Star Party

Star Parties

April 20th – 7:30 to 9:30pm

June 22nd – 8:30 to 10:30pm

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.  May be canceled due to weather conditions.  Check our Facebook page for last minute cancellation notices.

Hike with a Naturalist

Hike with a Naturalist

All Ages Welcome


April 2nd

May 7th

June 4th

Join a park Naturalist for an interpretive hike through the beautiful trails here in Bowie Park. Get to know the park in a new way and feel free to ask questions!

No registration required.

Nature Rangers




April 17th – Population Study

May 8th – Wetland Ecology

Bowie now has a Homeschool Class designed for 13-18 year olds! 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.

Night Hike

Twilight Stroll

All Ages Welcome

May 25th


Experience the park as the sun goes down.  We will hike through the forest as we search for animals who are active at dusk, play some games, and sit around a fire.

Registration required. Call 615-799-5544 or email

Camp Bowie 2018

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.  Half-day Camps for 8-12 year olds are also from 8:30-12:00pm and require a tuition of $100 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 water bottle, t-shirt, daily snacks, and life-long memories.

Camp Dates and Themes:

Half Day Camps

Art in Nature – 8-12 year olds (June 11th-15th) – $100 – 6 spaces available

Bring out the nature-loving artist in your child.  Campers will spend time outside learning to see the beauty of nature and develop artworks based on their discoveries. On Friday parents and friends are invited to an exhibition of the art campers created during the week.


Fun with Nature—5-7 year olds (July 9th-13th) – $75   FULL

This week is all about having fun in nature!  Campers will make nature art and play games as they learn about the world around them.


Wacky Weather—5-7 year olds (July 23rd-27th) – $75  FULL

This camp is all about how weather forms and how it affects the world around us.  We will use many tools and fun experiments to learn about all types of weather.


Full Day Camps

Wild Weather—8-12 year olds (July 16th-20th) – $125  FULL

We will be focusing on the extreme side of things in this week-long weather camp.  The campers will harness the power of lightning, create a tornado with their own two hands, and ultimately learn how to predict the weather!


Nature Navigators—8-12 year olds (June 25th-29th) – $125 FULL

Learn how to load your trail pack, read a map, and navigate many different ways.  Each day campers will discover a new way to traverse the world around them and will be faced with adventures that will challenge their new skills.


Rockin’ Minerals—8-12 year olds (June 18th-22nd) – $125 FULL

Spend the week rocking out! Learn about unique rocks, minerals, fossils, and geological features around the world and here in TN. Have a chance to sift for fossils, explode a volcano, create a rock collection, and much more!


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

Download Registration Form here >


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


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

Nancy Jackson

(615)799-5544 ext 2

Programs for Little Ones

Puppet Powwow

Ages: Families

New Time: 10:00am-10:45am

January 9th – Staying Warm

February 6th – Skulls

March 6th – Animal Babies

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.


Nature Strollers

Ages: 18 months to 5 years

10:00am to 11:00am

January 22nd – Hibernation – Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner

February 12th – Groundhogs – Groundhog Gets a Say by Pamela Curtis Swallow

March 12th – Seasonal Changes – Tree by Britta Teckentrup

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

Yoga with Maarika Mann


Ages: 13 & Up


Currently meeting in the Nature Center Classroom

Donations are welcome. No registration required.

From saucha to savasana, come practice yoga in the Nature Center. 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. Yoga block recommended.

Hike with a Naturalist

All Ages Welcome


January 8th

February 5th

March 5th

Join a park Naturalist for an interpretive hike through the beautiful trails here in Bowie Park. Get to know the park in a new way and feel free to ask questions!

No registration required.

Upcoming Night Hikes

Owl Prowl

All Ages Welcome

February 23rd


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

Registration required. Call 615-799-5544 or email


Amphibian Hike

All Ages Welcome

March 23rd


Enjoy an evening stroll in Bowie Park as we look and listen for amphibians. We will learn to identify some of TN’s frogs by sound and sight, look for salamanders, and explore some great amphibian habitat.

Registration required. Call 615-799-5544 or email

Spring Family Programs

Vernal Equinox Extravaganza

All Ages Welcome

March 20th 


The Vernal Equinox marks the coming of spring. Join us as we celebrate! We will have activities and crafts available for you to enjoy at your own pace. Stop in any time between 10am-2pm. Light refreshments will be provided.

No registration required.


Spring Break Activities

All Ages Welcome

March 26th-29th


During spring break, we will provide a new nature-oriented activity each day for families to do together. Stop by with the family any time between 10am and 2pm. For more details check back  or give is a call in early March.

No registration required.