Field Trips and Camps

Outdoor Education for students, scouts, and researchers of all ages
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Take Advantage of Nashville’s Largest Outdoor Laboratory

Friends of Warner Parks devotes substantial funding to field trips, scout outings, field research, and other group educational offerings at the Warner Park Nature Center each year.

From the 10,000+ school children who visit for field trips and class projects, to scores of university groups conducting sophisticated research, there is truly something for everyone at the Warner Park Nature Center! 

All groups (including informal homeschool gatherings, scout groups, parenting groups, etc.) should contact the Nature Center to schedule on-your-own gatherings. Formal educational organizations (pre-schools, after school camps and paid instructor-led programs) should also inquire about permitting information.

Calling All Campers—Spend Your Summer Outside at WPNC

Each summer, Nashville youngsters can immerse themselves in outdoor education through several week-long camps—full-day or half-day options—offered by Nature Center staff.

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2022 Naturalist Camp Details and Registration

Half Day Camps
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.- Noon
$125 Davidson County Residents
$150 Non-Residents

Full Day Camps
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
$250 Davidson County Residents
$300 Non-Residents

All campers will receive their very own naturalist kit as part of their summer camp experience. For ADA Accommodations, please contact 615-862-8400.

Registration open January 27, 2022. Download the Naturalist Camp Request Form  to start the process. Please note: Your registration for camp will not be valid until payment and forms are received. Campers must meet the age requirements listed to be enrolled in camp. For further questions, please email or call 615-862-8555

Ages 6-7 | Summer 2022

Monday, June 6 – Friday, June 10 | 8 a.m. to noon

Discover nature and all the fun ways we can interact with it! Campers will explore the wild in many exciting ways including creek and mud play, building miniatures with twigs and leaves, building forts with limbs and vines, and pretty much anything else that an inquisitive and adventurous curiosity leads us to!

Cost: $125 Davidson County Residents; $150 Non-Residents

Ages 8-10 | Summer 2022

Monday, June 6 – Friday, June 10 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you love birds and adventure, this is the camp for you! We will search for birds in the forest, fields and rivers as we hike, kayak and explore the Park. Campers will learn to identify warblers, tanagers, sparrows and more by sight and sound and we will see birds up-close during bird banding research sessions.

Cost: $250 Davidson County Residents; $300 Non-Residents

Ages 8-10 | Summer 2022

Monday, June 20 – Friday, June 24 | 8 a.m. to noon

Serious outdoor enthusiasts will explore Warner Parks with a map and compass, build forts, cook over a campfire, kayak on the Little Harpeth and more during this week of Outdoor Adventures camp! We will also build naturalist skills as we wander and investigate the forests, fields, ponds and creeks of the Park.

Cost: $125 Davidson County Residents; $150 Non-Residents

Ages 6-7 | Summer 2022

Monday, June 20 – Friday, June 24 | 8 a.m. to noon

Search for insects, investigate the pond for aquatic creatures, and spot deer hidden in the woods. Use the tools of a naturalist to explore the forest, fields, creeks and ponds. Every morning will be spent in close encounters with live animals, stories, nature hikes and outdoor play, exploring what fascinates you.

Cost: $125 Davidson County Residents; $150 Non-Residents

Ages 6-7 | Summer 2022

Monday, July 18 – Friday, July 22 | 8 a.m. to noon

Spend the week exploring the different trails of Warner Parks and experience the truly wild and wonderful side of the plants and creatures that call the Park home. Play in the creek, learn how to garden, search for animals and roast things over the fire. Find your inner wild side and become closer to nature than ever before!

Cost: $125 Davidson County Residents; $150 Non-Residents

WPNC’s Urban Nature Program

Thanks to WPNC, numerous staff and volunteers, generous funding from Friends of Warner Parks, our Park Partners, donors, and corporate sponsors, the Urban Nature Program provides additional camp opportunities to urban youth served by Metro Parks’ regional and neighborhood community centers.

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