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April 24, 2024

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A New Leaf to Host Budding Branches Festival

The Nashville-area nature school's primary fundraiser offers fun for the whole family on Saturday, April 22.

Come celebrate the wonders of nature at the fifth annual Budding Branches Festival, hosted by A New Leaf School of Nashville. The festival takes place on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the 32-acre natural campus at 7520 Charlotte Pike, Nashville.

Bring the whole family to play in the forest, hike among the oaks and maples, dig into nature-based playscapes, hear the talented musicians from Blair School of Music, cuddle with our goats, and try your hand at falconry with the birds of prey from Turnbull Creek.

Other activities include:

  • arts and crafts with found materials
  • building architectural structures and forts with branches
  • slack lines and zip line
  • face painting
  • drum circles
  • sack lunches and beverages
  • food roasting and more!

Proceeds from this magical annual event will go to A New Leaf PTO’s fundraiser to establish a public arboretum protecting the forest’s ecosystem, grow community outreach, expand outdoor education programs for preschool to grade 4 and build outdoor learning spaces.

Tickets to the Budding Branches Festival are $22 for adults, $12 for children 2 – 12 and can be purchased here.


The big plan starts with establishing the Overall Creek Arboretum to protect the beautiful landscape and make it available for public access. This will enable the expansion of community outreach and offerings, including more education programs, usable space for public events and more.

The next part is building the new campus! They will need important things like driveways, sidewalks and water fountains, as well as buildings for indoor classrooms. Outdoor learning spaces will also be carved out.

By the start of the 2023-2024 school year, the school will be adding two classes for preschool and kindergarten, as well as an additional group of fourth graders at the farm campus on Pecan Valley Road.

For more information, visit here.



About the Author

Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.