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Warner Park Nature Center

Warner Park Nature Center view from meadow

Our Mission

  • 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 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.

barred owlThe Nature Center is a place where people and nature come together.

We serve as a jump-off point for exploring the 2,684 acres of Nashville's Percy Warner and Edwin Warner Parks.

We provide natural history and education reference for individuals and groups.

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

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.

Now Available: Spring Schedule 2015

View the 2015 Spring Schedule

We are excited to announce online registrationfor select programs - yoga, organic gardening, story time, and more!

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Upcoming Programs

  • Picnic with the Toads, All Ages, March 26, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Spring Wildflower Walks, Adults, March 27 & 28, 9 a.m. - noon
  • Amazing Amphibians, All Ages, March 28, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration is required. Register online or call the nature center, (615) 352-6299