Power of PEN Pals

June 29, 2021

Connecting Urban Youth to the Wonders of Nature

The Warner Park Nature Center hosted two sessions of P.E.N Pals Day Camps (People Exploring Nature) in June, serving youth from Bellevue, Hartman, Madison, McCabe, Sevier Park and Smith Springs Community Centers some exposure to the great outdoors!

Our goal with P.E.N. Pals is to teach campers the skills to be a naturalist so they can discover and explore nature anywhere, anytime! We did this by exploring different habitats all over Warner Parks - including the field, pond, garden, forest and river.  Campers also hiked to the lodge, learned to kayak, and planted a small flower to take home.

We served 60 campers with the help of 15 + volunteers, 6 naturalists (A BIG shout out to Urban Naturalist Betty Krogman and Youth Program Specialist Rachel Anderson for planning and overseeing every detail of PEN Pals this year) +  the help of our community partners at Metro Parks Community Centers, Metro Parks Outdoor Recreation Division, Harpeth River Conservancy, and University School of Nashville.

Special thanks also to The Hays Foundation, The Joyce Family Foundation, Piedmont Natural Gas, and Swiftwick for making this program possible.

These Are a Few of Their Favorite Things

Some of their favorite things included: kayaking and water play, exploring the river and catching crawdads, smelling and tasting things in the garden, snacks, the silent hike, and our favorite quote, “EVERYTHING!”.

Friends of Warner Parks has been honored to support the P.E.N Pals Camp through the Warner Park Nature Center since 1988. We’re not done yet, with more sessions on the books for July 8, 15, and 22.

Upholding our mission to preserve, steward, and protect Warner Parks, and ensure it is here for all, forever. It makes our hearts sing to provide access to those who may have yet to experience it. Show your support by making a donation or becoming a member today.

Power of PEN Pals

June 29, 2021

Connecting Urban Youth to the Wonders of Nature

The Warner Park Nature Center hosted two sessions of P.E.N Pals Day Camps (People Exploring Nature) in June, serving youth from Bellevue, Hartman, Madison, McCabe, Sevier Park and Smith Springs Community Centers some exposure to the great outdoors!

Our goal with P.E.N. Pals is to teach campers the skills to be a naturalist so they can discover and explore nature anywhere, anytime! We did this by exploring different habitats all over Warner Parks - including the field, pond, garden, forest and river.  Campers also hiked to the lodge, learned to kayak, and planted a small flower to take home.

We served 60 campers with the help of 15 + volunteers, 6 naturalists (A BIG shout out to Urban Naturalist Betty Krogman and Youth Program Specialist Rachel Anderson for planning and overseeing every detail of PEN Pals this year) +  the help of our community partners at Metro Parks Community Centers, Metro Parks Outdoor Recreation Division, Harpeth River Conservancy, and University School of Nashville.

Special thanks also to The Hays Foundation, The Joyce Family Foundation, Piedmont Natural Gas, and Swiftwick for making this program possible.

These Are a Few of Their Favorite Things

Some of their favorite things included: kayaking and water play, exploring the river and catching crawdads, smelling and tasting things in the garden, snacks, the silent hike, and our favorite quote, “EVERYTHING!”.

Friends of Warner Parks has been honored to support the P.E.N Pals Camp through the Warner Park Nature Center since 1988. We’re not done yet, with more sessions on the books for July 8, 15, and 22.

Upholding our mission to preserve, steward, and protect Warner Parks, and ensure it is here for all, forever. It makes our hearts sing to provide access to those who may have yet to experience it. Show your support by making a donation or becoming a member today.

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