Nature Centers will be closed November 23-25 for the Thanksgiving holiday, reopening with normal operating hours on Tuesday, November 28. 
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Parks and Recreation

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.

Explore the Hill Forest State Natural AreaBeech tree in forest

Wear your hiking boots, bring your binoculars and walking sticks, and prepare for a journey into a forest like no other in Nashville. Hill Forest hikes take place November through March. They are naturalist-led, 2.5-3 mile hikes that accommodate 15 park visitors on each excursion. Find your perfect hike below, and check out our Fall schedule for upcoming programs. Registration is required for all Hill Forest hikes.

Check out the 2017 Fall Schedule

The air is getting cooler, the nights are getting longer--autumn is upon us! Get out your hiking boots and binoculars to join staff and volunteers for nocturnal hikes and campfires, strolls led by birds, wildflowers, and mushrooms, and so much more! The 2017 Fall Schedule is available at the Nature Center front desk.

All of our programs are free, but registration is required for many. Email the Nature Center or call us at 615-352-6299 with questions or comments.

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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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