Lichterman Nature Center

Where nature comes to life.

Tucked away in the heart of metropolitan Memphis, Lichterman Nature Center brings nature to life with 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 wildlife oasis. Lichterman features nearly three miles of hiking trails, the Davidson Pavilion, Visitor Center with exhibits, a Backyard Wildlife Center teaming with snakes, turtles and other creatures. The Center also is home to a greenhouse/nursery where plants are grown for an annual plant sale in spring.

Adult $12

Senior $10

Youth (ages 3-12) $8

Under 2 free


Scarecrow Contest & Displays

September 30 through November 10

Now Accepting Applications – Register Today to Compete for Cash Prizes!

MoSH-Lichterman’s annual fall Scarecrow Contest and Displays run September 30 through November 10.  Individuals, businesses, neighborhoods, non-profits, clubs, senior centers, classrooms, and scout troops create something special for 10,000 visitors/year to enjoy. ‘Crows are displayed in trailside locations around the special event lawn, trails and lake.

Being a part of this fun event is easy: the application fee covers a PVC scarecrow framework & support and sign … contestants provide the creativity.

Cash prizes are awarded for Best STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math), Greenest, Most Creativhttp://Scarecrowe, Best Critter, and Most Popular.   Entries are eligible for all categories. Application fee $40.


Nursery Plant Sales – Get your plants here!

Now thru November 17

Volunteers grow plants for our community using environmentally sustainable horticulture practices. Their focus is on native and wildlife friendly plants including important butterfly larval host plants and colorful pollinator favorites, as well as plants with stories to tell.

A special selection of Curator’s Choice plants will often be available at the Visitor Center. A wider selection of plants will be sold from the terraces behind the Greenhouse Wednesday through Saturday mornings.

Visits to the plant nursery are also great times to drop off empty pots for the Nature Center to recycle.

  • Tuesday hours: 9 am until noon no reservations needed
  • Wednesday – Saturday: 9 am until 10:30 am no reservations needed; Personal shopping appointments available 10:30 am until 12:30 pm.
  • Email [email protected] for plant information and to set appointment times.


An Urban Wildlife Oasis

Explore more than three miles of hiking trails through pristine wilderness teaming with wildlife from herons, hawks and geese to raccoons, red-eared sliders and more.

A closer look at nature, ecology and preservation

Tour the Backyard Wildlife Center with one of our naturalists and get the low down on the animals, insects and plants that call the Mid-South home.

Marvel at a world of nature at the Lichterman Nature Center.

A Natural Experience

Step into the Visitor Center for a walk on the wild side. Explore dioramas, interactive exhibits and take in some of the wildest views in Memphis.

Meet Some Wild Locals

When you come to the Lictherman Nature Center, you never know who you’ll meet. Keep your eyes and ears open. There’s always something wild to see and hear.

Enjoy a wild lunch – Live animal encounters daily at noon presented by wildlife experts.

Wednesday – Curator’s Choice

Thursday –Turtle feeding

Friday – Snake feeding

Saturday – Curator’s Choice

Found an injured/orphaned animal?

Lichterman Nature Center does not maintain state or federal rehabilitation permits. As a result, the Nature Center cannot accept any live or injured animals.

Tennessee state law prohibits individuals from keeping or caring for wild animals without a permit. This is done for the wellbeing of the animal and you. The best thing for orphaned wildlife is to reunite them with their parents.

For a list of licensed wildlife rehabilitators visit:

Tennessee residents: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
Wildlife Rehabilitators and Educators (

Mississippi residents: Mississippi Wildlife Rehabilitation, Inc.

Arkansas residents: Arkansas Game and Fish Commission list of rehabilitators:

Lichterman Nature Center

5992 Quince Road
Memphis, TN 38119


New Hours & Days of Operation

Wed. – Sun.   10:30am – 5:00 pm