Nature Centers will be closed for Presidents' Day Tuesday, February 20.  Regular hours resume Feb 21.
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Warner Park Nature Center

UPDATE: New Exhibits Coming Soon

Although the front desk of the Learning Center is open again, the Museum will remain closed for a few more weeks.Great horned Owl

But when it does open, expect to see:

  • New bird watching exhibits
  • Additions to the Naturalist's Desk
  • Updates to the reptile and mammal cases
  • And more!

in the meantime, stop by and enjoy a comfy chair or check out a free purple pack. The Nature Center welcomes you this winter.

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.

When Winter Comeswinter hike

Although it's cold outside, birds, squirrels, deer and other animals are active in the Park. Look for animal tracks and traces in soft mud or snow. Watch the bird feeders and baths for our resident chickadees, woodpeckers and goldfinches, as well as winter migrants from Canada such as white-throated sparrows and yellow-rumped warblers. If a simple walk through the woods is what you desire, we offer many guided hikes through not only Percy and Edwin Warner but also the Burch Reserve and the Hill Forest.

The Nature Center campus is a great place to enjoy winter! Porch swings and benches are calling you to sit quietly and observe, while the warmth of the Library building beckons you inside to read a book or watch the birds, squirrels and chipmunks outside.

Check out our 2018 Winter Schedule for free programs at the Nature Center.

Check out the 2018 Winter Schedule

Feel the chill in the air, watch the snow fall and hear the wrens calling in the woods: winter is here! Nature Center programming continues throughout the winter with hikes, campfires, bird walks and more. Check out the Winter 2018 schedule for a complete list of programs. All are free, but registration is required for many. Email the Nature Center or call us at 615-862-8555 with questions or comments.

big snow at Learning Center in Warner Parks

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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: 615-862-8555

Fax: 615-880-2282
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