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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.

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  • 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 August schedule for dates and program descriptions. Our fall schedule of programs is available now. See you soon!

Hummingbird Time is Here!

Register for any of our free hummingbird education programs now by calling 615-352-6299. The Nature Center is part of a nation-wide hummingbird study that includes our trapping, banding, and releasing birds in order to document migration patterns, longevity, and more. Stop by on Saturday, August 30, to observe this incredible research project.

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Adult classes planned for Summer 2014

Always wanted to give back to the Parks? Thinking about starting an organic garden this fall? Warner Park Nature Center has classes scheduled in August specifically designed for adult learners and volunteers.

Call 615-352-6299 to register for these programs and more.

  • Organic Gardening with Deb Beazley, Saturday, August 23, 9-11 a.m.
  • Splash the Trash! Little Harpeth River Clean-up, Saturday, August 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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


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Fall field trip registration is open!

MNPS teachers and all other educational groups, including private schools, out-of-county public schools, and home schools, may register for FREE fall field trips NOW. Registrations will only be taken by phone; register by calling 615-352-6299. Please see our Educator's Guide to the Nature Center for field trip topics and tips for registering. Also see our Tennessee Science Standards and Common Core Standards at Warner Park Nature Center guide for information about using your field trip to compliment your classroom.