Spring Schedule 2018 - Nashville.gov

 
Spring Schedule 2018 - Nashville.gov
Spring Schedule 2018
                                                         2018 is the “Year of the Bird”, and WPNC is
                                                         joining the National Audubon Society, National
                                                         Geographic, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and others to
                                                         celebrate birds all year long. Why? 2018 marks the
                                                         100th Anniversary of the signing of the International
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                                                         continues to provide protection for birds.
                                                                                                            All bird programs
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                                                         bird programs throughout the year, highlighting
Warner Park Nature Center is open
Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
                                                         the work of the Bird Information Research & Data (BIRD)
                                                         Team. We invite you to get out in the Park this spring to
Percy and Edwin Warner Parks are open
7 days a week from sunrise to 11 p.m.
                                                         look for bluebirds, cardinals, and woodpeckers building
                                                         nests, ruby-throated hummingbirds returning to feeders,
                                                         and the influx of warblers and tanagers returning to
                                                         forests and fields. Be sure to mark your calendar for the
                                                         Spring Bird Celebration on Saturday, April 28th and stop
                   Printing made possible                by the front desk any time to borrow a pair of binoculars
                             by                          to go birding on your own.

                                                                      Upcoming events:

                             Contact the Nature Center                Chestnut Art Show April 19-22
                             for ADA accommodations at
                             615-862-8555.                            City Nature Challenge April 28
                                                                      Spring Bird Celebration April 28
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Saturday, March 3    Age level: All ages    It’s time to reveal our new StoryWalk book!
MARCH Spring                              Registration not       Bring your little ones and discover what we’ve
                     Open during Park
      StoryWalk®     hours, sunrise-11    required               chosen for spring. This is an “on-your-own”
                     p.m.                                        activity along the Little Acorn Trail loop.
      Reveal                                                     Coordinator: Rachel Koch

        Cemeteries   Saturday, March 3    Age level: Adults, 13+ Listen to the whispers of Demoss, Northern and
        of Warner    8:30 a.m.-noon       Online registration    other families during this walking and van tour.
                                          opens February 16      Leader: Heather Gallagher
        Parks
                     Saturday, March 3    Age level: Adults      Restore important buffer zones along the Little
        Weed         9 a.m.-noon          Online registration    Harpeth River and learn about native species
        Wrangle                           is open                that are preserved while working on the banks
                                                                 of the Little Harpeth River.
                                                                 Leaders: Paul Fowler and the Garden Club of
                                                                 Nashville

 “Bird Friendly”     Saturday, March 3    Age level: Adults, 13+ Drop in for a free sample of fresh,
                     9 a.m.-3 p.m.        Registration not       delicious “bird-friendly” coffee.
 Coffee Club                              required               Coffee will also be available for
                                                                 purchase so you can make a pot of
                                                                 your favorite blend at home.
                                                                 Coordinator: Kassie White
                     Saturday, March 3    Age level: All ages    Composting is the best way to put your food
 Compost                                  Online registration    waste to good use, but did you know that you
                     1-2:30 p.m.
 Nashville                                opens February 16      have options on how to compost? Learn about
                                                                 Compost Nashville’s services and why
                                                                 composting is so important. We will also talk
                                                                 about how to compost at home.
                                                                 Leaders: Rachel Koch, Troy Hinke of Living
                                                                 Roots Compost Tea, and Compost Nashville
                     Thursday, March 8    Age level: 8 years     Welcome spring with a hike through the Hill
 Spring Forward-
                     3-5 p.m.             and up                 Forest. Let’s look for signs of spring on the
 to the Hill                              Online registration    hilltops and hollows of this unique landscape.
 Forest!                                  opens February 21      Leader: Melissa Donahue

 Organic             Friday, March 9      Age level: Adults, 13+ Walk through the Nature Center spring garden
                     9-10:30 a.m.         Online registration    and greenhouse and discuss how to grow
 Gardening Class                          is open                veggies organically.
                                                                 Leader: Deb Beazley

 Feathers            Friday, March 9      Age level: 6-8 years   Although they all look the same, feathers are
                     9:30-11:30 a.m.      (morning session)      different colors, have different structures
                     and 1-3 p.m.         9-12 years             and are designed for different purposes.
                                          (afternoon session)    Bring your journal to capture unique
                                          Online registration    characteristics of each feather.
                                          opens February 22      Leader: Heather Gallagher

