Location & Hours




Nature By Firelight

April 9, 2021 | 6PM - 9PM
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A Real Night “Out”

When the sun goes down, the fun begins. Take a Night Hike around the lake the on concrete trail. Enjoy night sky watching with the staff of the Sharpe Planetarium. Experience live nocturnal animal encounters. Warm up by a camp fire, hear stories about nature and enjoy some toasted s’mores. There will be ...

· Night hikes  

· Multiple fires at the pavilion and around the lawn with tables at each fire.  

· S’mores kits  

· Hot Chocolate  

· Wine for adults 

· Bottled water 

· Silent Auction of themed baskets including sports, specialty teas and coffees,  and other products made by local business; as well as certificates for experiences such as special behind-the-scenes guided tours and programs at Lichterman Nature Center and the historic Mallory-Neely House. 

· Night sky watching with the staff of the  Sharpe Planetarium.  

· Nocturnal artifacts tables

· Make & Take  children’s crafts 

· Live nocturnal animal encounters 

$25 Adult (includes tickets for 2 glasses of wine) 

 $15 Youth 

Maximum attendance is 100 guests (including 3 & under) 


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Annual Volunteer Plant Sale

April 16, 2021 | April 16 - May 29
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Get Growing This Spring

Beautify your garden with hearty, healthy plants grown right here in Memphis by horticulture experts. Thousands of plants will be available for sale at Lichterman Nature Center beginning April 16 via both online ordering, and on-site shopping by appointment. All plants are propagated onsite using environmentally sustainable horticultural practices, and potted in 100% recycled growing containers.   

Volunteers Needed

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Bird Talk & Walk Series - Purple Martins

May 8, 2021 | 9am - 10:30am - May 8, 15, 22, 29 & June 5

Saturdays – May 8, 15, 22, 29 & June 5                            

Purple Martins, birds that winter in Brazil, are back at Lichterman Nature Center!  Join us for this 90-minute program to learn more about this species and help monitor their nests. Plus, we will take a walk around the lake to see what other birds we can see and hear. Binoculars available to borrow. Limited group size, registration required. 

Age 12 – adult   

Limit 10 per group

Cost:   $10 


For more information or to register, please contact naturalist Mary Schmidt at 901-636-2224 or mary.schmidt [at] memphistn [dot] gov

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Camp Lichterman Polliwogs Pre-K Camp

June 14, 2021 | 9am - 12pm
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Polliwogs have more fun!  Swim on over to Camp Lichterman this summer to enjoy free play on forested trails, live animal encounters, nature stories and crafts daily.  Polliwogs will enjoy catching bugs with nets, playing in a mini Pre-K playscape, digging in the dirt, and netting tadpoles from the lake.  Bring your Polliwog to Camp Lichterman for some natural fun right in the heart of Memphis. 

Ages: 4-5 years (have not attended Kindergarten)

Maximum - 20 campers/camp week (2 groups of 10 for 1:10 Teacher/Student ratio)

Minimum - 10 campers  

Times: 9 am – 12 pm (Monday through Friday)


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Camp Lichterman Nature Explorers Camp

June 21, 2021 | 9am - 3pm - Three Sessions: Session 1 begins June 21
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Walk on the wild side this summer at Camp Lichterman

Fly over to Nature Explorers Camps this summer to enjoy nature walks, live animal encounters, STEM projects, nature games and natural crafts to satisfy the nature and outdoor loving camper.  Use nets to catch butterflies, learn about native plants and animals, pretend you are a black bear living in the woods, and grow your own Earth baby during these fun-filled camps.  Enjoy the great outdoors this summer right in the heart of Memphis at Lichterman Nature Center.


Session 1 - June 21 - 25, 2021 

Session 2 - June 28 – July 2, 2021 

Session 3 - July 5 – 9, 2021 

Ages: 5 – 13 years

Three age groups: 5-7 years;  8-10 years;  11-13 years

Maximum - 30 campers/camp week (3 groups of 10 for 1:10 Teacher/Student ratio) 


Camp - 9am – 3 pm

Before Care - 7:30am – 9am

After Care - 3pm - 6pm



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