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

Shop for native and wildlife friendly plants including important butterfly larval host plants and colorful pollinator favorites, as well as vegetables, herbs, and plants.

Volunteer Plant Sale

Select Days/Times May 10 – November 19


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.

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 – 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 (

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