 Trail               Saturday, March 10   Age level: Adults, 13+ Trail running can be a great change of pace from
                     10-11:30 a.m.        Online registration at a jog around the neighborhood. Learn about
 Running                                  https://www.rei.com/ technique, training, clothing and specific
 Basics with                                                     running footwear to get out on the trail.
 REI                                                             Leader: Tyler Whitworth, REI Outdoor School
                                                                 Instructor

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Birds of    Saturday, March 10 Age level: All ages       As winter ends, our resident birds come alive.
                   1:30-3:30 p.m.     Online registration       Before spring migrants return, let’s discover
       the Burch                      opens February 23         cardinals, woodpeckers and other birds that
       Reserve                                                  call Warner Park home.
                                                                Leader: Heather Gallagher
Jolly Green        Friday, March 16    Age level: 3-5 years     In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, set your
                   10-11 a.m.          Online registration      sights on evergreen trees along with
Giants
                                       opens March 1            a few miniature emerald beauties, of
                                                                course.
                                                                Leader: Rachel Koch
Explore the        Saturday, March 17 Age level: 8 years        Celebrate everything green and prepare to
                   9-11 a.m.          and up                    welcome spring while exploring Warner Park’s
Burch Reserve                                                   newest trail on the Burch Reserve.
                                      Online registration
                                      opens March 2             Leader: Vera Roberts
iNaturalist:       Saturday, March 17 Age level: 8 years        What is stirring in the pond and creek in the
Aquatic            1-2:30 p.m.        and up                    early days of spring? Search for critters big and
                                      Online registration       small and learn how your discoveries can
Critters                              opens March 2             contribute to the Warner Park Biodiversity
                                                                Project. Learn more about the iNaturalist
                                                                project at https://www.inaturalist.org/.
                                                                Leader: Rachel Anderson

Waterthrush        Tuesday, March 20   Age level: Adults, 13+   Spring arrives today! Join us for a walk along
                   8:30-9:30 a.m.      Online registration      the creek looking and listening for Louisiana
Walk                                   opens March 5            Waterthrushes that have recently arrived from
                                                                South America. We’ll search for other spring
                                                                migrants too.
                                                                Leader: Sandy Bivens and BIRD Volunteers

Under, Inside      Friday, March 23    Age level: 6-8 years     Let’s explore the forest in early spring! Search
                   9:30-11:30 a.m.     (morning session)        for salamanders under the leaf litter, insects
and All Around     and 1-3 p.m.        9-12 years               inside rotting logs and listen all around for
                                       (afternoon session)      the songs of spring.
                                       Online registration      Leader: Rachel Anderson
                                       opens March 8

iNaturalist:       Saturday, March 24 Age level: Adults, 13+    Bring your smartphone or your
Spring             9-11 a.m.          Online registration       camera to enjoy spring
                                      is open                   wildflowers while contributing
Wildflowers                                                     to the Warner Park Biodiversity
                                                                Project. Learn more about the
                                                                iNaturalist project at
                                                                https://www.inaturalist.org/.
                                                                Leader: Heather Gallagher

iNaturalist:       Saturday, March 24 Age level: All ages       Families can get in on the action
                   1-2:30 p.m.        Online registration       too! Bring your smartphone or
Family
                                      opens March 9             camera to assist staff in
Forest                                                          inventorying spring wildflowers
Flowers                                                         while contributing to the Warner
                                                                Park Biodiversity Project. Learn
                                                                more about the iNaturalist project
                                                                at https://www.inaturalist.org/.
                                                                Leader: Heather Gallagher

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Wildflower          Thursday, March 29 Age level: Adults, 13+    Enjoy wildflowers all aglow in late
  Stroll to           5:30-7 p.m.        Online registration       afternoon light as we hike to Quiet
                                         opens March 14            Point and enjoy the forest as it
  Quiet Point                                                      heads toward night.
                                                                   Leader: Kim Bailey
  Phishing for        Friday, March 30    Age level: All ages      The catch of the day will be yours after making
                      10 a.m.-noon        Online registration      a pole out of bamboo. We’ll supply the
  Fish                                    opens March 15           materials, and you fish the Little Harpeth
                                                                   River!
                                                                   Leaders: Jon Dodson and John Michael Cassidy,
                                                                   Metro Parks Outdoor Recreation Program
  Burch Reserve       Saturday, March 31 Age level: 8 years        Admire wildflowers, spring migrants and
                      9-11 a.m.          and up                    other wildlife as we hike and witness the
  Hike                                   Online registration       awakening of the Burch Reserve from its
                                         opens March 16            winter nap.
                                                                   Leader: Rebecca Dandekar

