Animal Encounters

Fun Animal Encounters

From a hairy tarantula to a talking African gray parrot, you never know what you’ll bump into in Ranger Rick's Backyard Safari at the Tennessee Aquarium!


Jellies: Living Art

Jellies Living Art
Jellies capture the imagination as they pulse inside specially designed displays next to striking studio glass. Experience the beauty of this unique new gallery.


Horticulture Volunteer

Horticulture volunteers needed at the Tennessee Aquarium!
Call 785-3057 for more info.

You don't have to have a green thumb to work as a horticulture volunteer. Volunteers are trained to provide daily care can keep our exhibits looking healthy and clean. You can also choose to care for the water plants in our tanks and back-up areas.

Work areas to choose from:

The Cove Forest: The shift is from 7:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. The Cove duties include sweeping, watering and spreading leaves to give the cove exhibit a natural look at opening time.

Naiads: Assist the horticulture department with the care and maintenance of aquatic plants in the Delta gallery in the mornings before the Aquarium opens.

Interior Plants: This is a chance to learn about house plants while volunteering. There are two shifts to choose from 4 - 5:30 p.m. at the IMAX Theater or 8:30 - 10 a.m. at the Tennessee Aquarium.

IMAX Garden and Pond: Working twice a month on the garden/courtyard or tending the pond for 3-4 hours each visit (prefer gardeners or Master Gardeners).

If you are interested in becoming a  horticulture volunteer please call the Volunteer office at 423-785-3057 or 800-262-0695 ext. 3057 or by e-mail  You may also print and complete the volunteer application and send to us. We will contact you to set up an interview.