Warner Parks Nature Center Event Schedule For June 2009

By Betsy Thorpe


Park Naturalist Heather Gallagher Leads A Group Hike Through Edwin Warner And Percy Warner Parks

The Warner Park Nature Center is an environmental education and recreation facility that brings people and nature together. The center offers various programs and events designed for both children and adults throughout the year.


The Warner Nature Parks June Schedule

Celebrate National Trails Day
Saturday, June 6
It’s about more than hiking now: everyone can participate in National Trails Day at Warner Park! Run, walk, stroll or take a cart tour on the trails of Warner Parks!

On the Trail of the Early Bird

Saturday, June 6
7-8 a.m.
Age level: Adults, 13+
Registration opens May 22
Join naturalists to see and hear bluebirds, hummers, cardinals, and many more of our breeding birds!
Leaders: Ed Gleaves, Volunteer Naturalist, and Irene Perry

Trail Running on National Trails Day
Saturday, June 6
9-11 a.m.
Age level: Adults, 13+
Registration opens May 22
Celebrate National Trails Day by running the hiking trails in Warner Parks. The trails offer many calorie-burning opportunities. Breathe new life into your fitness routine with an outdoor workout that will engage your brain and body.
Leaders: Warner Parks Staff

Trails a la Cart
Saturday, June 6
9 a.m.-3 p.m. (hourly)
Age level: All ages
Call to register
Designed for those folks who find walking the trails difficult, guided golf cart tours of the park will be offered hourly to allow everyone to enjoy the trails of Warner Parks.
Leaders: Nature Center Staff and Volunteers

On the Trail of the Exotic!
Saturday, June 6
9 a.m.-noon
Age level: All ages
Call to register
Give back to the Parks on National Trails Day by clearing invasive exotic privet and bush honeysuckle from the forest!
Leader: Jon Martin, Friends of Warner Park

Mountain Biking and Trail Maintenance
Saturday, June 6
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Age level: Adults, 18+
Call to register
Celebrate National Trails Day by riding the challenging routes and helping SORBA members maintain mountain biking trails at Hamilton Creek. No mountain bike experience necessary.
Leaders: Southeast Off Road Bicycle Association & Warner Park Staff

Hiking the Solar System
Saturday, June 6
10-11 a.m.
Age level: All ages
Registration opens May 22
Cover the greatest distance (from the Sun to Pluto) during our shortest hike (less than one mile!) while learning about the solar system.
Leaders: Nature Center Staff

Harpeth Woods Hike
Saturday, June 6
1-2:30 p.m.
Age level: All ages
Registration opens May 22
Hike the 2 ½-mile blue trail with your family through the hills and hollows of Edwin Warner Park.
Leaders: Nature Center Staff

Jr. Naturalist Kick-Off: Reptiles!
Wednesday, June 10
10 a.m.-noon
Age level: 6-12 years
Registration opens May 27
Leapin’ lizards and slitherin’ snakes! Reptiles are the focus of our Jr. Naturalist
Patch! Come play games, go on a reptile “hunt”, and make a new friend or two!
Leaders: Nature Center Staff

Mud Pies
Friday June 12
10 a.m.-noon
Age level: All ages
Registration opens May 29
Use your imagination to create mud pies! Join us at the Nature Center for a fun time in the cool mud.
Leaders: Nature Center Staff

Full Moon Pickin’ Party
Friday, June 12
7-11 p.m.
Age level: All ages
Join us for this bluegrass event under the light of a full moon. Come ready to play and join a jam session or come to eat and tap your toes. All proceeds help to protect & preserve the Parks. For information, fees, pre-registration, or to volunteer, go to http://www.friendsofwarnerparks.com or call 370-8053.
Leader: Maggie Odle, FOWP & Volunteers

LOST in the woods!
Saturday, June 13
10-11 a.m.
Age level: All ages
Registration opens May 29
Learn how to stay found and as well as about summer hazards such as poison ivy, snakes, and chiggers, and the easiest prevention method—identify and avoid!
Leaders: Heather Gallagher