  It’s Hammock        Saturday, March 31 Age level: 8 years and    Did you receive a new hammock
                      1:30 -3 p.m.       up                        for the holidays? Bring your gear,
  Season                                 Online registration       learn about suspension systems,
                                         opens March 16            and perfect your hang.
                                                                   Leader: Rebecca Dandekar

  Bird Nerds          Tuesday, April 3    Age level: All ages      Spring migration is just beginning! The Bird
                      9 a.m.-noon         Registration not         Information Research & Data team
                                          required                 determines what species are present through
                                                                   observation and bird banding research. Bring
                                                                   your binoculars for viewing and your
                                                                   notebook to capture our most beautiful
                                                                   migrants on paper.
                                                                   Leaders: Nature Center Staff, Volunteers, and
                                                                   BIRD Team

        Spring into   Wednesday,          Age level: All ages      The spring garden is full of healthy, delicious
                                          Online registration      greens, roots, and more! Participants will
APRIL

        Gardening     April 4
                      10 a.m.-noon        opens March 20           explore the Organic Garden and greenhouse,
                                                                   then harvest and taste some fresh produce.
                                                                   Leaders: Nature Center Staff and Volunteers

        American      Thursday, April 5   Age level: All ages      Swing from the grapevines, scramble down
                      10 a.m.-noon        Online registration      fallen logs, build a fire that can survive a rain
        Nature                            opens March 21           storm, sharpen your observation skills and
        Warriors                                                   become the next American Nature Warrior!
                                                                   Leaders: Nature Center Staff, Volunteers and
                                                                   Jon Dodson, Metro Parks Outdoor Recreation
                                                                   Program

  Spring              Friday, April 6     Age level: Adults, 13+   Stroll the Old Roadway
                      9-11 a.m.           Online registration      and enjoy the floral
  Wildflower                              is open                  extravaganza only
  Walk                                                             spring wildflowers can
                                                                   bring to the woods.
                                                                   Leader: Deb Beazley

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Friday, April 6     Age level: 8 years       Experience trees with this once in a
Tree Climb
                   11 a.m.-2 p.m.      and up                   lifetime opportunity. Ascend with ropes,
                                       Online registration      explore the canopy and marvel at the
                                       is open                  view from 60 feet in the air!
                                       $25 participation fee    Leaders: Rachel Anderson and
                                       per climber              Tree Climbing Planet

Spring             Friday, April 6     Age level: All ages      Enjoy an evening hayride through the woods of
                   7-9 p.m.            Online registration      Warner Park!
Hayride                                                         Leaders: Heather Gallagher, Melissa Donahue
                                       opens March 22
                                       $10 participation fee    and Johnny Rose, Volunteer Musician
                                       per family

                   Saturday, April 7   Age level: Adults, 13+   Scan the forest, field and river for warblers,
iNaturalist:                           Online registration      tanagers and other birds returning from
                   7:30-9:30 a.m.
Spring Migration                       is open                  warmer climes. Bring your binoculars and a
                                                                smartphone or camera to assist staff in
Bird Hike                                                       inventorying birds for the Warner Park
                                                                Biodiversity Project. Learn more about the
                                                                iNaturalist project at
                                                                https://www.inaturalist.org/.
                                                                Leaders: Chris Sloan and Heather Gallagher

“Bird Friendly”    Saturday, April 7   Age level: Adults, 13+   Drop in for a free sample of fresh,
                   9 a.m.-3 p.m.       Registration not         delicious “bird-friendly” coffee.
Coffee Club                            required                 Coffee will also be available for
                                                                purchase so you can make a pot of
                                                                your favorite blend at home.
                                                                Coordinator: Kassie White

A Blue Hike        Saturday, April 7   Age level: All ages      Don’t be blue, spring is here!
                   10-11:30 a.m.       Online registration      Enjoy bluebirds, blue jays, bluebells
                                       opens March 23           and blue skies on this early spring hike.
                                                                Leader: Rachel Anderson

Trail Running      Saturday, April 7   Age level: Adults, 13+   Trail running can be a great change of pace from
                   10-11:30 a.m.       Online registration at   a jog around the neighborhood. Learn about
Basics with REI
                                       https://www.rei.com/     technique, training, clothing and specific
                                                                running footwear to get out on the trail.
                                                                Leader: Tyler Whitworth, REI Outdoor School
                                                                Instructor

