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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 fall schedule of programs for dates and descriptions. See you soon!

Time to Enjoy Fall Wildflowers and Birds!

Fall Wildflower Hikes
September 25 & 27 9-11 a.m.

Fall Bird Hikes
September 26 8-10 a.m.
October 3, 4, & 10 8-10 a.m.

Register for any of our free Fall Wildflower or Bird Hikes now by calling 615-352-6299.


Local Landscapes photography by Cheryl Stewart


Join us for an opening reception on Saturday, September 20 from 5-7 p.m. at Warner Park Nature Center to view the work of local artist Cheryl Stewart. After thirty-six years behind the lens of a camera, Cheryl understands art when she sees it. Her photographic adventures have taken her to the European Alps, Pacific Northwest, Texas Hill Country, Hawaii, and New England. But her roots run deep when photographing her beloved Tennessee. The Nature Center is pleased to exhibit these stunning photographs of Local Landscapes, capturing the grandeur and beauty of Warner Parks and natural scenery from across Middle Tennessee.

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.