Presbyterian Youth Connection Retreat
Feb 23-25, 2024 for Middle and High Schoolers $120/person
ARE YOU READY FOR A REVOLUTION?!
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 Lucy@camppinecrest.org to register.
Field School for Homeschool
Select Tuesdays, 10am-Noon
Join us in the forests, fields, and creeks for environmental education classes with our Program Director. Each session will include a lesson, exploration, activities in the field, and field journaling for learning reinforcement. Recommended grades 3-5. Siblings welcome.
BYO field journal!
Tues. January 23 – Winter Tree ID
Tues. February 13 – Winter Woodland Birds
Tues. March 12 – Survival 101
Tues. April 9 – Reptiles and Amphibians
Tues. May 14 – Orienteering and Geocaching
Goat Hike and Play Day
Tuesday, March 12 1-4pm
Spring break just got a little cuter! Each family will walk their own special goat along with the herd through the woods, with stops for nibbles and nature-watching. We’ll lead the way and provide each group with a fanny pack of goat snacks to keep the goat tails wagging. Staggered hiking groups will allow for plenty of goat cuddle time back at the pen.
As groups finish their walks and cuddles, we’ll offer plenty of extra activities from a campfire with s’mores, nature art, playground time for the kids, open trails, plus meet Doodle the Friendly Noodle…our corn snake ambassador.
Trail walk is approximately .3 miles on rugged terrain.
*Trails cannot accommodate strollers*
All participants should plan to arrive by 1.
$20/person. 3 and under are free.
Space is limited! All reservations must be made in advance.
Register here: https://checkout.square.site/buy/6FVA5KJ66Q65VFE7YCOWDDTI
Trail Maintenance Days
Mondays Jan 22, Feb 26, March 11
This December 11 we are starting a new trail! Bring a rake, loppers, or pruners if you have them. We also have some tools available.
Children as young as 8 are welcome to join and help with parent supervision. These events are perfect volunteer days for your students in need of service hours.
BYO Water Bottle, we’ll provide snacks.
Saturday, April 13 7-9:30pm and Friday, May 3 7:30-10 pm
All ages and levels are welcome to join us in the Dark Sky fields for stargazing. We’ll start indoors with a presentation on the impacts and answers for light pollution, then head out to our dark sky fields to view deep space objects through the incredible telescopes of the Memphis Astronomical Society. BYO binoculars for added fun.
Select Tuesdays, 10-11:30 am
Tues. Feb 20 – Who’s Been Here?: We’ll look for animal signs, tracks, and other traces that give us clues as to who was there and what they were doing! We’ll use some tools to help us get to know things like markings, holes, tracks, and more. We’ll create a collage scene of our own to take home.
Tues. March 19 – Baby Buds: Leaves are starting to pop while some trees are putting out flowers. Let’s take a close look at the different buds and other tree parts, play some fun tree games, and make a tree craft.
Tues. April 30 – Magic Eggs: Egg-citing discoveries about eggs and egg-laying animals await. Meet our special reptile friend. Search for the special eggs around Pinecrest and then create your own recycled paper stuffie to take home.
Tues. May 21 – Water and Earth: It’s getting warm out, so let’s head down to the creek to explore and learn about the water cycle, different soils, and make a cool clay bouquet to take home.
Stay after to play and picnic.
$8/child, one adult helper free. Ages 2 and under, free. $5 Additional non-participating guests.
Reservations required. Space is limited.
Call 901-878-1247 or email Charity@camppinecrest.org to RSVP
Hike and Journal – Spring Scenes
Friday, March 15 1-4pm
Explore the burgeoning colors of spring in the forest with a short hike while engaging your journaling practice. No experience necessary. Our nature journaling expert will share some awesome techniques for creating beautiful observational memories using words, pictures, and numbers.
BYO journal and supplies. Anything goes, but you can also request a list of recommended tools.
We will supply additional observational tools.
Ages 7 and up
Register online at camppinecrest.campbrainregistration.com
Play in the Pines
Fri. March 15 starting at 5pm – Sat. March 16 at 10:30 am
Kids bring their favorite adults and spend the night at camp!
