Spring Break Activities 2019

Bowie Nature Park has a lot going on this Spring Break.  Families, scout groups, and community groups are all invited to come and participate in a new nature oriented activity each day.  Programming will be available Monday-Friday of Williamson County’s Spring Break (March 18th-22th) from 10am-2pm.  Activities are simple and fun and designed for children and their caregivers to do together.

FREE programs! No registration required. 



Monarchs and Milkweed 

Monarchs are amazing!  Come learn all about them and get your own milkweed seeds to spread. We will be joined by Mike Berkley of GroWild for a native plant talk at 11am! 



Digging for Fossils 

Dive into the past by exploring our fossil collections.  You can even dig for real fossils!



Vernal Equinox Extravaganza 

 Spring is here!  Come celebrate with activities, and crafts.  Some refreshments will be provided.



Wonderful Wetlands

Wetlands are like nurseries for many different animals.  Come by to see what treasures they hold!



Astronomy Day with the BSAS

Members of BSAS will be here to show off their telescopes and do some astronomical activities!

Weed Wrangle 2019

Weed Wrangle at Bowie Nature Park

WHEN: Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 9am to 11am and 12pm to 2pm.

WHAT: 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).

We will have a morning group pulling Chinese Privet and Japanese Honeysuckle from 9 to 11am.  The afternoon group will be planting native species from noon to 2pm to help hold the disturbed soil and eventually feed our native wildlife.

Lunch will be provided in-between volunteer sessions for anyone volunteering that day.  The food will be located at Shelter #1 where we will meet up before each session.

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.

WHERE: 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 www.hon.org.  To register specifically for Bowie Nature Park, please click on the link provided.

Registration for Weed Wrangle at Bowie

Everyone will meet at Shelter #1 and then as a group we will take a short hike to the pulling/planting site.

WHY: 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 Brooke Fleeman at [email protected] or 615-799-5544 ext.0 for more information or to answer any questions you may have.

Camp Bowie 2019

Camp Bowie 2019

Discover the wonders of the natural world this summer at Bowie Nature Park’s Camp Bowie! Our day camps are a great way for kids to learn about nature while having fun.  Each week campers will experience exciting nature studies, fun games, arts & crafts, and exploration hikes around our 700 acre park.  Registration begins February 1st.

Camps are held in June and July. Half-day Camps for 5-7 year olds are from 8:30-12:00pm and require a tuition of $75 per week.  Full-day camps are available for 8-12 year olds and are from 8:30-3:30pm.  The cost is $125 a week.  All campers will receive a t-shirt, daily snacks, and life-long memories.

Camp Dates and Themes:

Half Day Camps

Little Adventurers Camp—5-7 year olds (June 10th-14th) – $75    FULL

Get outside and explore with us!  All week we will learn about outdoor survival basics and learn valuable skills using hands-on activities and games.


A Bug’s Life Camp—5-7 year olds (July 8th-12th) – $75    FULL

This week will focus on lives of the most abundant creatures on earth.  Campers will learn about these creepy crawlies through games, crafts, and exploration of their different habitats.


Full Day Camps

Outdoor Adventures—8-12 year olds (June 17th-21st) – $125  FULL 

Campers will learn outdoor skills like outdoor cooking, shelter building, and orienteering through fun games and hands-on activities.


Camp Splash—8-12 year olds (June 24th-28th) – $125  FULL

Come cool off this summer at “Camp Splash”.   Campers will hike in the creeks, search for water creatures, and enjoy water games each afternoon.  Come prepared to get wet and to have lots of fun!


Camp Bugology—8-12 year olds (July 15th-19th) – $125  FULL

For every one human, there are 1.5 billion bugs. Come learn about these interesting creatures that have us so outnumbered. Campers will explore bugs that swim, fly, hop and live underground.


Astronomy Camp—8-12 year olds (July 22nd-26th) – $125  FULL

Come explore the universe with us!  We will investigate stars, satellites, black holes, space travel and more in our out-of-this-world camp.

Camper Registration Forms can be downloaded online or requested by email, phone or in person.

Registration does not open until February 1st 2019.



If you are in need of financial aid, scholarships may be available.  Please contact the Program Director for a scholarship application.

Scholarship Deadline is April 25th.


If you have any questions, please contact the Program Director:

Nancy Jackson

(615) 799-5544 ext 2

[email protected]

Star Party – Feb 8th 2019

Star Party

All Ages

6:30 – 8:30pm

February 8th

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.

Programs for Little Ones – Winter 2019

Nature Strollers

Ages: 18 months to 5 years

10:00am to 11:00am

January 7th – The Moon

February 4th – Winter Birds 

March 4th – Signs of Spring

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

9:30 – 10:00am

March 4th – Signs of Spring

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.

Owl Prowl – Winter 2019

Owl Prowl

All Ages

January 18th


Owls are amazing nocturnal navigators, fantastic flyers, and the silent hunters of the bird world.  Take a night hike with us as we call for owls and hopefully spot these majestic creatures. Meet us at the Nature Center!

Registration is required. Please call 615-799-5544 ext 2 or email [email protected] to inquire about spaces available

Programs Designed for Homeschoolers – Winter 2019

To register for any of the following programs, please contact Nancy Jackson at [email protected] or (615)799-5544 ext 2





January 14th – Tracks & Traces – Registration opens Jan. 2nd

February 11th – Rocks & Minerals – Registration opens Jan. 15th

March 11th – Weather – Registration opens Feb. 12th 

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 on date stated above





January 28th – Tracks & Traces – Registration opens Jan. 8th

February 25th – Rocks & Minerals – Registration opens Jan. 29th

March 25th – Weather – Registration opens Feb. 26th 

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 on date stated above



Ages: 13-18


February 20th – 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.




Theme: Junior Rangers – Come learn Naturalist skills as we explore everything that makes Tennessee unique.  Participants will have a chance to earn a Junior Ranger Badge at the end of the series.

Class dates: January 30th, February 13th & 27th, and March 13th – 12:00 to 1:30pm

*Must be able to 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 January 23rd, 2019