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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

Spring 2018 field trip registration is open

Spring 2018 (March through May) field trip registration is open for all schools and space is limited. 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.

Summer Field Trips

Summer field trips will be offered June 12-July 21, 2018. Participants will investigate the pond, garden and museum with a naturalist and then hike a trail on their own. Registration is open,

Fall 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.

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

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

little boy catching tadpoles at the pond with net

Purple Packs be checked out from the Nature Center between 9 and 3 p.m. during Nature Center hours. Use the packs for exploration at Frist pond, the organic garden, or in the forests and fields of Warner Park.

Spring packs include:

  • a net
  • binoculars
  • collection device (for your tadpoles and fish!)
  • colored pencils, pencil and paper (for making detailed drawings)
  • tackle box to gather signs of spring

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

The Nature Center has 3 big packs and 2 little packs.