Wade Bourne Nature Center

2308 Rotary Park Drive, Clarksville, TN 37043

(931) 648-5732


Located inside Rotary Park, the Wade Bourne Nature Center promotes conservation and nature education for all ages while connecting visitors with the environment. The center is free and open to the public year-round.

Visitors will find colorful displays and hands-on activities perfect for young learners inside the center. Large windows create an open, airy feel for nature watching at the treetop level. A 500-gallon aquarium is filled with live fish native to the Cumberland River. The center also has several live native species on display including a corn snake, a green anole, an Eastern box turtle, a camouflaged lizard, and two green tree frogs.

The center also boasts several interactive outdoor areas with pollinator and butterfly gardens, a rain garden, a community garden, and a treetop-level observation deck.  A short walk down the Nature Discovery Trail leads to a wooded play area designed to mimic fallen trees and other objects of nature.

Weekly programs teach younger audiences about all aspects of the natural world. Registration is often required for the programs. Events can be found on the center's website.

The center is a tribute to Clarksville native Wade Bourne, one of the most recognized and respected journalists in the fields of hunting, fishing, and resource conservation. Among his many accomplishments, Bourne served as the editor-at-large for Ducks Unlimited magazine and co-host of DU TV. His dedication and appreciation for the natural world are honored at the center.

The Wade Bourne Nature Center is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM and Saturday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. 

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  • Hours of Operation: 10 AM - 5 PM Tuesday through Friday 10 AM - 3 PM Saturday Closed for all government holidays.