DISCOVERY CENTER

Visit the Elephant Discovery Center

Increasing public knowledge is key to creating a world where elephants no longer live under constant threat of poaching, habitat loss, conflict, or capture. The Elephant Discovery Center offers hands-on self-guided exhibits and educational programming that explores the many ways elephants shape our world.

CLOSED: March 17 - April 6, 2020

Due to concern for the health of our staff and our community, the Elephant Discovery Center will be closed for the next two weeks, March 17th - April 6. We will reevaluate after two weeks before making a decision about reopening. 

Our online Distance Learning programs will continue throughout this time and we encourage you to take advantage of this program to learn more about The Elephant Sanctuary from the comfort of your own home. Visit www.elephants.com/distance-learning

Upcoming Events

Jun 20
Story & Song Fest

Story & Song Fest

Save the date to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of The Elephant Sanctuary in Ten...

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Aug 8
World Elephant Day Celebration

World Elephant Day Celebration

Come celebrate World Elephant Day at the Elephant Discovery Center and learn how...

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Plan Your Visit

For Teachers

We want to share our elephant knowledge with your students! Plan a visit with your class to The Elephant Discovery Center and learn about the role elephants play as a keystone species and how The Sanctuary's staff care for our resident elephants. Programs can be customized to fit your needs. We require 1 adult chaperone per 8 students. Field trips must be booked at least 4 weeks in advance.

We welcome public and private schools,  home school families, and non-traditional schools to participate in our field trip program. 

Schedule a Field Trip

For Groups

Groups are defined as 10 or more people. Reservations for groups must be made at least 4 weeks in advance to guarantee staff or docent-led programming including formal presentations, guided exhibit tours, hands-on activities, etc. We require one adult chaperone per 8 children in a group. Group reservations are not available on Saturdays as that is our busiest time for drop-in visitors and special events.

Drop-in visitors are always welcome for self-guided exploration of The Elephant Discovery Center during open hours.

Schedule a Group Visit

Distance Learning

Learn with us wherever you are.

The Elephant Discovery Center engages with learners from all across the world through a variety of online distance learning programs to connect audiences with The Elephant Sanctuary’s resident elephants and their wild relatives. Programs include a broad range of topics and content levels allowing students, educators and other community groups to learn about the complexities of both wild and captive elephants and hear the incredible stories of The Sanctuary elephants—all without having to leave your school, work or hometown.

Whether you are a teacher looking to enhance your students learning by virtually connecting with experts in the field, a lifelong learner hoping to enhance your elephant knowledge and advocacy efforts, or a community group seeking an engaging opportunity to reach beyond your town or city, The Elephant Discovery Center is your singular destination for captive elephant resources and captivating elephant content.

Schedule Distance Learning

Location

27 East Main Street
Hohenwald, TN 38462

Hours

Tuesday - Saturday
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Closed Sunday and Monday

CLOSED: March 17 - April 6, 2020

Due to concern for the health of our staff and our community, the Elephant Discovery Center will be closed for the next two weeks, March 17th -28th. We will reevaluate after two weeks before making a decision about reopening.

If you ordered trees for pickup from the TN Environmental Council you will be able to pick those up at the EDC on Saturday, March 21st, 12-4 p.m.

Our online Distance Learning programs will continue throughout this time and we encourage you to take advantage of this program to learn more about The Elephant Sanctuary from the comfort of your own home.

Parking

Free parking is available on Main Street directly in front of The Elephant Discovery Center. There is also a free city lot directly behind The EDC located on the corner of N. Maple St. and E. Linden Ave. 

Accessibility

At The Elephant Discovery Center, we want The Sanctuary story to be accessible to all regardless of physical, financial, or cultural barriers. To this end, The Elephant Discovery Center is wheelchair friendly including in the restrooms and exhibit areas. Captions are provided on video displays for hearing impaired guests and seating areas are provided throughout. We are constantly looking for ways to improve our guests’ experience. For questions, concerns and suggestions about improving accessibility please contact our Education Manager at jowens@elephants.com.

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