Night Hike

NIGHT HIKE

All Ages

November 16th

6:00pm-8:00pm

Come experience Bowie Nature Park at night. Meet inside the nature center and then go explore the trails with a Naturalist. We will end up in the Dome Meadow where we will roast marshmallows and make s’mores.

Registration is required. Please call 615-799-5544 or email programdirector@nullfairview-tn.org to inquire about spaces available.

Fall Fun Day 2018

Fall Fun Day!

October 6th, 2018 

Start the fall season out right.  On Saturday, October 6th bring the family out to Bowie Nature Park’s Fall Fun Day.  The excitement begins at 10am and will go on until 3pm.  The event is free and includes fall and nature themed activities for the whole family.  Children and grown-ups alike are encouraged to wear costumes. Pumpkins for decorating and food from vendors will be available for purchase.

 

Park in the event field behind the playground and follow the signs to begin the fun.  Your first stop will be just outside the Nature Center where you can grab a bag for your candy and get oriented by volunteers at the welcome table.  Next up is the Pumpkin Patch where you can purchase a pumpkin to decorate and then you will be on to the bounce house for some much-needed bounce therapy.  Inside the Nature Center you can enjoy making fall crafts.  Now, just head out the back door where you can get your face painted and find the beginning of the Games Trail with nature and fall related carnival games stationed around this short trail behind the Nature Center.  At each game station, children will win prizes or candy.

This year we are overly joyed to have a few guests from Montgomery Bell State Park joining us.  Ranger Tim Wheatley will be bringing some of their ambassador animals to show and tell about their unique qualities.  He will be presenting at 10:30am and again at 12:30pm.

Another new addition to the festivities includes free face painting by Fantasy Face Artistry.

This is a wonderful community event that could not happen without our amazing volunteers.  Past volunteer groups have included Friends of Bowie Nature Park, Fairview High School’s HOSA club, Fairview Middle School’s Junior Beta Club, and Brentwood Highschool Students.  Volunteers are always needed and individuals are always welcome.  If you would like to volunteer for this event in any way, please contact Nancy Jackson at (615)799-5544 ext 2 or by email at programdirector@nullfairview-tn.org

Programs for Little Ones

This fall we will be changing the times for the Puppet Powwow so that it will happen just before Nature Strollers.  You are not required to attend both programs but are more than welcome to.  

Joann’s Puppet Powwow

Ages: Families

10:00 – 10:30am

October 8th – Nocturnal Animals

November 5th – Fall Changes

Have a seat around our puppet theater in Joann’s Outdoor Classroom as our naturalists present a series of puppet shows! Every series will revolve around a central environmental theme such as life cycles, hibernation, or pollination. Puppet shows will be followed by activities that enhance the topic addressed in the show.

No registration required but may be canceled due to weather. Call 615-799-5544 for information.

 

Nature Strollers

Ages: 18 months to 5 years

10:00am to 11:00am

October 8th – Nocturnal Animals – Forest Night, Forest Bright – by Jennifer Ward 

November 5th – Fall Changes – In the Middle of Fall – by Kevin Henkes

Encourage your little one’s curiosity with nature and the outdoors! During the program, we will read a book, sing songs, play games, make a craft, and go on a child friendly hike.  Each month there will be a new theme.

No registration required

 

Programs Designed for Homeschoolers – Fall 2018

NATURE EXPLORERS

AGES: 5-7 YEARS OLD

10-11am

October 15th – Creepy Crawlies

November 19th – Fall Changes

Bring your children out to a naturalist-led class that will immerse them in the natural world, using different exploration-based techniques to get them engaged.

Registration required – opens at 8:00am September 18th

 

NATURE INVESTIGATORS

AGES: 8-12 YEARS OLD

10-11:30am

October 22nd – Nocturnal Critters

November 26th – Migration and Movement

Join us monthly as we become scientists and learn the skills necessary to observe and explore our world.  Each month we will have a new topic.