Kite Flying 101
Tuesday, June 16
10-11 a.m.
Age level: 8-14 years
Registration opens June 2
Come join us and learn the basics of kite flying. Blue Ridge Mountain Sports staff will bring the latest technology in technical kites for participants to fly and enjoy.
Leaders: Blue Ridge Mountain Sports & Warner Parks Staff

Sustainable Food Film Series: Tableland
Tuesday, June 16
6:30 p.m.
Age level: Adults, 13+
Call to register
Martha’s at the Plantation, Good Food for Good People, and the Warner Park Nature Center present a screening of the film Tableland, a “culinary expedition in search of the people, place and taste of North American small-scale, sustainable food production.”
Coordinators: Vera Vollbrecht & Nature Center Staff

Feathered Frenzy
Wednesday, June 17
10 a.m.-noon
Age level: 6-12 years
Registration opens June 2
Observe and learn the nesting birds of the park on this summer birding adventure. We will search for birds foraging for food, feeding their young and fledgling the nest.
Leaders: Irene Perry & Nature Center Staff

Owl Prowl
Friday, June 19
8-9:30 p.m.
Age level: All ages
Registration opens June 5
Whoooo wants to prowls for owls? Enjoy a warm June evening looking for owls, it will be a hoot.
Leaders: Nature Center Staff

Picnic in the Park

Saturday, June 20
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Age level: All ages
Registration opens June 5
Bring your lunch in a backpack to hike the Old Roadway in Edwin Warner Park. We’ll listen for birds, identify trees, and read a story.
Leaders: Nature Center Staff

Sustainable Food Film Series: King Corn
Tuesday, June 23
6:30 p.m.
Age level: Adults, 13+
Call to register
Martha’s at the Plantation, Good Food for Good People, and the Warner Park Nature Center present a screening of the film King Corn, a documentary “about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation.”
Coordinators: Vera Vollbrecht & Nature Center Staff

Astronomy, Space and Model Aviation
Wednesday, June 24
10 a.m.-noon
Age level: 6-12 years
Registration opens June 16
You have seen their planes in the sky, now come and meet the pilots and see these model airplanes do their acrobatics. Also learn about space and constellations from members of the Bernard-Seyfert Astronomical Society.
Leaders: Edwin Warner Model Aviators, BSAS Volunteers & Warner Parks Staff

Astronomy on the Cheap
Friday, June 26
8-9:30 p.m.
Age level: All ages
Registration opens June 11
Bring your family to learn the basics of astronomy using star charts and binoculars as we explore the southern summer sky.
Leaders: Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society and Nature Center Staff

Fly-fishing with the Pros
Saturday, June 27
9 a.m.-noon
Age level: 10-16 years
Registration opens June 12
Come explore the world of fly-fishing and learn the basics from the professional anglers at Trout Unlimited. Youth will learn about fly casting, reading the water, fly tying, casting with insects, ecology, and conservation.
Leaders: Trout Unlimited & Warner Parks Staff

Growing Organic
Saturday, June 27
10 a.m.-noon
Age level: All ages
Registration opens June 19
Tour the garden and learn about growing organic herbs, vegetables and flowers. We’ll look for beneficial insects and potential pests. Variety is the Spice of Life in the organic garden.
Leader: Irene Perry

Knot Tying & Rock Climbing Safety
Tuesday, June 30
10-11 a.m.
Age level: 8-14 years
Registration opens June 16
Have you ever wondered how to tie a figure 8 knot or a water knot? Come join us and learn the basics of knot tying skills from local wilderness experts.
Leaders: Blue Ridge Mountain Sports & Warner Parks Staff

Sustainable Food Film Series: A Sense of Wonder
Tuesday, June 30
6:30 p.m.
Age level: Adults, 13+
Call to register
Martha’s at the Plantation, Good Food for Good People, and the Warner Park Nature Center present a screening of the film A Sense of Wonder, a film depicting pioneering environmentalist Rachel Carson sharing her convictions and her foresight regarding the risks posed by chemical pesticides.
Coordinators: Vera Vollbrecht & Nature Center Staff

For more information on the Warner Parks Nature Center of to register for any of these classes, programs or events call 615-352-6299.

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