedule, including closings due to weather, etc.
  • Drop-off: 7:30 – 7:45am
  • Instructional time: 7:45am – 2:45pm including breaks and lunch
  • Pick-up: 2:45 – 3:00pm
  • After care for Virtual Learning Pods students may be available from 3:00 – 5:30 for an additional fee dependent on enrollment.
  • Advance registration required. Spaces are limited.
  • Register by the month, available through December.


For each month you register, your student will be enrolled for the following dates:

  • September: September 8th – October 2nd
  • October: October 5th – October 30th
  • November: November 2nd – November 24th
  • December: November 30th – December 18th


Virtual Learning Pods price per student

  • $500 per month for annual passholders and Circle of Friends members
  • $530 per month for non-passholders
  • Through Sept 20th call 865-637-5331 x8 for a 50% discount.
  • Full semester discount: Choose all four months to receive a semester discount of $120 using the code on the registration page.


After Care price per student

  • $200 per month for annual passholders and Circle of Friends members.
  • $230 per month for non-passholders
  • Requires registration in the virtual learning pods.


Frequently Asked Questions

Passholder Registration

Non-passholder Registration

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