Group Hikes

Hike with a Naturalist

All Ages

9 to 10:30am

October 1st & 20th

November 5th & 17th

December 3rd & 15th

Join a park Naturalist for an interpretive hike through the park.  We will meet twice a month to hike a different area.  We will begin the hike in different spots in the park such as the different picnic shelters.  Feel free to ask nature or park related questions.

Registration is required.

*Masks are not required, but are suggested in case they are needed.

Nature Strollers

Nature Strollers

Ages: 18 months to 5 years

10:00am to 11:00am

October 5th – Seasons

October 19th – Spiders & Bats

November 9th – Weather

December 7th – Winter Solstice

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.

Registration is required

*Masks are not required, but are suggested in case they are needed.

Options for Homeschoolers

Homeschool Field Trips

We are excited to be offering options for Homeschool families once again!  These programs will be set up more like a field trip for now.  Each month will have its own theme and there will also be options for emphasis on a certain topic within the theme.  If you do not choose an emphasis, it is likely that the theme will have all that are listed tied into the program.

At this time, we will be scheduling with family groups only.  If there are multiple family groups that are wanting to join each other, that is fine as long as the total number of people stays under 15. Please see the bottom of the page for more information on how to register.

October – Seasonal Changes

The main theme will be Seasonal Changes.  If you would like to choose an emphasis that fits into your curriculum or current interests, please choose from the list provided.  Emphasis include: Adaptations, Why the Seasons, Senses.

November – Should I Stay or Should I Go?

The main theme for this month will be plant and animal movement. If you would like to choose an emphasis that fits into your curriculum or current interests, please choose from the list provided.

Emphasis include: Migration vs. Hibernation, Seed Dispersal.

*We will have the program entirely outside and be adhering to social distancing guidelines.  Please have each attendee bring a mask for instances that we may encounter where we cannot social distance.


When you call to schedule, please have the following information ready:

– Name of Parents attending

– main contact’s information

– children’s names and ages

– A couple dates and times

– An emphasis if you’d like

Call (615)799-5544 ext. 2 or email [email protected] to get scheduled.

Camp Bowie 2020 – CANCELED

Camp Bowie has been canceled for the summer of 2020


Camp Bowie 2020

Experience nature, science, and fun at Bowie Nature Park’s Summer Camps!

We offer half-day camps for 5-7 year olds and full-day camps for 8-12 year olds, with activities such as creek exploration, arts and crafts, and nature games.

Camp Themes & Dates

Dirt Detectives (5-7yrs)  June 15th – 19th $100

From insect studies to composting and soil sifting, we will detect what’s to be found in the ground. If it involves dirt, chances are we will have our hands in it this week. Dress for the mess!

Scales & Slime (8-12yrs) – June 22nd – 26th – $175

Do you enjoy searching for snakes, turtles, salamanders, frogs, and toads? Join us as we visit unique habitats where reptiles and amphibians can be found. We will meet the happy herptiles that call the Bowie home and learn about their unique adaptations that enable them to survive.

Sensational Senses (5-7yrs) – July 13th – 17th – $100

All animals have their own special sensory super powers, and guess what? So do you! This week, we will spend each day focusing on one of our 5 main senses, and using those senses to explore the world around us. It’s amazing what you can learn when you use your powers of observation!

Water Wonders (8-12yrs) – July 20th – 24th – $175

Come cool off this summer with Camp Bowie.  Campers will explore the park’s many water features with dip nets, buckets, and magnifiers, and enjoy water games each afternoon.  Come prepared to get wet and to have lots of fun!


Please contact Program Director Nancy Jackson with any questions.

email: [email protected]

phone: 615-799-5544 ext 2


Star Party Canceled

The Star Party set for 7:30pm March 6th, 2020 has been canceled.

Weed Wrangle at Bowie Park Canceled

The Weed Wrangle event at Bowie Nature Park has been canceled. The tornadoes and storms that came through Middle Tennessee Tuesday early morning have devastated many. We believe that it is more important to allow our volunteers to focus on helping family, friends, neighbors, and fellow Tennesseans in their time of need.
According to Hands on Nashville, there is a large-scale volunteer cleanup effort being planned for Saturday and Sunday March 7th and 8th. We encourage everyone to do what they can to help those in need. We are stronger when we work together.
Volunteer opportunities through Hands on Nashville
Donations through Community Foundation of Middle TN
Donate items through Community Resource Center
at 218 Omohundro Place, Nashville, TN 37210

Hike w/a Naturalist canceled Feb 4th 2020

The Hike with a Naturalist program is cancelled for tomorrow Feb 4th due to high chance of rain and strong winds.

Weed Wrangle 2020


Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 9am to 11am


The Weed Wrangle®, is a one-day volunteer effort throughout Nashville and surrounding areas to help rescue our public parks and green spaces from invasive species through hands-on removal of especially harmful trees, vines and flowering plants. Typical unwelcome plants are honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica and L. maackii), Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense), winter creeper (Euonymus fortunei), autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata var. parviflora), English ivy (Hedera helix) and kudzu (Pueraria montana var. lobata).

Please wear close-toed shoes that are sturdy and you don’t mind getting dirty. Come dressed for the weather. Layers are usually good for this time of year since it can start off in the 30’s and make it to the 60’s and 70’s. Bring a water bottle (some will be available). It is not necessary to bring your own tools, but if you would like to, contact us to find out what works best.


Bowie Nature Park. As well as many other public parks and public-accessible spaces across Nashville. For meeting points and to register, please visit Hands on Nashville’s website ( and search “Weed Wrangle”, or you can click the link below to get to Bowie’s sign up page.
Direct Link to Bowie Sign Up


Invasive/exotic plants and the pests associated with them degrade woodlands, threaten wildlife habitat, increase the risk of wildfire and alter the appearance of public spaces, including those set aside for the enjoyment and recreation of all residents. Without decisive intervention, these plants, insects, and other non-native intruders will continue to adversely impact our city and state’s ecosystems, resources, and services.

Please contact Nancy Jackson at [email protected] or 615-799-5544 ext.2 for more information or to answer any questions you may have.

Winter Book Fair

Winter Reading Challenge & Book Fair

All Ages

January 24th – 10am to 2pm – Story Time will be at 11am & 1pm

January 25th – 9am to 12pm – Story Time will be at 10:30am

Babies to teens are invited to join us for a Winter Reading Challenge and Book Fair with Usborne Books & More. Register your children for the reading challenge so they can earn shopping money for the Book Fair.

Your purchases will help support the Bowie Playground Fund!

Follow this link to see the Facebook event.  Follow the event or email [email protected] to find out how to register.

This event will be held in the Nature Center.

Registration is preferred but not required.

Group Hike

Hike with a Naturalist

All Ages

10 to 11:30am

January 7th & 23rd

February 4th & 20th

March 3rd & 26th

We will meet twice a month to hike a different area of the park.  We will always meet at the Nature Center to begin the hike.  Feel free to ask nature or park related questions.

No registration required.