Lichterman Nature Center, Memphis

4.1
#8 of 15 in Parks in Memphis
Lichterman Nature Center is a certified arboretum and nature center located in East Memphis, Tennessee. It has many outdoor and indoor animal exhibits, as well as several activities and events. The Lichterman Nature Center is one of the facilities within the Pink Palace Family of Museums.
Through environmental education and interpretation of native wildlife, Lichterman Nature Center fosters a sense of stewardship for the earth by heightening the visitor's appreciation and understanding of the natural world. 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.
Among the many attractions are the Visitor Center which showcases interactive exhibits; preserved specimen animal exhibits with hands on petting patches of fur of the featured animals; a lake cam; and the Nature Store offering nature oriented educational materials including gifts, books, and toys. The Backyard Wildlife Center provides a variety of living and interactive exhibits about the three distinct habitats represented at the Nature Center: lake, meadow, and forest.
The 65acre wildlife observation area includes a three-mile (5 km) nature path which is home to a wide variety of native plants, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals. The Nature Center no longer accepts wounded or abandoned wild animals and no longer has veterinarian staff on site.
Also included on the property is a special events pavilion providing a sheltered place for meetings, family reunions, receptions, and overnight youth programs. The amphitheatre features an intimate staging area for outdoor programs.
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  • We were looking for something to do on our last full day in the area, and we're really into nature centers. They had a nice visitors center, the gal at the desk was great. Even though we were there be...  more »
  • My wife and I took our grandson to this nature center but it's more suitable for older children - he is only 1.5 years old. There are a number of indoor exhibits with live and stuffed animals. You can...  more »
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  • We had as blast!! It was part of our free summer pass at pink palace. The kids had a great time feeding the fish and ducks for a dollar a bag of fish food. We were able to bring our packed lunches and eat in the cool air. The trails are fun, but some are a little too overgrown to walk through. We saw a snake crossing over from one pond to the other. The scenery is breathtaking. Well definitely come back for picnic time again
  • There are many interactive items for kids & adults. The walking trails are nice. We saw a snake on the walking path sunning itself! The kids made enough racket to startle it away. There aren't any concessions or a gift shop. You may bring a picnic lunch for your group, or book a birthday party/event!
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