Going Batty        Friday, April 13    Age level: 3-5 years     Did you know that April 17 is National Bat
                   10-11 a.m.          Online registration      Appreciation Day? In preparation for it, learn all
                                       opens March 29           about bats! Join us for fun and games as we
                                                                explore the world of our only flying mammal.
                                                                Leader: Rachel Koch

                                       Saturday, April 14       The historic sandstone gates at the end of
Grand                                                           Belle Meade Boulevard are the gateway into
                                       10-11:30 a.m.
Gates and                              Age level: Adults, 13+   Percy Warner Park. This is where the Warner
Staircase                              Online registration      Park story begins. Hear and see the history of
                                       is open                  the stone gates and stone stairs-from 85 years
                                                                ago to now.
                                                                Leaders: Cammie Claybrook and Bob Parrish

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Microbe           Saturday, April 14   Age level: All ages          What boosts your immune system? Makes your
                  1-2:30 p.m.          Online registration          food taste better? Fights pollution in the
Mania                                  opens March 31               environment? The answer is Microbes. Learn
                                                                    about these amazing microorganisms and how
                                                                    they affect our lives.
                                                                    Leader: Casey St.John and Melissa Donahue

Picnic with the   Wednesday,           Age level: All ages          Enjoy a picnic dinner by the pond – if you can
                  April 18             Online registration          get your children to stop searching for eggs,
Frogs             5:30-7 p.m.          opens April 3                tadpoles, frogs and newts! With a little luck
                                                                    we will be serenaded by melodious trills and
                                                                    songs.
                                                                    Leaders: Kim Bailey and Melissa Donahue

Bird Walk at      Thursday, April 19   Age level: Adults, 13+       Spring birding is always good
                  8:30-10:30 a.m.      Online registration          in Deep Well. Bring your
Deep Well                              is open                      binoculars and join us to look
                                                                    for and listen to spring
                                                                    migrants. Beginners welcome
                                                                    and encouraged.
                                                                    Leaders: BIRD Volunteers

                  Friday, April 20 &   Registration is not          Percy and Edwin Warner Parks, now
   Honor the
                  Saturday, April 21   required                     encompassing 3,180 contiguous acres, is truly
     Earth:                                                         one of Nashville's most beloved treasures.
                  9 a.m.–5 p.m.        Visit                        With a shared dedication to protect the
  The Chestnut                         https://chestnutgroup.org/
                  Sunday, April 22                                  natural and historical integrity of this area,
 Group’s Spring                        for more information         Warner Park and The Chestnut Group (plein
                  Noon–5 p.m.          about the Show and
    Art Show                                                        air painters for the land) will partner this
                                       the Chestnut Group           spring to 'Honor The Earth' with an art show
                                                                    and exhibit. Representing the beauty of the
                                                                    Parks, and in conjunction with Earth Day
                                                                    2018, the art exhibit will be April 19-22 at
                                                                    Warner Park Nature Center.
                                                                    Coordinators: Vera Roberts, Friends of
                                                                    Warner Parks , & The Chestnut Group

Peeking in the    Friday, April 20    Age level: 6-8 years          The spring pond is full of life! Explore in, above
                  9:30-11:30 a.m. and (morning session)             and around the pond.
Pond                                  9-12 years                    Leader: Melissa Donahue
                  1-3 p.m.
                                      (afternoon session)
                                      Online registration
                                      opens April 5

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When Corvids     Saturday, April 21   Age level: 6 years       Well, in their minds they rule the world! Learn
                 10-11 a.m.           and up                   about the Corvidae family that includes
Rule the World                        Online registration      ravens, crows, and blue jays - known to some
                                      opens April 6            as the smartest in the bird world. If we're
                                                               lucky, maybe we'll find one nesting near the
                                                               nature center.
                                                               Leaders: Laura & Elizabeth Cook, BIRD Team
                                                               Volunteers
                 Saturday, April 21   Age level: All ages      We are calling on friends both big and small
Spring                                Online registration
                 10 a.m.-1 p.m.                                to seek out trash wherever it hides. Stop by
Spruce-Up                             is open                  the Nature Center to pick up your grippers,
                                                               bags and gloves and then join with fellow
                                                               park lovers to get this place clean as a whistle
                                                               and ready for spring!
                                                               Leader: Paul Fowler

