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Parks and Recreation

Warner Park Nature Center Programs and Services

kids at the pond

School Field Trips

Inspire curiosity, share discoveries and engage in science. Schedule a Nature Center field trip today!

The Nature Center field trips are designed to provide students with meaningful, direct exploration of phenomena in the natural world and to inspire them to become lifelong learners. 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.

We offer field trips in spring, summer and fall of 2018.

Register by calling 615-862-8555. Please have the following ready when you call:

  • contact information for group/school including name of organization and phone
  • contact information of the person/persons responsible for the field trip including name, phone and email
  • number of participants, ages/grade levels and preferred dates

Fall (September-November) 2018 Field Trips

Registration opens for 2018 fall field trips on:

  • August 7, 2018, for all High School labs
  • August 14, 2018, for Metro Nashville Public Schools
  • August 21, 2018, for all other schools and groups

More details coming soon. Please add your name to the educator list to receive updates about field trips and teacher workshops.

child with butterfly on fingerPublic Programs

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. Register for our annual Insects of the Night and Celebrate Hummingbirds programs--free and fun for all ages!

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

Scout Programs

At this time, the Nature Center is not offering programs for scout troops. Please direct any questions or comments to the Center.

Become a Junior Naturalist

Kids with Junior Naturalist workbook

Do you have the tools to become a naturalist? Pick up a naturalist kit at the Nature Center front desk for $10+tax and explore Warner Park!

Complete the new Junior Naturalist Activity Book and earn a Nature Center patch. From scavenger bingo to creek crawls, challenge your young naturalist to explore a variety of habitats and earn a naturalist badge. Purchase an activity book for only $2 at the Nature Center.

Nature Play

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

Purple Packs

little boy catching tadpoles at the pond with net

Check out a backpack from the Nature Center! Use the packs for exploration at Frist pond, the organic garden or in the forests and fields of Warner Park.

Summer packs include:

  • a net
  • binoculars
  • collection device (for your tadpoles and fish!)
  • colored pencils, pencil and paper (for making detailed drawings)

Check out a FREE purple pack today and hit the trail!

The Nature Center has 3 big packs and 2 little packs. Purple packs are available from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. when the Nature Center is open.