Events and Programs


Check out our calendar for an overview of upcoming activity dates, and scroll down for detailed information about our current and ongoing events.


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For all questions, contact us at [email protected]

About Our Programs

 New Animals!

THEY ARE HERE! The Nature Center is proud to welcome home our new resident animals.  Results from the name contest are: pair of Tree Frogs “Merle and Waylon” (Waylon will arrive next week), the Green Anole is “Flash” and finally, a black and white King Snake named “Atlas!”

All of the friends are officially on display in their new terrarium homes.  Come by and we will tell you all about them!




DIY Workshop: Winter Wreaths

The Nature Center will be offering workshops geared towards adults utilizing discarded, recycled or up-cycled materials. Most of the materials will be provided, certain workshops may ask you to bring collected items. Coffee and tea will be served. These workshops are suitable for individuals or families.

We are putting those old discarded Christmas Trees to good use with this DIY Workshop! Adults are invited to come and learn how to assemble a wreath from a variety of pine branches. All materials will be provided, feel free to bring extras to decorate and personalize! Coffee and tea will be served.

  • Jan 26, 4-5 PM

Please register on the new CivicRec platform.


LIVE Taxidermy Demonstration:

Watch a taxidermist prepare a specimen, up close and personal with a step-by-step tutorial. 

February 16th, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm. 10 seats will be reserved for participants interested in watching the process from start to finish.  

Please register here:

Those who are curious are welcome to stop in and take a peek. The Nature Center carries the required state and federal permits to possess migratory birds. ALL specimen for this program died of natural causes and were collected within the park.

Katie Netti is the Natural Resource and Program Supervisor at the Nature Center and a trained and licensed taxidermist. Katie will walk participants step by step through the process of skinning a bird to the final stuffing/mounting. The Northern Flicker, a large and colorful woodpecker is the specimen for this program. This bird was found deceased on the park property. Bird mounts are unique in that they do not require harmful chemicals for preservation. No eating or drinking will be allowed in the room for the duration of the process. Participants will not be permitted to touch the specimen.

*Passed in 1918, The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) prohibits the take (including killing, capturing, selling, trading, and transport) of protected migratory bird species without prior authorization by the Department of Interior U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It is illegal for an individual to collect eggs, feathers, and/or nests. 99% of birds are protected by this law, typically not covered by the MBTA include house sparrow, European starling, and rock pigeon.*

Spring Break Animal Week: March 7-10 

Come see LIVE animals at the Nature Center! Each day will feature a different species to learn from and see up close! These one-hour sessions will feature animal information, Q and A, and, an activity. This program is FREE and suitable for children 7 and older.

Tuesday the 7th features LIVE insects, including a Tarantula named "PIP!" Examine our insect collection up close, ask questions, and, complete an activity.

Wednesday's animal selection features domestic friends from Montgomery County Animal Control!  They will bring a variety of furry friends to learn about. 

Thursday the 9th features LIVE birds such as Owls or Hawks! Examine our specimen collection up close, ask questions and complete an activity. 

Friday the 10th features LIVE reptiles such as a Python and Bearded Dragon! Examine our specimen collection up close, ask questions and complete an activity. 

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2023 Art Exhibits

The 2023 schedule is hosting 3 shows, starting off with Wild Nature Taxidermy and McPherson’s Taxidermy showcasing stunning wall mounts of native species.  The summer will be filled with colorful new work from Clarksville Native Kitty Harvill. Finishing off in the Fall will be APSU Art and Design Professor Patrick Vincent with conceptual nature prints.

Reception Dates:

Wild Nature and McPherson's Taxidermy, Saturday, February 25th, 1pm to 3pm.

Winsome Wings & Wildscapes by Kitty Harvill, Saturday, May 13th, 1 pm to 3 pm.

Patrick Vincent, Saturday, September 23rd,                     1 pm to 3 pm. 

Community Garden

We are proud to be a recipient of the 2022 AARP Community Challenge Grant! The vegetable and herb garden is over 7,000 sq ft and entirely constructed by volunteers. Anyone interested in helping, learning, and/or working in the garden will have access to the harvest. When it is harvest time, we will organize a community meal to prepare and share. There are plenty of opportunities for hands of all sizes, the site is ADA accessible with 10 raised, mobile garden beds we can move anywhere in the park!


  • The garden is closed for winter, check back in February of 2023 for events.

Please email [email protected] with questions or to RSVP. 



 We Grow Wednesdays 2023

Join us Wednesday's for self-guided activities for you and your preschooler! This program will run from March 15th to January 27th, 2023. Each day we will have an activity prepared for you to complete anywhere in the park, or, in our community room. All of the materials and instructions are provided, this is a free program. Please register if you plan to attend so we can prepare for you, you may come into the Nature Center anytime between 10 am and 4 pm, rain or shine.


  • We Grow Wednesdays will return March 15th, 2023.

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 Art in Nature

Join us at Rotary Park this winter for free activities (materials provided)

  • Youth: 10:30-11:30 AM (10-18 years old)
  • Adult: 1:30-2:30 PM (18 years old and up)


  • 1/27 - Drawing From Life: Get up close and personal with the taxidermy exhibit by drawing the animals.
  • 2/10 - Nature Collage: Create a mixed media collage using found objects and scrapbooking methods.
  • 2/24 - Landscapes: Create a mixed media collage using found objects and scrapbooking methods.

Register here: 



 Reading Round-Up

Join us on the first Friday of the month to enjoy a group reading for your little ones! This program is sponsored by The Blue Star Families of Tennessee in an effort to build home libraries. Each child who attends gets to pick out a free book to take home! Snacks are also provided. After the reading, feel free to stay in our Community Room or go outside on the deck to enjoy your goodies. This Program is suitable for children age 5 and under. Parents are expected to stay with their children for the duration of the event.



 Interpretive Programs Schedule

Our interpretive programs are back and upgraded! Join us at the Nature Center for special interpretive programs led by our programming specialist, Hailey Raynor. Hailey is a Certified Interpretive Guide and has a wealth of knowledge on many topics! Each session will have a presentation, time for Q and A, and, a related activity. All ages are welcome to the presentations, the accompanying activities will be geared towards 8-16 year olds. This program is free. All programs will meet at the Wade Bourne Nature Center in the Hand Family Community Room. 


  • Jan 25, Hidden History: 11 - 11:45 AM
  • Jan 26, Animal Camo: 1:30 - 2:25 PM

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For all questions, contact us at [email protected]