Hike with a Naturalist – June & July 2019

The Hike on July 9th is canceled.  Bowie Park will be closed for the day.   Please join us on July 18th for a beautiful stroll through the park.

Hike with a Naturalist

All Ages

10 to 11am

June 11th & 20th

July 9th & 18th

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.

Night Hike July 2019

Night Hike

All Ages

July 26th


Come experience the sounds of the forest at night and enjoy a relaxing stroll through the Bowie trails.  We will meet in the nature center and then go explore.

Registration is required. Please call 615-799-5544 ext 2 or email njackson@nullfairview-tn.org to inquire about spaces available

Creek Crawl 2019

Creek Crawl

Ages 8 to 12

9 to 10:30am

July 15th

What better way is there to spend a hot day than in a cool creek. Come cool off in the creek and catch crawdads and other critters! We will meet at the Nature Center then hike to Little Turnbull Creek to explore.

Registration is required. Please call 615-799-5544 ext 2 or email njackson@nullfairview-tn.org to inquire about spaces available

Summer Solstice Celebration 2019

Summer Solstice Celebration

All Ages Welcome

10am to 2pm

June 21st

The summer solstice marks the longest day of the year and the beginning of summer!  Come celebrate with us! Stop in anytime between 10am and 2pm for crafts, activities, and refreshments to enjoy at your own pace.  

No registration required.

Star Party June 2019 – CANCELED


The next Bowie Star Party will be August 9th from 9-11pm.  Don’t forget to check out the BSAS website for more opportunities.

Star Party

All Ages

9:00 – 11:00pm

June 7th

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.

Fishing Rodeo 2019

Youth Fishing Rodeo Set for June 8 at Veteran’s Memorial Park

Fairview Parks Department and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) is inviting kids ages 15 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 8th 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 food and bottled water.

On June 8th, kids 15 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 8th, according to the TWRA.

Programs for Little Ones – Spring 2019

Joann’s Puppet Powwow

Ages: Families

9:30 – 10:00am

April 1st – Wetland Animals

May 6th – Insects   CANCELED

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

April 1st – Wetland Animals 

May 6th – Insects

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 for Homeschoolers – Spring 2019

To register for any of the following programs, please contact Nancy Jackson at njackson@nullfairview-tn.org or (615)799-5544 ext 2





April 15th – Salamanders – Registration opens March 12th

May 13th – Insects – Registration opens April 16th 

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





April 29th – Salamanders – Registration opens March 26th

May 20th – Insects – Registration opens April 30th

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


April 24th – Wetlands

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.

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 bfleeman@nullfairview-tn.org or 615-799-5544 ext.0 for more information or to answer any questions you may have.