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Parks and Recreation

Warner Park Nature Center Programs and Services

School Field Trips

The Nature Center offers field trips 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.

Spring 2018 field trip registration opens for Metro Nashville Public Schools on January 10, 2018, and for all other out-of-county and private schools on January 23, 2018. Download the Warner Park Educator Guide for information about our programs and how to register. Please add your name to the Educator list to receive updates about field trips, teacher workshops, and more.

kids smiling at the pond

Public Programs

To help people of all ages enjoy the beauty and wonder of the Warner Parks, the Nature Center offers a variety of public programs tailored for all ages. Almost all of our programs are free of charge. Registration for programs is required for most programs and can be done online at our Calendar of Events page.

Scout Programs

At this time, the Nature Center is not offering programs for individual scout troops. Please direct any questions or comments to Heather Gallagher at 615-862-8555 or heather.gallagher@nashville.gov.

Junior Naturalist Program

Kids with Junior Naturalist workbook

Explore Warner Park this spring while completing the new Junior Naturalist Activity Book! From scavenger bingo to creek crawls, this brand-new book challenges kids ages 6-12 years old to explore a variety of habitats as you work to earn your very own naturalist badge. You can purchase an activity book for only $2 at the Nature Center.

Nature Play

Nature Play Brochure

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

Fall little purple pack 2014

Purple Packs have been updated again! These packs, which can be checked out from the Nature Center for free between 9 and 3 p.m. daily, have activities and tools to encourage exploration around the pond, garden, forest, and field. Our newest additions include scavenger hunts for nuts and seeds for both our preschool friends and school-aged children. Check out a purple pack today and hit the trail!