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Scarecrow Building Contest & Exhibit

October 1, 2020
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Scarecrow Contest Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Scarecrow Building Contest, and thanks to our sponsors and all who participated. We invite you to visit the Scarecrow Exhibit to enjoy all of the incredible scarecrows on display through November 28.

Reminder to contest entrants: Each entry receives a free group self-guided visit.  There are materials available on our website to help make the most of your visit.  Please contact our Reservations Desk Nature.Reservations [at] memphistn [dot] gov or call 901.636.2221) for more information. 

Winner of Greenest Scarecrow Contest, sponsored by Evergreen Garden Club:

Hey, Soil Sister – created by

Kennedy View Garden Club 

Honorable mention in Greenest Scarecrow Contest:  Annabelle – created by The Happy Gardeners


Winner of Best Critter Scarecrow Contest, sponsored by Herbi-Systems:

“Owl” of our Blessings – created by

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School

Honorable mention in Best Critter Scarecrow Contest:  2020 has me All Shook Up – created by The Troxler Family.


Winner of Most Creative Scarecrow Contest, sponsored by Kirby Woods Garden Club:

“Owl” of our Blessings – created by

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School

Honorable mention in Most Creative Scarecrow Contest:  Ironheart - created by That’s What She Read


Winner of Best Literary Character Scarecrow Contest, sponsored by the Friends of the Pink Palace:

Harry Potter and Hedwig – created by

Girl Scout Brownie Troop 10267

Honorable mention in Best Literary Character Scarecrow Contest:  Tales from the Garden – created by PreK-3 Solutions

These scarecrows are displayed outdoors October 1 through November 28 along trails through the forest, lake & meadow. Come see the display social-distancing style.

Congratulations to this year's winners, and thanks to our sponsors and all who participated. 

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Fall Plant Sale

October 1, 2020 | October 1 - 31
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Create Your Winter & Spring Gardens  

We’ll have – for the first time ever – cool season vegetable seedlings such as beets, collards, chard, lettuces and snow peas. Of course, there will be a variety of native perennial trees & shrubs to plant now & get a head start on spring,  Shop early for the best selection!

On site plant sales continue Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am until 12:30 pm.  Or follow the steps below to place plant orders anytime between now and October 31:

1. Use the Order Form to let us know how many of each type of plant you want and email to Nature.Reservations [at] memphistn [dot] gov

·  Quantities are limited.  Orders will be filled “first come, first served” based on date of payment

·  Click here to see descriptions of plants grown for this sale.

2. Our Reservations Desk will contact you to arrange credit card payment for your order and email you a receipt with pick-up time. 

·  Pick up times will be from 11 am until 2 pm, Tuesday through Saturday. 

·  The online-only sale will end October 31, 2020

3. Drive to Lichterman Nature Center at the designated day and time.  Place your receipt in your windshield or show to Plant Loader on your mobile device

4.  Open your trunk, and we will load your plants in corrugated cardboard trays donated by International Paper.

5.   Enjoy your plants!

Plant Sale revenue directly supports environmental education in our community!


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DIY Wreath Kits

October 30, 2020 | Wreath Kits Available Starting October 30
DIY Wood Cookie Wreath

Celebrate the season with a DIY Wreath Kit 

Each kit has everything needed to create a one-of-a-kind wreath using natural materials.  These kits are great for beginner crafters and families alike, plus they make  great gifts! 

The 10-inch seed pod wreath kit features seed pods and seed heads sustainably collected at Lichterman Nature Center, each kit contains material from at least seven different types of native plants that grow on site. 

The 12-inch tree cookie wreath is a great activity for the whole family; the kit contains enough tree cookies and decorations to make your own one of a kind wreath.  You can also personalize your wreath with your favorite greeting or last name.  Tree cookies were cut from limbs already on the ground. 

Limited number so order early!   Kits available October 30th

Pick-up only at Lichterman Nature Center (shipping not available)

$30 10-inch seed pod DIY kit

$40 12-inch tree cookie DIY kit

Call or email to order

901-636- 2221

Nature.Reservations [at] memphistn [dot] gov 

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Nature By Firelight

November 14, 2020 | 4:30pm - 7pm
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A Real Night “Out”

When the sun goes down, the fun begins. Take a night hike, warm up by the fire, hear stories about nature and enjoy some toasted s’mores. Two adult beverages included in adult ticket.

Gates open at 4:30pm. 

Take a night hike around the lake on the concrete trail -5:30 pm  

Enjoy night sky watching with Dave Maness, Manager AutoZone Dome/Sharpe Planetarium– telescopes, star charts and more - at dark.  

Live Nocturnal Animal Encounters - 6 pm 

Make & Take  Children’s Crafts 

Small contained fires:  Davidson Pavilion fireplace. Fire pits on the lawn - picnic tables around each fire.   

S’mores kits  

Hot Chocolate  

Wine for adults

Bottled water 

Outdoor event – dress accordingly

Maximum 100 guests (including 2 & under) 


$25 for adults – includes hike, 2 glasses of wine and s’mores

$15 kids – includes hike, hot chocolate and s’mores



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