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Warner Park Nature Center Programs and Services

Inspire curiosity, share discoveries and engage in science.

Virtual Field Trips

Connect to nature through these interactive videos, led by Warner Park Nature Center naturalists. Each video is directly linked to Tennessee State Science Standards and are designed to deepen understanding of core concepts. If you have any questions about these virtual field trips, please contact

Don't forget to download the teacher/student pdf and other materials for each field trip as they enhance the field trip experience!

Discovery Swap

Naturalist exploring pond
Naturalist exploring pond

Food Build Do Waste Virtual Program

Observation Lab

Naturalist in field testing sunlight
Naturalist in field testing sunlight

Ecological Succession Lab

Water Quality Lab

Little Harpeth River
Little Harpeth River

Bird Banding Lab

Attend a Nature Center Program

Enjoy the beauty and wonder of the Warner Parks through our free programs! Most programs are free and require registration. We offer programs for adults, families and school-aged children. For more specific program information and to register, check out the Calendar of Events page.

In-person programs begin in October! Please review our COVID-19 information below, and follow our guidelines when you attend programs for the safety of other park patrons, our staff and volunteers:

  • Program participants must answer COVID-10 exposure and health screening questions and have their temperature taken before joining in-person programs.
  • Programs will take place entirely outdoors and will be canceled at WPNC’s discretion if weather is severe.
  • Masks are required for all program participants ages 2 years and older. Participants are required to provide their own masks/face coverings.
  • Participants will maintain social distancing of 6 feet or greater whenever possible throughout the program.
  • Hand sanitizer and/or hand washing stations will be made available for all participants.

Call the Nature Center at 615-862-8555 or email Warner Park Nature Center with questions.

Options for Groups at the Nature Center

Want to bring your group to explore the pond, garden and grounds? We provide space and educational resources for groups to visit and utilize the Nature Center campus one time per season. All groups (including informal homeschool gatherings, scout groups, parenting groups, etc) should contact the Nature Center at to schedule your on-your-own gathering.

For more detailed information about scheduling an on-your-own field trip, download our Educator Guide

Formal educational groups such as pre-schools, after school camps and paid instructor-led programs should contact Cammie Claybrook at for permitting information.

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