Burch Reserve    Saturday, April 21   Age level: All ages      Join a Naturalist for a pleasant and invigorating
                 1:30-3:30 p.m.       Online registration      stroll on the newly opened Burch Reserve.
Hike                                                           Leader: Rachel Koch
                                      opens April 6
Creative         Wednesday,           Age level: 8 years       Explore ways to spice up your
Backcountry      April 25             and up                   next backcountry adventure as
                 5:30-7 p.m.          Online registration      we prepare and share a meal.
Cooking                               opens April 10           Move over ramen, chocolate
                                                               cake anyone?
                                                               Leaders: Rebecca Dandekar
                                                               and Rachel Koch

Penguins         Thursday, April 26   Age level: Adults, 13+   Conservation Biologist Melinda Welton just
                 7-8:30 p.m.          Online registration      returned from helping on a long term, large
Populations of                        is open                  scale research project studying Magellanic
Patagonia,                                                     Penguins in Argentina. The goal of this study is
Argentina                                                      to find out what penguins do far out at sea, and
                                                               to learn how this behavior could affect their
                                                               chicks back on land. The results could have
                                                               important conservation implications for this
                                                               very cool species.
                                                               Speaker: Melinda Welton

Grand Outings:   Friday, April 27     Age level: 2-6 years     Who is coming, who is leaving and who is
                 10-11 a.m.           Online registration      staying for the summer? Make a date with a
Migrating
                                      opens April 12           Grand Person in your life to share your passion
Birds                                                          for Nature. Limit 2 Grandchildren per adult
                                                               Leader: Melissa Donahue

iNaturalist:     Friday, April 27     Age level: Adults, 13+   Busy Saturday? Then get a jumpstart on the City
                 10-11:30 a.m.        Online registration      Nature Challenge! All you need is your
City Nature                                                    smartphone or camera and an iNaturalist
                                      opens April 12
Challenge                                                      username. We will explore a “hidden” area of
Sneak Peek                                                     Warner Park to add to Warner Park’s
                                                               biodiversity list. Learn more about the
                                                               iNaturalist project at https://www.inaturalist.org/.
                                                               Leader: Kim Bailey

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iNaturalist:       Saturday, April 28   Age level: 10 years+     Join biologists and nature enthusiasts as we
                   8 a.m.-noon          Online registration      head out to different areas of the park in
Nashville’s City                                                 search of wildflowers, trees, insects,
                                        is open
Nature Challenge                                                 amphibians and more! Bring your smartphone
                                                                 or camera and prepare to add to the Park’s
                                                                 Biodiversity list while learning from
                                                                 specialists. Learn more about the iNaturalist
                                                                 project at https://www.inaturalist.org/.
                                                                 Coordinator: Kim Bailey, Nature Center Staff
                                                                 and Volunteers

                                                                               Celebrate “the Year of the Bird”
Spring Bird                                                                    highlighting spring migrants,
Celebration &                                                                  bird research, and bird
International                                                                  conservation. Participants may
                                                                               observe bird banding research
Migratory                                                                      between 9 a.m.-noon, and enjoy
Bird Day                                                                       hikes and activities throughout
Saturday, April 28                                                             the day. For more information
                                                                               about International Migratory
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
                                                                               Bird Day, go to
                                                                               www.birdday.org.
                                                                               Leaders: BIRD Team, Nature
                                                                               Center Staff and Volunteers
                                                                               Photo credit Charlie Curry

Bird               Saturday, April 28   Age level: All ages      How can you tell an Eastern Towhee from a
                   10-11 a.m.           Online registration      Hermit Thrush? Twelve-year old BIRD Team
Identification                          opens April 13           Volunteer Elizabeth will explain the key
Family Hike                                                      identification steps and then lead a quick hike
                                                                 identifying our resident and migrating birds.
                                                                 Leader: Elizabeth Cook & BIRD Volunteers

Finding            Saturday, April 28   Age level: Adults, 13+   Stroll around the Nature Center campus and
                   1:30-2:30 p.m.       Online registration      along the Warner Park Bluebird Trail. We’ll talk
Bluebirds
                                        opens April 13           about nest boxes and the historic bluebird
                                                                 program which began in 1936.
                                                                 Leaders: Diana McLusky and the Bluebird Team

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Burch          Thursday, May 3   Age level: Adults, 13+   May is here and it’s time for a bird
MAY  Reserve        8:30-10:30 a.m.   Online registration
                                      is open
                                                               hike. Inventory the birds we see and
                                                               hear on the Burch Reserve.
                                                               Leaders: John Kell and Sandy Bivens
     Bird Hike