Find out about summer camp or just hang out. Enjoy a night hike, s’mores over the campfire, arts/crafts, games, and nature activities. Parents will appreciate the info session with Q&A on summer camp details.
$45/adult and $35/kid
Supper and breakfast plus private lodging and activities are included.
Hikes with the Biologist – Family Overlook Hike
Sat. March 16 10-Noon
Explore up and over the hills to the Overlook and back. Find tracks and traces of spring animal activity. Approximately 1 mile. Wear appropriate footwear and bring water. This is a perfect hike for little ones.
Pay what you can, $5 suggested donation per person.
RSVP: email@example.com or call 901-878-1247
Homeschool Hiking Club
Fridays: March 1, April 12, and May 10
Be prepared for up to 5 miles of hiking. If this is your first hike, we recommend coming to the Family-Friendly Overlook Hike first on Sat. March 16.
$5/person recommended donation.
All proceeds benefit the environmental education mission of Pinecrest.
Summer Camp Preview Day!
Sun. March 25, 2024 3-5pm
Visit Pinecrest to see what summer camp is all about! Meet the staff, check out the cabins, play on the playground, try a camp craft, explore a trail, and roast a marshmallow. Our camps serve rising 1st – 12th graders. Been to camp before? Come say hi and enjoy a fun day at your favorite getaway. We’ll even open canteen for merch and treats.
Complete the scavenger hunt and you could win a Pinecrest shirt! Drawing at 4:30.
Free and open to anyone interested in camp.
Just show up, or RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Intro to Nature Journaling
Sun. April 7 and Sun. April 14 2-4:30 pm
Immerse yourself in the beauty of spring! Join our journaling expert for a deep dive into the world of nature journaling, which blends words, pictures, and numbers to create beautiful observational memories. We’ll show you a variety of observational and journaling techniques that will help you develop your personal style. Each class will be completely different.
BYO journal and any supplies you like. We’ll also have some supplies on hand.
You can request a list of recommended tools.
Ages 7 and up
Register online at www.pinecrest.campbrainregistration.com (Open soon!)
Natural Resources Career Exploration
Fri. April 26 9:00am-12:30pm
Students in grades 8-12 can experience STEAM-based careers in the outdoors. Each station will be led by a professional in wildlife biology, stormwater management, environmental education, herpetology, and more. Hands-on activities give a sense of the important ways we protect and manage our resources.
Tennessee Naturalist Program
2024 FULL! Thank you!
The mission of the Tennessee Naturalist Program is to teach Tennesseans about our natural world, inspire the desire to learn more, instill an appreciation of responsible environmental stewardship, and channel volunteer efforts toward education of the general public and conservation of Tennessee’s natural resources. Become a Certified Tennessee Naturalist through 40 hours of instruction and 40 hours of volunteer service. Limited space available.
Classes begin March 4.
Blue Ghost Firefly Festival
Please arrive between 6-6:30 pm to settle in at the Chapel for a firefly presentation.
Proceeds benefit Pinecrest’s environmental education programming.
-If using bug spray, please do not handle fireflies (mosquito headnets and long loose clothing are highly recommended in lieu of bug spray).
CampFood and Cocktails
2024 TBD 4-6 pm
Our big fundraiser party! Join Pinecrest friends new and old while enjoying yummy foods, drinks, campfires, a silent auction, music, and more at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church, 5530 Shady Grove Rd in Memphis.
Learn more about the event, ticketing, and volunteer opportunities at the CampFood and Cocktails page by clicking here!
Snappy Sync Firefly Hike
Saturday, June 3 8-10pm
Pay what you can, suggested $10 donation to support our environmental education programs.
Call 901-878-1247 for more information.
December 2024 TBD
27 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!
Open to Grades 3-8.
$130 if you complete your registration and pay in full before November 1!
$150 if registering or paying after October 31.
Registration open now!
Cinnamon Roll Out 2024
Thank you to everyone who ordered! Pick up TBD at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church from 11:30-12:30.
Contact us if you need to make other arrangements: email@example.com or 901.878.1247