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Warner Park Nature Center

Warner Park Nature Center view from meadow

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


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.

Winter Star Party

Saturday, February 7, 2015

All Ages, 7-9 p.m.


Jupiter is the planet to see at this Winter Star Party! Join Warner Park Nature Center in collaboration with Sudekum Planetarium and Barnard-Seyfert Astronimcal Society to view the winter night sky! This hands-on program will provide telescopes and binoculars to view star clusters, Jupiter, and more! Call to register.

A Heart for the Parks

February 13 & 14, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

February 15, Noon- 4 p.m.

heart for the parks art show and sale feature paiting

The Chestnut Group, plein air painters for the land, is partnering with Friends of Warner Parks for a beautiful art show and sale to benefit the Warner Parks. Make plans to attend and take a piece of Warner Parks home with you!

Upcoming Programs

  • Nature Center Story Time, Pre-K, January 30 & February 20, 10:30-11 a.m.
  • Winter Sunset and Full Moon Rise Hike, All Ages, February 3, 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Winter Bird Banding Day, All Ages, February 7, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Hike the Hill Forest, Adults, February 11, 1-3 p.m.
  • Tracking Animals, Adults, February 20 & 26, 9-11 a.m.

Please call the Nature Center to register for all programs. (615) 352-6299