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Warner Park Nature Center

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.

Warner Park Nature Center in Summer

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.

Hummingbird Program

Hummingbird time is finally here.

Hummingbird program

You've waited all summer, and the time is finally here to watch your ruby-throated jewels as they visit your flowers and feeders! Watch the hummingbirds on the Nature Center campus anytime from Learning Center porches in rocking chair, the outbuildings on a porch swing, or in the Organic Garden on foot. The hummingbirds will not disappoint as they fly at 60 miles per hour, flapping their wings over 70 times per second.

Celebrate Hummingbirds all day with Nature Center staff, volunteers, and the BIRD team on Saturday, August 26. Activities will begin at 9:30 a.m. and run until 3 p.m. Look for banding demonstrations, puppet shows, plays, crafts, and other activities.The Wood Thrush Shop and the Nashville Public Library Bellevue Branch will have booths for all ages. Naturalist and Bird Bander Heather Gallagher will present Our Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at noon; Mike Berkley from GroWILD nursery will speak about landscaping with native plants for hummingbirds at 11 a.m.

Hummingbird Research will begin on Wednesday, August 16, at 7:30 a.m. Visitors are invited to stop by the research table located on the back porch of the Learning Center anytime between 7:30-9 a.m. This project is subject to staff availability and emergencies.

Check out our Research Project and Banding Schedule

2017 Summer Program Schedule

Check out the Summer 2017 Program Schedule for free programs offered in June, July, and August! Highlights include summer eclipse programming, all ages programs every Wednesday and Saturday, drop-in programs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Friday, a family campfire, Insects of the Night, and more! Registration is required for many programs. Please register through the Nashville Events Calendar.

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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: 615-352-6299
Fax: 615-880-2282
Directions to Warner Park Nature Center


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