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Warner Park Nature Center

Check out what's in store for you and your family this summer

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 Now Open

orchid leaf on Burch ReserveThe newest addition to Warner Park, the Burch Reserve is comprised of over 100 acres of forest, field, ponds and streams. The land was purchased through a partnership with Metro Parks and Friends of Warner Parks. During your hike, enjoy tall red oaks, majestic views of the Vaughn Creek watershed and, in the spring, trilling toads.

To protect this sensitive natural area, trail running, bikes and dogs are prohibited on the property.

Park hours are dawn until 11 p.m. daily.

Questions may be directed to Warner Park Nature Center at 615-862-8555 or

Burch Reserve trail map

Tadpoles and Baby Birds

The birds are singing, the trees are leafing out and Warner Park is where you want to be. As bluebells emerge, take a hike to learn your native flowers. With our upcoming gardening classes, discover how you can prepare your spring garden.

Abbreviated version of 2018 spring schedule

Detailed 2018 Spring Schedule

girl net and crawfish

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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

Directions to Warner Park Nature Center


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