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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.

Nature Center building in the spring

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.

Burch Reserve UpdateBig Beech Tree on Burch Reserve

The Burch Reserve is a new addition to Edwin Warner Park located north of Highway 100, across from the Nature Center. The approximately 250-acre tract includes gently rolling fields and steep forested slopes that are slated for hiking trails. The Burch Reserve Connector will provide public access to the site as well as a pedestrian connector to the nature center. The project is being completed in two phases. The Phase One parking lot is now open for use as overflow parking to the Nature Center. The Phase Two improvements are currently under development and will not open to the public until construction is completed in Fall of 2017. Phase Two includes a tunnel under the CSX railroad tracks and a trail from the Phase One parking through the tunnel and on to the hiking trails on the Burch Reserve. Though the Burch Reserve can’t be opened to the public until Phase Two is completed, the Warner Park Nature Center offers periodic guided hikes of the Burch Reserve.

For more information, check out Parks' Planning website.

Job Opportunities at Warner Park Nature Center summer workers carrying a log

Check out our seasonal openings for Summer 2017 by clicking on the links below!

  • Seasonal Naturalists work directly with the environmental education staff at the Nature Center to create, develop, and present programs and field trips to families, school-aged children, day camps, and other groups throughout the summer. These folks also participate in our two big events this summer, the June Family Campfire and Insects of the Night in July.
  • SWEAT members (Special Work Education And Trails) work with our grounds and trails staff to maintain and beautify the Nature Center campus and trails of Percy and Edwin Warner Parks. Be prepared to work in the heat in the garden, at Nature Play, in the Barn, and on the trails for 8 weeks, from June until July.

2017 Spring Program Schedule

Open up the 2017 Spring Program Schedule: you'll find wildflower hikes, bird walks, and many activities for families and adults! Don't miss our International Migratory Bird Day Celebration on April 29!

American Toad Trilling

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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


Check out our 2016 PEN Pals (People Exploring Nature) season.

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