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Lichterman Nature Center

Have you visited Lichterman Nature Center?

Located in the heart of metropolitan Memphis, Lichterman features exciting exhibits, native wildflowers and trees, and a tradition of excellence in environmental education set in the midst of 65 acres of lake, meadow, and forest. Home to a wide variety of plants, birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals, Lichterman is an urban nature center, easily accessible to the people who need it the most, the people who live in the city.

What to See

Lichterman has the convenience of extensive and accessible indoor and outdoor facilities for use during all types of weather. The Backyard Wildlife Center features live animals, hands-on explorations, microscopic discoveries, a forest boardwalk two stories high, underwater viewing area and much more! The Visitor Center provides visitors with exhibits focusing on the theme of metamorphosis and change as revealed by the site's main three habitats (lake, meadow and forest). The Visitor Center also offers free WiFi. Three miles of accessible trails wind and loop through representative Midsouth habitats punctuated by conveniently located rest stops.

Visitors can enjoy nature walks, wildlife programs, plant sales, festivals and many other entertaining activities designed to expose and build connections between the participants and the natural world.

Lichterman Nature Center can not accept any live or injured animals. Click here for agencies that can help.  

Eco-Friendly Students Rewarded at Lichterman Nature Center

Click here for information on arboretums and a list of trees at Lichterman Nature Center.

View our Trail Guide map.
Click Here for our Trail Guide tree list.

Click Here for information on our Family Discovery Backpacks!

Click here for care instructions for the heat-tolerant fuchsias sold at our annual Volunteer Plant Sale. 

Click here for information on Birthday Parties at Lichterman Nature Center!

Plant Propagation Center, Greenhouse, Gazebo, Ampitheater, Lake Pavilion, Mertie's Lake, Meadow Loops, Forest Loops, Davidson Special Events Pavilion, Loewenberg Visitor Center, Backyard Wildlife Center