Location & Hours



Indoors and outdoors... there's always something fun happening

Lichterman Nature Center Scarecrow Contest & Display - Early Sign Up

June 11, 2021 | Sign up by June 30 and save $5 on entry fee.
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Participate in our seasonal celebration by creating a Scarecrow to lurk about in the Nature Center. Frightening and friendly, silly and serious – have your non-profit group, club, classroom or troop create something special for Lichterman visitors to enjoy! Being a part of this fun event is easy: we provide the framework for the Scarecrow and you provide the creativity. Space is limited, so don’t delay! Applications accepted now.

Prizes will be awarded for most popular, best STEAM Scarecrow, greenest, most creative, and best critter scarecrows. 

Scarecrow building seminar Sept. 11. Judging is Sept. 30th. Scarecrows will be on display Oct. 1 - Nov. 19.


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Gallery Activities & Demonstrations

June 12, 2021 | Saturdays & Sundays 12:30 PM & 1:30 PM
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To accompany The Machine Inside: Biomechanics exhibit, MoSH is hosting gallery activities and demonstrations Saturdays and Sundays.

12:30 pm:  Explore how the biomechanics of plants and animals can be used to improve human inventions and test some new designs for wind turbines based on animal wings.

1:30 pm:  Make & Take activities will focus on a different letter of the STEAM acronym each month: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.

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Camp Lichterman Polliwogs Pre-K Camp

June 14, 2021 | 9 am - 12 pm
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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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STEAM Summer Guided Tours

June 19, 2021 | Saturdays & Sundays - 2:30 PM - June 19 - August 1
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Join us for our new STEAM Summer Guided Tours. This immersive, instructor-led tour through our galleries highlights one artifact each from science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics - STEAM! Don't miss us June 19th-August 1st on Saturdays & Sundays at 2:30 PM to find out which artifacts our curators selected.

Recommended 3rd grade and up.

$10 adult non-members/$9 adult members

$5 child non-members/$4 child members

 2 and under free


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Freedom Soundscapes: The Music of the Underground Railroad

June 19, 2021 | 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
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Come along with Ekpe and Company on this musical journey as they present Freedom Soundscapes: The Music of the Underground Railroad. Enslaved Africans ingeniously used their music and oral tradition to escape from slavery to freedom. This entertaining and enlightening program involves the audience in seeing how spirituals and folk songs had secret code messages. All ages will be thrilled to experience the sounds of authentic traditional African drums and musical instruments and how they were used as a form of communication to help the runaways escape from the plantation.

Freedom Soundscapes: The Music of the Underground Railroad explores the rich legacy of how people of African descent in the diaspora created new music and art forms that have spread all around the world. This interactive performance is a “musical museum” and a history lesson within itself.

Free with admission.

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Camp Lichterman Nature Explorers Camps

June 21, 2021 | 9 am - 3 pm - 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  - FILLED / NO SPACES AVAILABLE

Session 2 - June 28 – July 2, 2021 - FILLED / NO SPACES AVAILABLE

Session 3 - July 5 – 9, 2021 - FILLED / NO SPACES AVAILABLE



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 - 9 am – 3 pm

Before Care - 7:30 am – 9 am

After Care - 3 pm - 6 pm



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