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.
Youth (ages 3-12) $8
Under 2 free
Scarecrow Contest & Display – October 1 – November 20
Applications Accepted Now Thru September 23
Come participate in our seasonal outdoor celebration by creating a Scarecrow to lurk about at Lichterman Nature Center. Frightening, friendly, silly and serious – we invite you, your neighborhood, non-profit group, club, classroom or troop to 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.
$40 application fee for contest.
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.
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 – Raptor presentation
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 (tn.gov)
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