Registration required – opens at 8:00am September 25th

 

NATURE RANGERS

Ages: 13-18

10am-11:30pm

October 16th – Owls and Food Chains

November 20th – Fall and Winter Tree ID

Seize this unique opportunity to closely study the park’s ecology using scientific methods. Participants will do hands on field research using lab techniques and data collection to examine the many environments of Bowie.

Registration is required.

NATURE SCOUTS

AGES: 8-12 YEARS OLD

Theme: For this semester, we will be studying astronomy! Members of BSAS will be joining us for a special day of solar viewing and night class of stargazing.

October 24th, November 7th & 28th – 12:00 to 1:30pm

December 7th (night class) 5:30 to 7:00pm

*Must attend all classes

Allow your child’s interest to thrive in this comprehensive science program that uses four classes over an eight-week period to investigate a seasonal theme. This program has a special registration process.  Since this program is more in-depth than our other homeschool-oriented classes, we have created a unique registration process. If you child/ren would like to participate in the theme for the nature scouts class, they will need to write one paragraph on why they are interested. The paragraph must be handwritten. This way we know that all the students in the class are really passionate about the subject. We will have a date that the paragraphs must be handed in by. Participants in the course will be chosen based on the content of their handwritten paragraph as well as the order in which we receive their registration.

Registration is required – Paragraphs are due by October 17th, 2018

Programs for Little Ones – Summer 2018

Nature Strollers

Ages: 18 months to 5 years

10:00am to 11:00am

August 13th – Butterflies – A Butterfly Is Patient – by Dianna Hutts Aston & Sylvia Long 

September 10th – Snakes –  I DON’T LIKE SNAKES – by Nicola Davies 

Encourage your little one’s curiosity with nature and the outdoors! During the program, we will read a book, sing songs, play games, make a craft, and go on a child friendly hike.  Each month there will be a new theme.

No registration required

 

Joann’s Puppet Powwow

Ages: Families

10:00 – 10:30am

September 4th – Insects

Have a seat around our puppet theatre in Joann’s Outdoor Classroom as our naturalists present a series of puppet shows! Every series will revolve around a central environmental theme such as life cycles, hibernation, or pollination. Puppet shows will be followed by activities that enhance the topic addressed in the show.

No registration required but may be canceled due to weather. Call 615-799-5544 for information.

Star Party – August 2018

Star Party

All Ages

8:30 – 10:30pm

August 17th 

Join Bowie Park and Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society at our Star Party.  Feel free to bring a blanket so you can lie down and look up.  BSAS will have telescopes to look at objects such as Saturn, Mars, and double stars!   

No registration required but may be canceled due to weather. Call 615-799-5544 for information. Check our Facebook page for last minute cancellation notices.

Yoga in Bowie Park

 

Yoga can be practiced by all ages and fitness levels. 

In the event of inclement weather, class will be moved into the Nature Center.

 

Yoga with Rebecca Dandekar – RYT 200

Ages: 13yrs & Up

Thursdays

5:30 to 6:30pm

Strengthen your body and calm your mind surrounded by the peaceful beauty of Bowie Park. Join us in Joann’s Outdoor Classroom to begin your yoga practice or deepen an existing practice; all skill levels welcome. Please bring a mat and water.

$5/class Suggested Donation

No registration required

 

 

Yoga with Maarika Mann – RYT 200

Ages: 13yrs & Up

Saturdays

9:00 to 10:00am

From saucha to savasana, come practice yoga in Joann’s Outdoor Classroom. Learn basic meditation to calm your mind, yin yoga to strengthen your poses and yoga sequences you can incorporate into your own practice. Please bring a mat and water.

Donations Welcome

No registration required.

Classes Designed for Homeschoolers – Summer 2018

NATURE EXPLORERS

AGES: 5-7 YEARS OLD

10-11am

September 17th – Cold Blooded Creatures

Bring your children out to a naturalist-led class that will immerse them in the forest, using different exploration-based techniques to engage them with nature.

