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Parks and Recreation

Warner Park Nature Center

Warner Park Nature Center is an environmental education and recreation facility of the Nashville Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation, Karl Dean, Mayor. The Nature Center is a place where people and nature come together.

Kids at PondWe serve as a jump-off point for exploring the 2684 acres of Nashville's Percy Warner and Edwin Warner Parks.

We offer a wide range of environmental education programs, school field trips, educator training workshops, outdoor recreation programs and other special activities for people of all ages.

We serve as a natural history and education reference center for individuals and groups.

We promote and serve as a resource for organic gardening and native plant landscaping.

Our campus includes the Susanne Warner Bass Learning Center which houses a natural history museum and programming space; the Milbrey Warner Waller Library complete with an extensive collection of natural history titles; the Emily Warner Dean Administration Building; a working organic garden including a greenhouse and a cedar shadehouse; a wildflower garden and fern garden; the Frist teaching pond; grounds landscaped with native plants; and the main trailhead for twelve miles of hiking trails.

Our MissionBarred Owl in Tree

  • To provide quality environmental education and responsible recreation.
  • To help protect, preserve, restore and manage the park ecosystem and all natural resources.
  • To raise awareness, foster respect and share enthusiasm for the natural environment

Our Public Programs

The Nature Center offers free, hands-on programs for all ages. See our 2014 public schedule for dates, times, descriptions. Our 2014 spring schedule is available now!

The StoryWalk Trail

Waiting Out the Storm book cover

Have you ever visited our StoryWalk® path on the Little Acorn Trail? Although the featured books are “children’s books”, people of all ages love our choices! StoryWalk is a wonderful way to help build interest in reading while encouraging healthy outdoor activity for both adults and children. Come take a walk and read a book at the same time! Our new book is Waiting Out the Storm by Joan Early Macken. StoryWalk is open during park hours, dawn until 11p.m.

Hours of Operation

Tuesday through Saturday:
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday and Monday:

Contact Us

7311 Highway 100
Nashville, TN 37221
(615) 352-6299 phone
(615) 880-2282 fax
Directions to Warner Park Nature Center


Summer Job Opportunities!

We're looking for a few energetic, dependable people to join this summer's SWEAT team at the Warner Parks. The SWEAT (Special Work Education and Trails) team works to accomplish a variety of improvements to the Warner Parks' hiking trails, organic gardens, landscaping and facilities and works approximately 40 hours per week during the months of June and July. Interested applicants should review the SWEAT Job Description and submit an application if interested.

Warner Park Nature Center is also in need of a Seasonal Tree Maintenance worker. The ideal candidate will be responsible, dependable person, able to work independently maintaining over 100 trees in Percy and Edwin Warner Parks, supporting the Friends of Warner Parks Tree Trust program. Interested applicants should review the Tree Maintenance Job Description and submit an application if interested.

For more information, contact the Nature Center at 615-352-6299
SWEAT team carrying big, heavy log on trail