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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

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.

Homeschool Journeys Fall Series

New this season!

Announcing our new Homeschool Journeys (HSJ) Fall Series! In an effort to meet growing demand for these programs and to provide the highest quality, hands-on experiences for homeschool students, we are now offering a Fall Series of four classes for an individual participant fee of $25 per student. Additional details about the new HSJ format are listed below.

Questions? Contact Heather Gallagher at or 615-352-6299.

2016 HSJ Fall Dates

  • Thursday, September 22
  • Thursday, October 20
  • Thursday, November 17
  • Thursday, December15


  • 2016 HSJ Fall Series fee is $25 per student. Payment is cash or check, in-person at the Nature Center before or on the day of the first session. Checks should be made out to Nashville Metro Parks.
  • Homeschool Journeys are offered for students registered in grades K-8.
  • Morning sessions begin at 9:30 a.m.; afternoon sessions begin at 1 p.m. Sessions are 1.5 hours long for grades K-1; 2 hours long for grades 3-8.
  • Online registration for the Fall Series will begin Wednesday, September 7, at 12:01 a.m.
  • After registering, parents and students will be asked to sign a Code of Conduct agreement and Photo Release. Students will also be asked to bring a notebook/journal, #2 pencil, colored pencils, and a small pencil sharpener to each session.

2016 HSJ Fall Series will be focusing on Energy Flow through living things. For detailed information about program topics and content, please refer to the program descriptions detailed in the program calendar.

Anne Ross Exhibition this fall at the Nature Center

Anne Ross ArtYou are invited to attend an opening reception with Anne Ross featuring "Process, Place and Practice: Paintings and Drawings from 2005-2016" at Warner Park Nature Center on Friday Evening, September 23, from 5-7 p.m. This exhibit will be on display through December 1. All sales benefit Warner Park Nature Center.

2016 Fall Program Schedule

Check out the Nature Center's fall lineup on our 2016 Fall Program Schedule!
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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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