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101 Things To Do In Memphis #23: Lichterman Nature Center

by Melissa Thompson

A certified arboretum, and a nature center, Lichterman Nature Center offers many outdoor and indoor exhibits, activities, and events. The Lichterman Nature Center is one of the facilities within the Pink Palace Family of Museums featuring exhilarating new exhibits, beautiful gardens featuring native wildflowers and trees, and a tradition of excellence in environmental education set in the heart of 65 acres of lake, meadow, and forest.

Located in metropolitan Memphis, the Lichterman Nature Center promotes a sense of stewardship for the earth by increasing the visitor's appreciation and interpretation of the natural world through environmental education and understanding of native wildlife. The nature center places an emphasis on nature related education, including hands-on explorations, microscopic discoveries, a forest boardwalk three stories high, and an underwater viewing area. Enjoy a three mile walk on the nature path which is home to a wide variety of plants, birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals! Visitors can also partake in wildlife programs, plant sales, festivals and many other entertaining activities designed to expose and build connections between the participants and the natural world. 

Looking to plan an event? This is the perfect venue for birthday parties, weddings and receptions!

Don’t miss the upcoming Scarecrow Building Seminar! You are invited to exercise your artistic and environmental vision to create a Scarecrow for Lichterman Nature Center’s annual Scarecrow Contest. How do you start? Come to our FREE Scarecrow Building Seminar Saturday, August 15, 10am! Being a part of this fun event is easy: we provide the framework for the Scarecrow and you provide the creativity.

For more information, visit the website, email [email protected] or call 901.636.2211.

Members - FREE 
Adult - $7.00
Senior - $6.00
Child (age 3-12) - $5.00
Children under 3 - FREE

Admission to Lichterman Nature Center is free to public Tuesdays from 1:00 until closing. 


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101 Things To Do In Memphis #46: Elmwood Cemetery

by Melissa Hayes Thompson

#46: Elmwood Cemetery
A tour of Elmwood Cemetery is a journey through the past as it is the most historic ground in this part of the world.  The dramatic Entry Bridge, the Carpenter-Gothic Office Cottage, the entire 80-acre cemetery, are all on the National Register of Historic Places.

Fifty Memphis gentlemen committed $500 each to purchase land and establish a new cemetery in 1852. Originally consisting of 40 acres, it was expanded after the Civil War to 80 acres. In the 1870s the original corporation was dissolved and Elmwood became one of the oldest nonprofits in Tennessee. Since then, Elmwood Cemetery has become the final resting place to over 75,000 inhabitants including mayors, governors, madams, blues singers, suffragists, martyrs, generals, civil rights leaders, holy men and women, outlaws and millionaires.

Elmwood is also an official Bird Sanctuary and Arboretum.  Established as part of the Rural Cemetery Movement, it is a classic example of a garden cemetery with its park-like setting, sweeping vistas, shady knolls, large stands of ancient trees, and magnificent monuments. The cemetery is home to almost 1,500 trees. It is a Tennessee Urban Forestry Department Level II Arboretum, and many of its trees are tagged with scientific and common names. During the Victorian Era, the popular view of death became romanticized; death was now represented by symbols including angels, flowers, and plants. These ideas are reflected in the many magnificent monuments, mausoleums and life-sized figures.There are both self-guided and docent-led Arboretum Tours available for children and adults alike.

Do you want to learn about Memphis history? Attend Elmwood University and get to know Memphis’ oldest active cemetery while you uncover a wealth of knowledge about the individuals who helped shape a small river town into a modern metropolis. Elmwood University will train students to deliver history-based tours or to preserve some of Elmwood’s oldest monuments.

Elmwood is the final resting place of those who created Memphis history and has emerged today as Memphis' finest and oldest active cemetery. Learn more at or call 901.774.3212

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6525 N Quail Hollow Road
Memphis TN 38120
(901) 729-9526
(901) 756-8900
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