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Warner Park Nature Center

UPDATE: Fresh Paint and Perfect Floors

Peer through the windows of the Learning Center, and you'll see the changes that we promised! The wood floors, which are over 100 year old long-leaf pine, have been refurbished and protected. Office and museum walls received a fresh coat of paint. The biggest changes are coming soon, when new exhibits are installed!

LC museum empty with new floors

Are you interested in the karst topography of Tennessee? Our new geology exhibit will use text and graphics as well as hands-on materials to connect park visitors to earth science. Perhaps the history of Warner Park interests you? Naturalists compiled documents and pictures to tell the story of Park as well as of the land before 1927. Many exhibits will feature notes of stewardship, tidbits providing our visitors with ways to be more environmentally involved.

Until then, the Learning Center will remain closed. We expect to be open later this winter.

Nature Center programming will continue as scheduled; see our Winter 2018 schedule for more information. If you have specific questions or need a trail map, visit the Nature Center Library located beside Frist Pond.

Please note the Nature Center phone number has changed effective November 2017. You can now reach our front desk, be transferred to a naturalist, or leave a message at 615-862-8555. Our website and social media pages will remain the same.

Percy and Edwin Warner Parks are open every day from dawn until 11 p.m. Maps are available at the trailhead as well as on the Percy and Edwin Warner Parks website.

Our Mission

  • To provide quality environmental education and responsible recreation.
  • To help protect, preserve, restore and manage the park ecosystem and all natural resources.
  • To raise awareness, foster respect and share enthusiasm for the natural environment

Educate, protect, recreate!

Our campus includes the Susanne Warner Bass Learning Center which houses a natural history museum and programming space; the Milbrey Warner Waller Library complete with an extensive collection of natural history titles; the Emily Warner Dean Administration Building; a working organic garden including a greenhouse and a cedar shadehouse; a wildflower garden and fern garden; the Frist teaching pond; grounds landscaped with native plants; and the main trailhead for twelve miles of hiking trails.

barred owlThe Nature Center is a place where people and nature come together.

We serve as a jump-off point for exploring the 2,684 acres of Nashville's Percy Warner and Edwin Warner Parks.

We provide natural history and education reference for individuals and groups.

We promote and serve as a resource for organic gardening and native plant landscaping.

We offer a wide range of environmental education programs, school field trips, educator training workshops, outdoor recreation programs and other special activities for people of all ages.

When Winter Comeswinter hike

Although it's cold outside, birds, squirrels, deer and other animals are active in the Park. Look for animal tracks and traces in soft mud or snow. Watch the bird feeders and baths for our resident chickadees, woodpeckers and goldfinches, as well as winter migrants from Canada such as white-throated sparrows and yellow-rumped warblers. If a simple walk through the woods is what you desire, we offer many guided hikes through not only Percy and Edwin Warner but also the Burch Reserve and the Hill Forest.

The Nature Center campus is a great place to enjoy winter! Porch swings and benches are calling you to sit quietly and observe, while the warmth of the Library building beckons you inside to read a book or watch the birds, squirrels and chipmunks outside.

Check out our 2018 Winter Schedule for free programs at the Nature Center.

Check out the 2018 Winter Schedule

Feel the chill in the air, watch the snow fall and hear the wrens calling in the woods: winter is here! Nature Center programming continues throughout the winter with hikes, campfires, bird walks and more. Check out the Winter 2018 schedule for a complete list of programs. All are free, but registration is required for many. Email the Nature Center or call us at 615-862-8555 with questions or comments.

big snow at Learning Center in Warner Parks

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Hours of Operation

Tuesday through Saturday:
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday and Monday:

Contact Us

7311 Highway 100
Nashville, TN 37221
Phone: 615-862-8555

Fax: 615-880-2282
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