Discovery Center

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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.

Upcoming Events

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Hours of Operation

Tuesday - Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Closed Sunday and Monday.

Closed for:
Thanksgiving November 25 - 27
Holidays December 23 - 25
New Year December 30 - January 1

The elephants' habitats are closed to the public. Visitors to The Discovery Center will not see or interact with elephants.

Parking and Accessibility

Plan Your Visit

The Elephant Discovery Center is open to walk-in visitors, groups, and fieldtrips.

For Families

The Elephant Discovery Center welcomes families to visit, explore, and learn about the mission and work of The Elephant Sanctuary. Admission is always free though donations are welcome. Our education staff is on hand during open hours to answer questions and guide your family through the exhibit space. Maps of the space are also available for a more self-guided experience. If you are looking for additional activities to engage your family beyond our exhibits, you're invited to attend one of our special events. 

Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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Elephant Sculpture Made of Recycled Tires by Artist Alex Lockwood at The Elephant Sanctuary's Discovery Center in Hohenwald, Tennessee

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. 

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Student Pledges to Take Action for Elephants at The Sanctuary's Elephant Discovery Center

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.

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Guests By Mural in Elephant Discovery Center Outdoor Classroom in Hohenwald, Tennessee

Distance Learning

Learn with us wherever you are.

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.

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Student Smiling on Distance Learning with Elephant Sanctuary Staff

Vistation Information


27 East Main Street
Hohenwald, TN 38462


Tuesday - Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Closed Sunday and Monday.

Closed for:
Thanksgiving November 25 - 27
Holidays December 23 - 25
New Year December 30 - January 1


(931) 796-6500 x109

Visitor Information

Our staff is excited to give you and your family a guided tour of our exhibit space and to answer all of your questions about elephants and The Sanctuary. Please call 931-796-6500 x109 or email Laura Roddy at in advance to check availability and schedule your visit. Openings are limited.

To ensure appropriate social distancing, tours will be made available for individuals, families, and for groups of six or fewer.

Please don’t forget your mask! As recommended by the CDC, all visitors and staff will be required to wear a face-covering while inside the Elephant Discovery Center. Face coverings are not required for children two years of age and under.

We look forward to seeing you again at the Elephant Discovery Center!

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


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 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, Joy Owens, at

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