Friends of Warner Parks is dedicated to the preservation, protection, and stewardship of Percy and Edwin Warner Parks. It works to protect the natural and historical integrity of the area by supporting appropriate recreational activities, maintaining and enhancing its features, and promoting programs that inspire appreciation and conservation of the Parks.
Friends is a 501(c)3 organization.
Warner Parks’ amenities are many, but perhaps none are loved more than our top notch hiking trails. With thousands of hikers and runners traversing them each month, wear and tear are inventible. Lots of work goes into mitigating that damage, with the strongest effort put in by the Warner Parks S.W.E.A.T. team.
S.W.E.A.T. stands for Special Work Education and Trails. Started in 1990, this collaboration between Friends of Warner Parks and Metro Parks hires individuals to improve trails, grounds and facilities for 8 weeks every summer. Deb Beazley, a longtime Warner Park Nature Center naturalist, capably leads and mentors the team, sharing with them her decades of knowledge and experience.
This past June and July, the 2014 S.W.E.A.T. team spent over 1,200 hours renovating trail sections, removing invasives, working in the Nature Center’s organic garden, and completing other projects. In addition to improving the Parks’ trails and grounds, S.W.E.A.T. provides a valuable opportunity for young people to gain field experience in resource management and environmental science.
Friends of Warner Parks administers the S.W.E.A.T. program with the generous support of its members, the Bonnaroo Works Fund, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, and the Louie M. and Betty M. Phillips Foundation.
The Warner Parks Natural Areas app is an interactive guide to the Warner Parks for iPhone or Android. Use it to check your location on a hiking trail, find the nearest bathroom, learn about the Parks’ natural history, or find out about upcoming events. The app is available for free download from the iTunes Store and and Google Play.