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Parks and Recreation

Our Programs and Services

School Field Trips

kids smiling at the pond

The Nature Center offers field trips designed to provide students with meaningful, enjoyable outdoor experiences enhancing their study of science and appreciation of nature. The Educator's Guide to the Nature Center was developed in alignment with the Metro Nashville Public Schools' science curriculum standards and Common Core State Standards for Speaking and Listening. For a list of State Science Standards covered by Nature Center field trips, as well as a list of the Common Core Standards we address, please see our Supplement to the Educator's Guide.

Field trip booking is full at Warner Park Nature Center for Spring 2017. Fall field trip (September through November) registration will open in late summer 2017. Get on the Educator List to receive updates about field trips, teacher workshops, and more.

For other school field trip experiences in Nashville, please contact:

Shelby Bottoms Nature Center
1900 Davidson Street, Nashville
Field Trip Contact: Christie Wiser, 615-862-8539

Bells Bend Outdoor Center
4187 Old Hickory Boulevard, Nashville
Field Trip Contact: Linnann Welch, 615-862-4187

Beaman Park Nature Center
5911 Old Hickory Boulevard, Nashville
Field Trip Contact: Linnann Welch, 615-862-8580

School groups may also visit Warner Park Nature Center on their own on Fridays when naturalist-led field trips are not available. For more information about a self-guided visit, please call 615-352-6299.

Summer field trip registration will open on Tuesday, May 2, at 9 a.m. Field trips will be offered on Tuesdays in June and July to day camps, private groups, and schools at no cost. If you have questions, please contact Heather Gallagher.

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Public Programs

facepainting at Insects of the Night event

To help people of all ages enjoy the beauty and wonder of the Warner Parks, the Nature Center offers a variety of public programs tailored for all ages. Almost all of our programs are free of charge. Registration for programs is required for most programs and can be done online at our Calendar of Events page.

Scout Programs

At this time, the Nature Center is not offering programs for individual scout troops. Please direct any questions or comments to Heather Gallagher at 615-352-6299 or heather.gallagher@nashville.gov.

Junior Naturalist Program

Kids with Junior Naturalist workbook

Explore Warner Park this spring while completing the new Junior Naturalist Activity Book! From scavenger bingo to creek crawls, this brand-new book challenges kids ages 6-12 years old to explore a variety of habitats as you work to earn your very own naturalist badge. You can purchase an activity book for only $2 at the Nature Center.

Nature Play

Nature Play Brochure

Remember when you had hours of fun simply playing in a sand pit or dirt pile? Your toys were sticks, rocks, and cups. You made mud pies, truck lanes, and deep holes in the sand. You got dirty, but you had the time of your life. The Nature Center wants kids to experience this good, old fashion fun in our Nature Play area.

Designed by Tara Armistead and funded by memorial contributions for her father, Dr. William Crenshaw, this exciting play area includes a cedar wood playhouse, a stone wall in one corner, 2 dirt piles, and a huge sand pit.

Nature Play area behind Learning Center

Purple Packs

Fall little purple pack 2014

Purple Packs have been updated again! These packs, which can be checked out from the Nature Center for free between 9 and 3 p.m. daily, have activities and tools to encourage exploration around the pond, garden, forest, and field. Our newest additions include scavenger hunts for nuts and seeds for both our preschool friends and school-aged children. Check out a purple pack today and hit the trail!