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Warner Park Nature Center

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


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.

Homeschool Journeys registration

Starting in February, registration for Homeschool Journeys will be online. To register, visit our Calendar of Events page on the day of registration, and click on the desired age and session you wish to register for. From there, you fill out the necessary information, and hit submit. Once the space is filled, you can email to be put on the waiting list.

2015-16 Spring Program Schedule

View the spring program guide

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Catch a sneak peak of our family-friendly summer programs

Upcoming May Programs

  • Budding Naturalists: Creek Exploration, 3-5 years, Friday, May 6, 10-11 am
  • Beginning Bicycle Workshop with Gran Fondo, 13 years and up, Saturday, May 7, 9-11 am
  • Sense of Wonder, All ages, Saturday, May 7, 1-2 pm
  • Nature Nut Hike, Adults, Friday, May 13, 9-11 am

Registration is required. Register online or call the nature center at 615-352-6299.

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


What’s your favorite reptile?
Learn about a few cool reptiles during this video compiled by the Nature Center's favorite herpetologists, the Barnes girls!