Registration required – opens at 8:00am August 14th

 

NATURE INVESTIGATORS

AGES: 8-12 YEARS OLD

10-11am

September 24th – Scales & Scutes 

Join us monthly as we become scientists and learn the skills necessary to observe and explore our natural world.  Each month we will have a new topic. 

Registration required – opens at 8:00am August 21st

 

NATURE SCOUTS

Theme: Habitats

August 15th & 29th, September 12th & 26th 

Ages: 8-12 years old

12:00 – 1:30pm

*Must attend all classes

Allow your child’s interest to thrive in this comprehensive science program that uses four classes over an eight-week period to investigate a seasonal theme. This program has a special registration process.  Since this program is more in-depth than our other homeschool-oriented classes, we have created a unique registration process. If you child/ren would like to participate in the theme for the nature scouts class, they will need to write one paragraph on why they are interested. The paragraph must be handwritten. This way we know that all the students in the class are really passionate about the subject. We will have a date that the paragraphs must be handed in by. Participants in the course will be chosen based on the content of their handwritten paragraph as well as the order in which we receive their registration.

Registration is required – Paragraphs are due by July 25th, 2018

 

NATURE RANGERS

AGES: 13-18 YEARS OLD

10am-12pm

September 18th – Reptiles

Seize this unique opportunity to closely study the park’s ecology using scientific methods. Participants will do hands on field research using lab techniques and data collection to examine the many environments of Bowie.

Registration is required.

TWRA Youth Fishing Rodeo June 2018

Fairview Parks Department and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) is inviting kids ages 16 and under to take part in one of the world’s oldest and most-loved pastimes – fishing!

This year’s Youth Fishing Rodeo will be held once again at Veteran’s Memorial Park at Evergreen Lake off of Hwy 96 in Fairview.  It is located on Black Pine Road across the street form Leatherwood Inc.

The Rodeo will be June 9th from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. as part of the statewide Free Fishing Day.  Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. with a drawing for prizes at 10 a.m.  Prizes to be given away have been donated by TWRA and include fishing equipment such as tackle boxes, and fishing poles.

In addition to having a chance to catch catfish and win prizes, participants will be treated to free hot dogs and bottled water.

On June 9th, kids 16 and under will have the first shot at catching hundreds of pounds of catfish that TWRA will release into the lake at Veterans Memorial Park.  Participants should bring one fishing pole per child participating in the Fishing Rodeo.  Please leave extra rods in the car.  Once the drawing for prizes is finished at 10am, the stocked area will be opened to everyone and extra rods are welcome.

Free Fishing Day events have been held across Tennessee since the early 1990s and the event in Fairview continues to grow every year.

Free Fishing Day is a statewide and national celebration that offers an opportunity for anyone to fish without possessing a fishing license. Dozens of special events are held across the state with most designed to attract kids to the outdoors, but with their parents’ participation.  However, the day is also meant to allow anyone to fish for free with the intent of introducing more people to fishing, or to rekindling an old passion for the outdoors.

All public waters will be open to fishing without a license requirement on June 10th, according to the TWRA.

Garden Party – POSTPONED. DATE TO BE DETERMINED.

Garden Party

June 16th

8 to 11:00am 

All Ages Welcome

A new rain garden is under construction at the Nature Center and we need your help to get it going!  A rain garden is a shallow depression that is planted with deep-rooted native plants.  Its job is to capture rainwater runoff and stop the water from reaching the sewer system. Rain gardens greatly increase your contribution to preserving clean rainwater, creating habitat, and preventing local flooding and water pollution.  Join us to learn more about these unique features and get your hands dirty helping to build one here in Bowie Park.

 

Registration is required.  To register, please contact Nancy Jackson.

Email: programdirector@nullfairview-tn.org               Phone: (615)799-5544 ext 2