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Parks and Recreation

Warner Park Nature Center Programs and Services

Something for Everyone in Spring 

Cart tours return with Carolina bluebells and Dutchmen's breeches heralding the new season. If you or someone you know finds walking the trails difficult, sign up for a naturalist-led cart tour on Fridays or Saturdays. Email Warner Park Nature Center for more information and share the Warner Park by Cart flyer!

Inspire curiosity, share discoveries and engage in science.

girl in creek with crawdad in net

Register for Summer Camp

Spend a week in the outdoors exploring what fascinates you! Search for tadpoles, turn over a rotting log and hunt for salamanders. We'll hike, encounter live animals and new adventures. Wear your creek shoes, hat and sunscreen-we will see you this summer! Naturalist camp is for ages 6-12.

Registration opens on February 6.

Download Warner Park Nature Center 2019 Summer Camp Flyer.

Visit the Metro Parks Online Registration page to sign up for the naturalist summer camp.

Still have questions? Contact Rachel Anderson directly.

Schedule a Nature Center Field Trip

boy crossing rocks in the creek

Registration is currently open for 2019 spring field trips.

Summer field trip registration will open on Friday, April 5, 2019. For more information or to register, please contact Rachel Anderson, School and Youth Program Specialist.

Download the Elementary Educator Guide for a complete description of programs offered for elementary students.

Download the High School Field Lab Guide for a complete description of programs offered for high school and college level field trips.

For more information or to register, please contact Rachel Anderson, School and Youth Program Specialist.

These field experiences were developed in alignment with the Tennessee Academic Standards for Science and are designed to provide educational experiences where students engage in science practices and apply crosscutting concepts to build on their understanding of science ideas.

Attend a Nature Center Program

Enjoy the beauty and wonder of the Warner Parks--attend Nature Center public program! Most programs are free and require registration. For more specific program information and to register, check out the Calendar of Events page.

And, of course, call the Nature Center at 615-862-8555 or email Warner Park Nature Center with questions.

Learn Through Homeschool Investigations

kid looking in microscope

In addition to public programming, the Nature Center offers seasonal Homeschool Investigations geared toward K-5th graders. Students engage in science using tools of a naturalist, share discoveries and record findings in field journals. Registration is required for each child in her/his grade level. At this time, these programs are free, and space is limited. Check out the program schedule for all age, family programs that also suit the needs of homeschool groups.

  • Wednesday, September 26, 10 a.m.-noon: Butterflies and Plants
  • Wednesday, January 30: Winter Homeschool Investigations; registration closed.

Spring Homeschool Investigations

Continue your studies with us on April 3 from 10 a.m.-noon.

Registration opens March 19 for the April 3 Spring Homeschool Investigations session. Please register each child according to their age group.

Play Outside

Bringing nature into our lives, we invite humility. --Richard Louv

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