Community Outreach Program

Community Outreach Program

The Tennessee Aquarium is pleased to offer the Community Outreach Program to area non-profit organizations.

The mission of the Tennessee Aquarium is to “connect people with nature and empower them to make informed decisions about water and wildlife.”  We are committed to providing an opportunity for our community to experience that mission in action. The Community Outreach Program allows area non-profits to share the Aquarium experience with the people they serve. 

Award Details and Eligibility
• Open to 501(c)(3) organizations in Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia.
• Each awarded organization will receive entry for a group of 15 to 40 people to the River Journey and Ocean Journey buildings. The group must visit during the designated period of Nov. 15 – April 30, 2018. 
• Based on group size and age of guests, groups may choose to add a Behind-the- Scenes Tour, Animal Encounter or Career Talk for a weekday visit.
• Groups may also apply for transportation reimbursement (up to $200 per bus with a valid receipt or invoice).
• Reservations are subject to availability and must be made at least two weeks in advance.
• Awarded organizations must submit a brief evaluation (and photos if available) after their visit – the evaluation form will be provided with the group reservation details. 
• Aquarium staff will notify all applicants of award decisions and the reservation process via email.


Application open on October 25, 2017
Applications due to the Tennessee Aquarium November 10, 2017
Applicants notified of award & specific instructions for group reservation November 15, 2017
Aquarium visitation period November 20, 2017 - May 15, 2018
Evaluation due to Tennessee Aquarium Within two weeks after visit

If you have any questions about this program, please email Mara-Lynne Payne, Manager of Diversity & Inclusion.

Community Outreach Program Application