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Warner Park Nature Center

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Trees Down Due to May Stormstrees downed over road in Pakr

Following the May 3, 2020, storms, all paved roads in Percy and Edwin Warner Park have been cleared of fallen trees.

There are still a large number of trees across hiking trails and clearing all this debris will take time.

Please be aware and enjoy the trails safely in the Park, and especially note any hanging branches or leaning trees.

Many thanks to our maintenance staff for making Warner Parks safe!

Nature Outside Your Door

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Metro Parks' Nature Centers Partner on Social Media

Naturalists from Beaman Park, Bells Bend Park, Shelby Bottoms Nature Center and Warner Park Nature Center are collaborating to bring you activities to bring your natural world alive. Follow our hashtag #NatureOutsideMyDoor on Facebook for our daily activities, nature quotes, videos and more!

Follow the New Nature Center Blog, Nuthatch Notes

Want to see what our naturalists are up to during the quarantine? Follow our new blog and stay in touch, as well as learn more about your own habitat!

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7 Tips to Identifying Birds in Your Own Backyardrose-breasted grosbeak bird

With spring bird migration gearing up and many of us spending more time at home, now is a great time to observe and identify your backyard birds.

Many thanks to Graham Gerdeman for the male Rose-breasted Grosbeak photo.

Check out the links below to some of our favorite birding resources that we hope you'll explore. In the meantime, keep these observational tips in mind:

  • Group-can you narrow the bird to its family? Is it an owl, a duck or sparrow?
  • Shape and size- does the bird have a big bill, short legs or long tail?
  • Behavior- is it wading in a pond, climbing up a tree or hopping on the ground?
  • Habitat-is it in a forest or field, or soaring without perching? Most birds have preferred habitats.
  • Season-what time of year is it? Some birds are found in middle Tennessee only during the non-breeding/winter months while others are here only during spring and fall migration.
  • Field marks-does the bird have a white ring around its eye or different colored tail feathers? Notice the bird's bill and feather colors and patterns.
  • Voice-what is the bird saying? Some bird vocalizations are more challenging than others, but some are easier to learn such as a Carolina Chickadee singing its name, "Chickadee, dee, dee, dee".

Have fun with your observations, take notes and visit some of these great resources to help you become more familiar with birds in your backyard!

Be Safe While Enjoying Your Parks

While the Nature Center is still closed, Warner Park is open. Please follow CDC guidelines and these recommendations to enjoy the Park safely! Thank you Shelby Bottoms Nature Center for sharing.

Get Connected to Warner Park

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So many ways to be involved at the Nature Center and the Park!

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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

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

barred owlThe Nature Center is a place where people and nature come together!

  • a jump-off point for exploring over 3,100 acres of Nashville's Burch Reserve, Percy Warner and Edwin Warner Parks
  • a natural history and education reference for individuals and groups
  • a resource for organic gardening and native plant landscaping

The living laboratory of Warner Park is shared through free programs offered throughout the year, school field trips and high school labs, outdoor recreation programs and activities and events for people of all ages.


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

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