Lichterman Nature Center

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Visitors center and nature museum at the Lichterman Nature Center.
Entrance sign.

Lichterman Nature Center, a certified arboretum, and a nature center, is located in East Memphis, Tennessee. It has many outdoor and indoor exhibits, 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, the Nature Store offering nature oriented gifts, toys, books and other educational materials. 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 65-acre (260,000 m2) 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 are 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.

Throughout the year, Lichterman Nature Center hosts several events open to the public including Plant Sales, Earthfest, Discovery Days, Privet Pulls and specialized programs for school age children as well as adults. Lichterman Nature Center is a unique and ideal setting for business meetings, weddings, receptions, family reunions and other special events that can be arranged through their Special Events Coordinator.


The center is located off Ridgeway at 5992 Quince Road in East Memphis. Family memberships for the Pink Palace Family of Museums are honored at Lichterman Nature Center.

The center offers free maps of the property but accepts and depends upon public donations and volunteers for support.

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Coordinates: 35°05′27″N 89°51′53″W / 35.090908°N 89.864645°W / 35.090908; -89.864645