Be a FriendBe a VolunteerBe a Sponsor"Chirp" for the BirdsOur Best FriendsThe Big Payback

Be a Friend


Friends of Warner Parks is dedicated to the care of our sanctuary in the city.

Partnership directly supports efforts to preserve and protect historic Warner Parks, including its nearly 3,200 acres of beloved natural parkland.

Friends maintain trails, keep most Nature Center programs free for all, restore historic features, support volunteer programs, and more.

befriend_donate befriend_white


Little Acorn (for children 12 and under)


Hungry Hawk


Owl Hollow


Cane Connector


Harpeth Woods


Warner Woods


Mossy Ridge


Luke Lea Society


(Donations are tax deductible.)

Impact &

Support advocacy efforts and partnership development

Help maintain miles of trails for thousands of visitors each month

Fund invasive plant removal and native tree planting programs

Fund volunteer cleanup efforts

Provide funding for capital projects and landmark preservation

Help present over a hundred free public environmental education programs

Support the vital S.W.E.A.T. program

Provide outdoor discovery for disadvantaged children

Receive monthly newsletters, a Friends of Warner Parks window cling, and access to Friend perks related to Friends’ events and promotions.

Contribute to quality of life in Nashville & Middle TN

Preserve ecologically & historically significant landmarks.




There are over a million trees in Warner Parks. None of them grow money. It’s a big job to care for nearly 3,200 acres of natural area parkland! Donations to Friends of Warner Parks go directly toward improvements, stewardship, and programs that keep this treasured resource safe and beautiful for posterity. Show your love and beFriend the Parks by making a tax-deductible contribution today. Every donation qualifies you as an official Friend of Warner Parks.  Whether give by check, an online contribution, or other means, you are doing your part to take care of one Nashville’s greatest assets. Thank you!

One-time contributionsWaynes Environmental Services 1.21.17

Make a contribution in any amount to support a specific Friends of Warner Parks project or Warner Park Nature Center program. Gifts-in-kind and ongoing projects of support conducted by community partners are also greatly appreciated!

Leadership Giving

  • Luke Lea Society $1,000
  • Event Sponsor – contact our Marketing & Events Manager for more information.
  • Historic Shelter Restoration – see information below
  • Pillar of the Park Restoration of historic pillars – call for details
  • Employer matching gifts – contact our Office Manager for more details

Donate Online

Sunday in the Park UnderwritingBelle Meade Gates

Please consider helping to underwrite our Sunday in the Park luncheon (2017 date to be announced soon). This is the largest annual fundraiser for Friends of Warner Parks. By linking arms with us you are supporting environmental education programs for youth and families, as well as helping to protect and preserve the Parks. Your investment in the Parks is deeply appreciated!

You may make a PLEDGE here, or you may use your MasterCard, Visa, AmEx or Discover card to make a GIFT online.

Should you wish to make a gift of stock or give in a way other than online, please contact Janie Kleiman at 615.370.8053.

Be an Underwriter

Other ways to give

Gifts to honor loved ones

Make a financial gift in honor or memory of a loved one, add to the beauty of the Parks by planting a tree through the Tree Trust, or memorialize a person or celebrate an event by funding the construction of a stone bench that will be placed in a special spot in the Parks. Call 615.370.8053 for more information.

  • Trees cost $2,500
  • Benches cost $5,000

Historic Shelter Restoration

Shelter #8 in Edwin Warner Park to be restored in memory of Elizabeth James

Shelter #8 in Edwin Warner Park restored in memory of Elizabeth James

Historic picnic shelters were originally constructed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the period spanning 1936-1941. The WPA’s primary functions were to provide jobs during the Great Depression and to do needed conservation projects on public lands.

The WPA craftsmen created a variety of simple, rustic picnic shelter designs. Careful to use local, natural materials in the construction of the shelters, the buildings utilize Eastern Red Cedar and Black Locust logs for support posts and structural poles, and native limestone for the foundation walls, pillars and chimneys.

The rustic picnic shelters, enjoyed by over 500,000 people annually, are among the most significant historical assets in Warner Parks.

Planned Giving

Make the greatest charitable impact while maximizing tax savings. As you consider your financial and philanthropic priorities – income, investments, retirement, and what you leave behind – you have a number of choices to help you reach your goals. Friends of Warner Parks has planned giving options that help you tailor your gift of cash or other assets to suit your circumstances so you can make a much greater gift than you ever thought possible.

Corporate Giving

The Nashville business community plays a vitally important role in helping us ensure the Warner Parks remain preserved, clean, and green for generations to come. Sponsor an event, match employee giving, donate gifts-in-kind, or choose from a variety of other ways in which your business can help support this tremendous asset.

“Chirp” for the Birds

Warner Parks provide a variety of habitats for birds – from streams, springs and the Little Harpeth River, to the fields surrounding the many acres of forested woodlands and up to ridgetops and the big trees of the Hill Forest.Bird photo6 by Charlie Curry

Almost 200 bird species have been seen and heard in Warner Parks.  Some, like the white-breasted nuthatch, are year-round residents while others fly here from Central or South America to nest in the summer.  Northern nesting birds fly in from Canada or northern US to spend the winter here and others just migrate through and depend on the Parks for food and shelter during the journey.

The story of bird research, education and conservation is almost as old as the Parks themselves.  For nearly 90 years, projects conducted by dedicated volunteers and staff have contributed to ornithological records, inspired visitors, helped connect people of all ages to nature.

You can help birds and bird conservation efforts by “chirping” and contributing to the BIRD (Bird Information, Research and Data) Program at Warner Park Nature Center.  This donation will help provide bird education programs year-round for thousands of park visitors and will help support 13 different bird research projects.

Visit the BIRD Website to learn about our programs and projects and how to get involved.

Chirp for the Birds

Prefer to mail your payment? Send to:

Friends of Warner Parks
50 Vaughn Road
Nashville, TN 37221

Questions about donations? Call 615.370.8053