     Yummy         Friday, May 4      Age level: 6-8 years     What do popcorn,
                   9:30-11:30 a.m.    (morning session)        volcanoes and parfaits have
     Geology       and 1-3 p.m.       9-12 years               to do with geology? Come
                                      (afternoon session)      find out and have a fun
                                      Online registration      snack to boot.
                                      opens April 19           Leader: Kim Bailey

Spring Bird        Saturday, May 5    Age level: Adults, 13+   Contribute to a state-wide spring bird research
                   7:30-10:30 a.m.    Online registration      project by inventorying birds in Warner Park.
     Count                            is open                  Leaders: Rachel Anderson, Kim Bailey and BIRD
                                                               Team

“Bird Friendly”    Saturday, May 5    Age level: Adults, 13+   Drop in for a free sample of fresh,
                   9 a.m.-3 p.m.      Registration not         delicious “bird-friendly” coffee.
     Coffee Club                      required                 Coffee will also be available for
                                                               purchase so you can make a pot of
                                                               your favorite blend at home.
                                                               Coordinator: Kassie White

Burch              Saturday, May 5    Age level: 8 years       Admire wildflowers, spring migrants and other
                   9-11 a.m.          and up                   wildlife as we hike and witness the Burch
Reserve                               Online registration      Reserve during the height of spring.
Hike                                  opens April 20           Leader: Rebecca Dandekar

                                      Age level: All ages      Animal hunt anyone? Get up
Predator or        Saturday, May 5
                   1:30-3 p.m.        Online registration      close and personal with
Prey?                                 opens April 20           several smaller residents of
                                                               the Park. Can you
                                                               distinguish predator
                                                               from prey?
                                                               Leader: Rebecca Dandekar

Seeking            Thursday, May 10   Age level: Adults, 13+   Meet at beautiful Indian Springs picnic ground
Songsters          8:30-10:30 a.m.    Online registration      for an easy, song-filled hike. We'll expect to see
                                      opens April 25           and hear thrushes, warblers, tanagers, and
                                                               other neo-tropical migrants that have just
                                                               flown in from Latin America and the Caribbean.
                                                               Leader: Susan Bradfield, BIRD Volunteer

Grand Outing:      Friday, May 11     Age level: 2-6 years     Bluebirds are nesting now, so let’s observe
                   10-11 a.m.         Online registration      these birds and learn their language. Make a
Baby Bluebirds                        opens April 26           date with a Grand Person in your life to share
                                                               your passion for Nature.
                                                               Limit 2 grandchildren per adult
                                                               Leader: Melissa Donahue

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Saturday, May 12   Age level: All ages      Notice the colors of spring
Do You See
                   1:30-3 p.m.        Online registration      through the media of
What I See?                           opens April 27           drawing and painting.
                                                               Leader: Heather Gallagher

iNaturalist:       Monday, May 14     Age level: Adults, 13+   Calling all butterfly enthusiasts! Do you love to
Counting           10 a.m.-3 p.m.     Online registration      watch butterflies flit among wildflowers? Do
                                      is open                  you want to learn more about them? Join us to
Butterflies!                                                   gather data for the North American Butterfly
                                                               Association’s May Count. Bring your
                                                               smartphone or camera and help us add to the
                                                               Warner Park iNaturalist Biodiversity Project.
                                                               Plan to attend for part or all of the day.
                                                               Leaders: Rebecca Dandekar, Melissa Donahue
                                                               and Kim Bailey

Mapping the Past   Tuesday, May 15    Age level: Adults, 13+   Warner Park History Volunteers have
                   10-11:30 a.m.      Online registration      uncovered many maps over the past year—
                                      is open                  some as early as 1800s! Peruse the early maps
                                                               of the Park and observe the changes evident
                                                               today.
                                                               Leader: Heather Gallagher

New Moon Hike      Wednesday,         Age level: All ages      Bring your mother, daughter, sister, or friend or
                   May 16             Online registration      come alone, but join us for a dark hike. With the
for Women                             opens May 1
                   7:30-8:30 p.m.                              moon being barely visible, we will make our
and                                                            way along the trails, stopping periodically to
Girls                                                          talk about the significance of this moon phase.
                                                               Leaders: Rachel Koch, Eleanor Koch, and
                                                               Heather Gallagher

