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Parks and Recreation

Warner Park Nature Center

Warner Park Nature Center is an environmental education and recreation facility of the Nashville Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation, Karl Dean, Mayor. The Nature Center is a place where people and nature come together.

Kids at PondWe serve as a jump-off point for exploring the 2684 acres of Nashville's Percy Warner and Edwin Warner Parks.

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.

We serve as a natural history and education reference center for individuals and groups.

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

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.

Our MissionBarred Owl in Tree

  • 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

Our Public Programs

The Nature Center offers free, hands-on programs for all ages. See our winter schedule of programs for dates and descriptions. See you soon!

December Classes

Learn about the birds, the bees, the trees and more at our free classes offered throughout December!

Call 615-352-6299 to register for these programs offered at the Nature Center.

Snow scene in the woods

Winter Celebration!

Saturday, December 20th
3:30-5:30 p.m.

Snow scene

Join us as we celebrate the Winter Solstice by watching the sunset on one of the shortest days of the year, enjoying winter stories, warming up by the fire, and walking through the woods on a luminary-let pathway.  Call 615-352-6299 for more information and to register for this special program.

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
(615) 352-6299 phone
(615) 880-2282 fax
Directions to Warner Park Nature Center


Hill Forest hikes are going on now!

Winter is the perfect time to stand in awe of the Hill Forest State Natural Area. Naturalist-led hikes are scheduled throughout December, January, and February. Check out the Winter schedule for dates and times, call to sign up, and we'll see you on the trail!.

Hiking on the Hill Forest in the snow