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. Tree Frogs “Merle and Waylon”, the Green Anole is “Flash," and our Corn Snake is “Buggie.”

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

  • April 28th, 4pm
  • May 9th, 4pm
  • May 12th, 4pm
  • May 23rd, 4pm
  • May 26th, 4pm

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Waylon waiting for breakfast.

Pollinator Week at the Nature Center

  • June 21, 2:30-4:30 PM, Community Garden Work Day
  • June 21, We Grow Wednesday: Butterfly Sticker Activity
  • June 23, 10 AM-4 PM, Pollinator Count Day, NO Registration Required
  • June 24, 9-9:45 AM, Pollinator Hike, Registration Required 

Guided Hikes

  • May 10th, Compass Hike @5:15 pm
  • May 17th, Herpetology Hunt and Hike @ 5:15 pm
  • May 20th, Ecosystem Hike @ 9 am
  • May 24th, Walk with Ease @ 5:15am
  • June 24, 9-9:45 AM, Pollinator Hike

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Story Tails

Every 3rd Saturday of the month the Nature Center will hold "Story Tails," a program promoting literacy to children by creating a wonder for the natural world. Each session will include the reading of 2-3 nature books, songs, games and, activities! Sessions will be held inside and/or outside, depending on the weather. This program is for children ages 1-6 and the special needs community.

  • May 20th @ 10:30 am BUNNIES
  • June 17th @ 10:30 am
  • July 15th @ 10:30 am
  • September 16th @ 10:30 am

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Bird Watching

Join us to learn the basics of bird watching. We have NEW binoculars for checkout, or you can bring your own. Topics covered: Binocular operation, bird identification, best birding practices, field guide usage.

  • May 13, 9:00am-9:45am
  • May 27, 9:00am-9:45am

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NEW PROGRAM! Borrow Binoculars

The Wade Bourne Nature Center Foundation is generously sponsoring the new binocular checkout program.  Simply fill out a request with your preferred time and day and you can pick them up from the Nature Center reception desk.  There is no cost for this program, we simply ask you return the set before 4 pm T-F and by 2 pm on Saturdays. 

To reserve a pair, please click here: 

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, 2 pm to 4 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!


  • May 22, 3-5 PM
  • June 21, 2:30-4:30 PM
  • July 5, 2:30-4 PM
  • July 31, 3-5 PM
  • Aug 22, 3-5 PM
  • Sept 6, 3-5 PM
  • Sept 18, 3-5 PM

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Please email [email protected] with questions. 

 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.


  • May 24
  • May 31
  • June 7, Magnifying glass exploration
  • June 14, Turtle cards
  • June 21, Butterfly stickers
  • June 28, Animal classification with stickers, activity

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 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.


  • May 5
  • June 2
  • July 7

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Field Trip Offerings: Check Back Soon for September, November and December Dates!

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For all questions, contact us at [email protected]