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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.

Spring Field Trips to the Nature Center

Even though the calendar says winter, the Nature Center is preparing for spring! We look forward to the involvement of your educational group. Please review our field trip registration information and call/email Heather Gallagher with any questions at 615-352-6299.

Field trips will begin on Tuesday, March 28, and end on Wednesday, May 10. Field trips will take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Registration dates and times

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  • College and High School Labs: Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at 9 a.m.
  • Metro Nashville Public Schools ONLY, no exceptions: Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at 9 a.m.
  • All other educational groups: Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at 9 a.m.

Thank you for your continued support of the Nature Center and our programs. We hope to see you this spring.

Heather Gallagher
Environmental Education Specialist
Warner Park Nature Center

Great adult learning classes this winter

Naturalist Deb Beazley will hit the trail again and discover signs of animals in winter, Rachel Koch and Rachel Anderson will explore the Hill Forest, and love will be in the air at the Valentine Coffeehouse. Register for these and more programs at the events calendar.

Nature Center in the snow

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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