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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.

Burch Reserve UpdateBig Beech Tree on Burch Reserve

The Burch Reserve is a new addition to Edwin Warner Park located north of Highway 100, across from the Nature Center. The approximately 250-acre tract includes gently rolling fields and steep forested slopes that are slated for hiking trails. The Burch Reserve Connector will provide public access to the site as well as a pedestrian connector to the nature center. The project is being completed in two phases. The Phase One parking lot is now open for use as overflow parking to the Nature Center. The Phase Two improvements are currently under development and will not open to the public until construction is completed in Fall of 2017. Phase Two includes a tunnel under the CSX railroad tracks and a trail from the Phase One parking through the tunnel and on to the hiking trails on the Burch Reserve. Though the Burch Reserve can’t be opened to the public until Phase Two is completed, the Warner Park Nature Center offers periodic guided hikes of the Burch Reserve.

For more information, check out Parks' Planning website.

Insects of the Night in July

Join Nature Center staff and volunteer naturalists to explore the world of nocturnal animals with six legs, two antennae, and compound eyes at the annual Insects of the Night event! Belmont University entomologist Dr. Steve Murphee will be on-hand with scorpions and a tarantula--just to add some arachnids to the mix. Dress as your favorite insect of the night for our costume parade.

The program will take place on Friday, July 21, from 7-9:30 p.m. and is free and fun for all ages. Registration is required.

Register for the Insects of the Night in July

Questions or comments? Call the Nature Center at 615-352-6299 or email us.

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
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