                   Friday, May 18     Age level: Adults, 13+   Explore the forest
Mushroom           9-11 a.m.          Online registration      for a variety of unique,
Hunt                                  is open                  weird and colorful fungi.
                                                               Leader: Deb Beazley

Muddy              Saturday, May 19   Age level: Adults, 13+   Put on your weekend warrior outfit and join the
                   10 a.m.-1 p.m.     Online registration      crew for a day out on the trails to enhance trails
Buddies                                                        and improve the hiking experience for
                                      is open
                                                               everyone.
                                                               Leader: Paul Fowler

Grow an            Saturday, May 19   Age level: All ages      It’s not too late to plant a summer garden! Visit
Organic            10-11:30 a.m.      Online registration      the Nature Center’s organic garden and learn all
                                      opens May 4              about how to get started. Participants will plant
Garden                                                         a seed to take home.
                                                               Leader: Vera Roberts

                                                    Spring 2018 Program Schedule
                                                         wpnc.nashville.gov
Full Moon                 Friday, May 25      Age level: All ages       These laid-back, family-friendly fundraisers
                          7-11 p.m.           Tickets may be            feature Middle Tennessee’s finest bluegrass
Pickin’ Party                                                           music under the light of a full moon. Musicians
                                              purchased through
                                              nowplayingnashville.com   and music lovers alike are invited to enjoy this
                                              For more information      Nashville tradition in one of its most beautiful
                                              visit                     settings: Warner Park. All funds raised by the
                                              www.warnerparks.org.      Pickin’ Parties go directly toward protecting
                                                                        and preserving the Park as well as funding
                                                                        educational programs and special projects.
                                                                        Coordinators: Friends of Warner Parks

The                       Saturday, May 26    Age level: 8 years        Northern parula, Kentucky, yellow-throated,
                          10-11:30 a.m.       and up, families          black-and-white – these are all warblers that
Wonder of                                     welcome                   can be found in our forest in late spring.
Wood                                          Online registration       Experience the wonder of warblers as we
Warblers                                      opens May 11              imitate their calls, explore their habitat and
                                                                        discover their secrets.
                                                                        Leader: Rachel Anderson

Full Moon                  Tuesday, May 29   Age level: All ages        Bring a picnic supper to enjoy the full moonlight
                           6:30-8 p.m.       Online registration        through the trees.
Campfire                                     opens May 14               Leaders: Heather Gallagher, Volunteer Musician
                                                                        Johnny Rose and Jon Dodson, Metro Parks
                                                                        Outdoor Recreation Program

Ch...ch...changes in Warner Park and the Nature Center!
   The Nature Center museum is open. View exhibits designed to highlight flora and fauna in the Park
    ecosystem, as well as to pique your interest in Park history—both before and after 1927.
   Visit the Burch Reserve, located on the north side of Highway 100 across the street from the Nature Center.
    Join a Naturalist on one of our many guided hikes, or enjoy a peaceful walk.
   Upgrades are obvious throughout Percy and Edwin Warner Parks. Preservation work on the allee, Crab
    Orchard sandstone gates and columns are just two of the many projects taking place right now!
   Beginning this summer, our schedule will be available at the front desk in hard copy listing programs, dates
    and times, and age requirements. Detailed descriptions will be accessible at the wpnc.nashville.gov website.
   The Nuthatch News is changing too! In cooperation with Metro ITS and Friends of Warner Parks, we will
    offer a more readable, rich newsletter. Don’t worry: if you are already on our mailing list, you’ll still receive
    the newsletter monthly. If you don’t already get it, email the Nature Center at wpnc@nashville.gov and ask
    to be on our list.

                                                              Spring 2018 Program Schedule
                                                                   wpnc.nashville.gov
2018 Spring Schedule At-a-glance

