Location & Hours




FREE Lunch Time Yoga Mondays for Pink Palace Family of Museums and YMCA Members

December 3, 2019 | Mondays 11 am - 12 pm

Mondays 11 am - 12 pm

Come enjoy a great workout in a beautiful  & relaxing atmosphere!  We will practice outdoors when the season/weather permits.

Open free of charge to members of the Pink Palace Family of Museums and/or the YMCA. 

Bring a mat. Classes held rain or shine. Meet at the Welcome Center.

Pink Palace Family of Museums Members, call 901-636-2221, or email reservations at nature.reservations [at] memphistn [dot] gov to reserve your spot.

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The Birds and the Seeds Winter Workshops and Seed Swap

January 25, 2020 | 10am - 2pm
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The Birds & the Seeds - Saturday, January 25th 10a.m. - 2p.m. 

If you are in to birdwatching and gardening, or just have always been curious, you won’t want to miss Lichterman Nature Center’s The Birds & Seeds: Winter Workshops and Seed Swap on January 25, 2020.

Free admission & parking!

Special presentations:

  • “Success with Succulents” Workshops – Learn how to care for succulents properly, and take home an elegant table top succulent garden
    • Two sessions: 10:30 am and 12:30 pm
    • Fee: $25 per participant
    • Space is limited.  Advance reservations recommended.  Call 901.636.2221, or email nature.reservations [at] memphistn [dot] gov
  • Beginning Birdwatching seminar at 10:45 am
  • Live animal presentations at noon
  • Backyard Birds seminar at 12:45 pm
  • Prize awards for Art with an Explanation contest at 1:30 pm
  • Meet an Owl at 1:50 pm

 Throughout the event:

  • Seed Swap & seed giveaways
  • Nature app pointers – our favorite apps, plus pro tips for getting the most out of them
  • Birding from the Balcony
  • Owl pellet dissection
  • Owl craft
  • Herb & houseplant sales – Lemon grass, winter savory, Cuban oregano, nun’s hat orchids, crown-of-thorns, assorted Kalanchoes and other succulents grown in the Lichterman Greenhouse especially for The Birds & the Seeds
  • Birdwatching and gardening experts on hand to answer your questions
  • Community Partner Activity   Tables:
    • The Compost Fairy
    • Connie Shepard- City Of Memphis Horticulturalist
    • Evergreen Garden Club
    • Kirby Woods Garden Club
    • Memphis Area Master Gardeners
    • Memphis Botanic Garden
    • Memphis Herb Society
    • Memphis Horticultural Society
    • Ric Nuber YMCA
    • TN Ornithological Society
    • TN Urban Forestry Council
    • Wolf River Conservancy
    • Wild Birds Unlimited
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Breakfast with the Birds

January 25, 2020 | January 25th & 26th 7:30 - 9:30am

Breakfast with the Birds 

Saturday, January 25, 2020 & Sunday, January 26th

Time 7:30a.m. -9:30a.m.


Enjoy a delicious breakfast overlooking Mertie’s Lake.

Fun birding basics followed by a guided bird walk through lake, meadow & forest trails.

Loaner binoculars available. Limited seating & small groups on the walk: advance ticket purchases highly recommended!

Tickets: $25/person   Call 901-636-2221 for reservations or more information

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Art is for the Birds! Art of The Explanation Contest

January 25, 2020

ART IS FOR THE BIRDS!! Enter your original mixed media piece following the theme: The Birds and Seeds to participate in the second annual Art with an Explanation Contest at Lichterman Nature Center.  Be creative!  All mixed media pieces accepted from beads to coffee grounds to recycled materials to watercolors to sketch art. 

Go wild and fly high because the sky is the limit!! 

The second annual Art with an Explanation Contest will be held at Lichterman Nature Center with art exhibit and awards presentation at The Birds and Seeds Event on Saturday, January 25, 2020 AT 10AM.  Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winner(s).  Individual and group projects welcome.

All participants must be current 6th – 8th grade students and only one entry per individual or group may be entered into the contest.

AWARDS:   1st = $100     2nd = $75       3rd = $50  

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Camp Lichterman Spring Break STEM Camp

March 16, 2020 | March 16 - 20, 2020
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Grab a lab coat and experiment with nature at Lichterman Nature Center this Spring Break! Meet live animals and hike in nature while participating in true experimental science. Discover why leaves change colors in the fall.  Figure out “who ate the sandwich” by using forensic techniques to catch the culprit. Engineer the best contraption to protect the egg before the BIG drop from the observation deck. Gross out by making slime and dissecting owl pellets. Meet a scientist from a different STEM field every day. Come over to the wild side of science and test that hypothesis! 

For registration forms and information, please visit www.memphismuseums.org or call reservations at 901-636-2221, nature.reservations [at] memphistn [dot] gov or camp director, Dr. Dawn Manning at 901-636-2226 dawn.manning [at] memphistn [dot] gov

Click here  for registration form. 

*Before and After Care is available.


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Volunteer Plant Sale

April 17, 2020 | April 17 & 18
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Volunteer Plant Sale

Over 5,500 different plants … over 175 different types of plants!

Beautify your yard, go green, learn something new and have fun! Come peruse an extensive selection of native and wildlife friendly plants grown onsite at Lichterman Nature Center for this one-of-a-kind sale!

NEW THIS YEAR: Garden tool sharpening! 

Friday, April 17 • 9am – 5pm

Saturday, April 18 • 9am – 1:30pm

Half-Price Sale



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Camp Lichterman Summer Camps

May 18, 2020 | May 18 - 22 • May 26 - 29 (4 day camp) • June 1 – 5 • June 8 - 12
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May 18-22 (Polliwogs PreK Camp) plus May 26-29, June 1-5, and June 8-12, Nature Explorers Summer Camps (Ages 6-12 years).  Opossums and turtles and rabbits….oh my! Campers will enjoy meeting live animals, nature walks using binoculars to spot birds, nets to catch insects, and plaster to cast animal tracks along the way. For more information, click below to learn more or call reservations at 901-636-2221. Registration forms are also available at Lichterman’s Guest Services Desk.

Click here  for Polliwogs PreK Camp registration form.

Click here for Nature Explorers Summer Camps registration form. 

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