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Summer Camp Preview Day

Sunday, April 18       2-5 pm

Come on out to Pinecrest to learn all about our summer camps!  Bring the kids to see the camp, check out the cabins, learn about activities, talk to the staff, make a craft, roast a marshmallow, and explore our hiking trails. You’ll get to ask all the questions and see why Pinecrest is a regular winner of Best Overnight Summer Camp by local awards!

Wilderness First Aid Course – At Capacity, Waitlist Available

April 24-25 2021    8 am – 5 pm Saturday and Sunday

Prepare for the unexpected with this engaging, hands-on introduction to wilderness medicine, taught over two days. If you like to take short trips relatively close to medical resources, work at wilderness camps, enjoy weekend family outdoor activities, or recreate outdoors, this course is for you.  COVID-19 guidelines in place for all in-person trainings as required by Landmark Learning and local governments.

Ages 16 and up   Early Bird $240/person through March 28.   $260/person after March 28, 2021

More Info Here
Join Waitlist- Click Here

Hike and Journal
Spring Edition~ Weds. April 28     10 am – 12 pm  (Register by April 26)

Geared for Adults and Homeschool Students 8th Grade and Up

What We’ll Do: We’ll guide a hike to various trails and enjoy a sampling of nature journaling exercises. Each day will include time for practicing various ways to observe, record, and interpret observations.  A combination of words, pictures, and number representations will be explored using both group and individual activities. We will also practice activities for personal connection and reflection.  Great for students of all ages to observe systems of nature, notice patterns and phenomenon, and simply develop a greater appreciation of the natural world paired with our place in it.  

What to Bring:  Journal (anything goes!), any preferred media or personal observation tools like binoculars, magnifiers, etc.

We’ll Supply:  Pencils, colored pencils and additional media as needed, observation tools. 

$10/person. Call 901-878-1247 for details.  Click image to register.

Hunt for the Blue Ghost

Sat. May 1   6-9 pm
Become a firefly scientist as we look for the unique Blue Ghost (Phausis reticulata). This unique firefly has not officially been recorded in the area, yet there have been several unofficial sightings. The Blue Ghost is only active as an adult for about one week in early May and we hope to make observations of this and other Lampyridae (firefly) species through collection, photography, and field notes that will then be shared to researchers.
Please Note:
• Please do not apply bug spray. Wear long pants, sleeves, and (if available) a mosquito head net.
• If you have a bug net, please bring it! A headlamp is also recommended.
• Recommended ages 15 and up. Detailed research is our main goal. A short information session will begin our evening.
• Catch and release only. Fireflies populations are declining, and it is no longer acceptable to keep them in a jar through the night.
Please RSVP: or call 901-847-1247
$5 suggested donation.

Little Explorers

Mini-adventures for you and your little one. Social-distance springtime fun. Come early or stay after to play and picnic.

Friday, May 7  May Bouquets for Your Favorite Lady.
Learn about wildflowers, why they are important, and how to carefully select and create a beautiful bouquet made of natural materials.  Share your floral creation with favorite lady.

$6/child, one adult helper free. Siblings welcome.  $6/additional attendees age 4 and up.
Call 901-878-1247 for details.  Click image to register.

Trail Maintenance Mondays

Mondays:  May 10


Social-distance volunteer opportunity.  We are smoothing trails, creating new trails, and clearing up and restoring old trails.   We will also begin privet removal.

Choose from lighter work which involves brushing back plant material, clearing small debris, raking new trails.
Or choose to help with heavier work involving clearing larger materials, shoveling fill dirt, and excavating small areas.

Bring water! We can supply some tools, or bring your own loppers, trimmers, rake, or shovel.

RSVP: or call 901-878-1247

Saturday Hikes with the Biologist

Discover the treasures of the forest at Pinecrest.  Meet at the lodge.  Wear hiking shoes or boots and bring water and snacks or lunch depending on the hike.  In the event of inclement weather, we will reschedule.  $5/per person.

Saturday, May 15                               10 am – 1 pm            Perimeter Hike       3 miles            Explore the various forest communities and animals that call Pinecrest home.  Look for tracks, scat, and signs of spring.               

RSVP: or call 901-878-1247

Firefly Drive-In

Fri. May 28   7-9:30 pm
The lightning bug display at Pinecrest is spectacular! Our chemical-free fields and forest edges host thousands of fireflies and a variety of species, each with their own flash pattern. Take a hayride and hop off out in the fields to frolic with the fireflies!

Families can also learn about how they can help encourage fireflies at their own home, visit with a local entomologist to discover the many species in our area, do a little stargazing with our astronomer friends, and enjoy a s’more around the campfire.

BYO: Lawn chairs, picnic, bug spray. We strongly suggest wearing long sleeves, pants, and a mosquito head net.
Keep fireflies safe by washing hands after applying bug spray and always release fireflies soon after you catch them.

$10 per car, truck, minivan. 
Register online at or pay cash at the gate.

Cabin rentals available! Call 901-878-1247 to make a reservation.

Tennessee Naturalist Program

Begins August 2021!  

Tennessee Naturalist Program participants must complete a training course of 40 hours instruction and 40 hours of volunteer service in approved activities to receive certification.  Graduates join a corps of Tennessee Naturalist volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the appreciation, understanding, and beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities.  There will be several off-site dates plus one evening program TBD.   This program includes 40 hours of instruction, student materials, and some lunches.

Fee: $250 See Schedule and Register at

Play in the Pines

TBD, 2021      6:00pm – 10:30am

Kids bring their favorite adults and spend the night at camp!

Find out about summer camp or just hang out.  Night hike, s’mores over the campfire, arts/crafts, and hunts.  Supper and breakfast as well as lodging and program are included.

$40/adult and $30/kid

Register Here!

Greeks in the Pines:
Rush and Sisterhood Retreats

Three meals, one night lodging, and swim time.   Make your reservation today!

$50 per person/$45 for additional nights   |  Download Flyer

Special rate available for July and August

Camp Food and Cocktails

TBD       4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

For $50* per person you can eat and drink with friends AND make sure Pinecrest stays a “place set apart where people of all ages can come to listen for God.”

Hang around campfires and devour fancied up camp food.

More details to come!

Plenty in the Pines

Thursday, November 26       11:30-1:00

Here’s to plenty of gratitude and plenty of turkey! Join us for a homemade meal, then enjoy our bonfires, hayrides, and rocking chairs.

RSVP by November 19 or 901.878.1247

Christmas Camp

Sunday, December 20-21 3:00pm-3:00pm

24 magical hours at Pinecrest!  We’ll sing, dance, play, make stuff, go hiking, have a bonfire and s’mores, drink hot chocolate… all the things AND your favorite summer camp counselors will be here, too!  Bring a friend!  It’s $110 which also gets you a pair of limited edition PINECREST PJ PANTS!

Register by December 10 to guarantee your size.

Registration opens in November.

Presbyterian Youth Connection Retreat

Feb. 2021 Dates TBD      for Middle and High Schoolers         $120/person


Jesus was not a pushover!  Jesus did some REVOLUTIONARY things like eating with ‘sinners’ and ‘unworthy’ folks in a time when where and with whom you ate and visited was so important.  Jesus called the whole social order into question and called us to turn the world up-side down (or, really, right-side up!).  Let’s talk about it.  And play about it.  And hang out about it….

Your youth group is welcome.  Bring an adult chaperone, and you’re in!

Email to register.

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