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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 our website.

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

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.

Organic Gardening Class on February 24

Learn all about how to grow your own organic garden! We will discuss composting, starting seeds indoors, planting dates, insects, soil preparation, plant care, and more. Bring all of your gardening questions and concerns to this informative workshop.

Class will take place on Friday, February 24, from 9-10:30 a.m.

Register for this and other great class on the events calendar.

Take a Journey on the Flatboat Patience

Join author Rinker Buck and Cynthia Lee as they share the fascinating story of the epic river journey on the 1800's replica Flatboat Patience. Beginning in Pennsylvania and ending in New Orleans, Buck and his crew set out traveling to experience the history of great American Rivers and the flatboats that made the global economy possible.

This free event takes place on Thursday, February 23 at 7 p.m. and is appropriate for ages 10 and up.

2017 Winter Program Schedule

There's a lot to do at the Nature Center this winter! Check out our Winter Program Schedule for a list of December, January, and February activities, programs, and workshops.

Winter Nature Play

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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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