March                                                                  April (cont’d)
3: Spring StoryWalk Reveal, dawn-11 p.m., all ages                     20: Peeking in the Pond, 9:30-11:30 a.m. (6-8 years) & 1-3 p.m.
3: Cemeteries of Warner Park, 8:30 a.m.-noon, adults, 13+              (9-12 years)
3: Weed Wrangle, 9 a.m.-noon, adults                                   21: When Corvids Rule the World, 10-11 a.m., 6 years+
3: “Bird Friendly” Coffee Club, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., adults, 13+             21: Spring Spruce-up, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., all ages
3: Compost Nashville, 1-2:30 p.m., all ages                            21: Burch Reserve Hike, 1:30-3:30 p.m., all ages
8: Spring Forward-to the Hill Forest!, 3-5 p.m., 8 years+              25: Creative Backcountry Cooking, 5:30-7 p.m., 8 years+
9: Organic Gardening, 9-10:30 a.m., adults, 13+                        26: Penguin Populations of Patagonia, 7-8:30 p.m., adults, 13+
9: Feathers, 9:30-11:30 a.m. (6-8 years) & 1-3 p.m. (9-12 years)       27: Grand Outings: Migrating Birds, 10-11 a.m., 2-6 years
10: REI Trail Running, 10-11:30 a.m., adults, 13+                      27: iNaturalist City Nature Challenge Sneak Peek, 10:30-11:30
10: Birds of the Burch, 1:30-3:30 p.m., all ages                       a.m., adults, 13+
16: Jolly Green Giants, 10-11 a.m., 3-5 years                          28: iNaturalist City Nature Challenge, 8 a.m.-noon, 10 years+
17: Explore the Burch Reserve, 9-11 a.m., 8 years and up               28: Spring Celebration & International Migratory Bird Day
17: iNaturalist: Aquatic Critters, 1-2:30 p.m., 8 years+
20: Waterthrush Walk, 8:30-9:30 a.m., adults, 13+
23: All Around, 9:30-11:30 a.m. (6-8 years), 1-3 p.m. (9-12 years)      Spring Bird Celebration
24: iNaturalist: Spring Wildflowers, 9-11 a.m., adults, 13+                             & International Migratory Bird Day
24: iNaturalist: Family Forest Flowers, 1-2:30 p.m., all ages
29: Wildflower Stroll to Quiet Point, 5:30-7 p.m., adults, 13+
30: Phishing for Fish, 10 a.m.-noon, all ages                                                 Bird Research Project, 9 a.m.-noon
31: Burch Reserve Hike, 10 a.m.-noon, all ages                                                 Bird Identification Family Hike
31: It’s Hammock Season, 1:30-3 p.m., all ages                                                        10-11 a.m., all ages
                                                                                                      Finding Bluebirds
                                                                                                  1:30-2:30 p.m., adults, 13+
April                                                                                         Activities for all ages 9 a.m.-2 p.m
3: Bird Nerds, 9 a.m.-noon, all ages
4: Spring into Gardening, 10 a.m.-noon, all ages
5: American Nature Warriors, 10 a.m.-noon, all ages
6: Spring Wildflower Walk, 9-11 a.m., adults, 13+
6: Tree Climb, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 8 years+
6: Spring Hayride, 7-9 p.m., all ages                                                                       photo credit Charlie Curry
7: iNaturalist Spring Migration Bird Hike, 8-10 a.m., adults, 13+
7: A Blue Hike, 10-11:30 a.m., all ages                                May
7: Trail Running Basics with REI, 10-11:30 a.m., adults, 13+           5: Predator or Prey?, 1:30-3 p.m., all ages
13: Going Batty, 10-11 a.m., 3-5 years                                 10: Seeking Songsters, 8:30-10:30 a.m., adults, 13+
14: Grand Gates and Staircase, 10-11:30 a.m., adults, 13+              11: Grand Outings: Baby Bluebirds, 10-11 a.m., 2-6 years
14: Microbe Mania, 1-2:30 p.m., all ages                               12: Do you see what I see?, 1:30-3 p.m., all ages
18: Picnic with the Frogs, 5:30-7 p.m., all ages                       14: Counting Butterflies, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., adults, 13+
19: Bird Walk at Deep Well, 8:30-10:30 a.m., adults, 13+               15: Mapping the Past, 10-11:30 a.m., adults, 13+
                                                                       16: New Moon Hike, 7:30-8:30 p.m., all ages
                                                                       18: Mushroom Hunt, 9-11 a.m., adults, 13+
                                                                       19: Muddy Buddies, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., adults, 13+
               Honor the Earth                                         19: Grow an Organic Garden, 10-11:30 a.m., all ages
                                                                       25: Full Moon Pickin’ Party, 7-11 p.m., all ages
   The Chestnut Group’s Spring Art Show                                26: The Wonder of Wood Warblers, 10-11:30 a.m., 8 years+
           benefiting Friends of Warner Parks
                                                                       29: Full Moon Campfire, 6:30-8 p.m., all ages
   Friday, April 20, & Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
             Sunday, April 22, Noon-5 p.m.
                                                                        Most programs require registration.
                                                                      For a complete listing of program details,
                                                                              visit wpnc.nashville.gov

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