Photo Credit: Chip Chockley Photography

Open-Gate Days (Fall Break Fun!)

10 am – 2 pm
Go for a hike, splash in the creek, frolic in the fields, enjoy our playground, and bring a picnic.
Plus: Special fall break mini-activities from 10:30-11 am each day

Fri., October 9: Plant a Pine
Tues., October 13: Nature Art
Thurs. October 15: Fun with Hula Hoops    

No childcare available.
Dogs on leash welcome.  Please clean up after your pet.
If you feel sick or are symptomatic, please remain home.
$5/person suggested donation if available

Pinecrest is serious about your safety.  Thankfully, we offer 450 acres of respite without any crowding. Pinecrest Open-Gate Days are for you to maintain your spiritual, physical, and mental well-being. Our guests should continue to comply with social distancing and face cover guidelines from our local government and the CDC so that we may continue to offer an essential service safely.

Call 901-878-1247 for more information.
Click below for Hiking Directions to Overlook or the Science Scavenger Hunt
Directions to Overlook                                  science scavegner hunt 

You’ve Got to See This Tree!

Friday, October 2         10am-2pm

This mother oak tree is huge and worth the hike! It’s likely old enough to have watched Civil War troops cross the landscape.

We’ll start our social-distance hike by heading to the Overlook with views over the Wolf River Valley and into Mississippi’s Holly Springs National Forest, before descending down into the adjacent Wildlife Management Area to explore Baugh Bridge Trail (an abandoned wagon trail), the lagoon-like banks of the upper Wolf, and the immense beech and oak trees that dot this protected area. Learn more about the geology, history, and flora/fauna of this special area.

This is a moderate hike that can be strenuous at times and is appx 4 miles. We will encounter multiple elevation changes of 70 feet or more, off-trail travel, briars and occasional low-clearances

Meet at Pinecrest between 9:45 and 10 am.
$5 per person.
RSVP: Charity@camppinecrest.org or call 901-878-1247

Bring lunch, water, bug spray. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes or boots. There will be mud.

In the event of inclement weather, this hike will be postponed.

Little Explorers

Various Fridays this Fall
10 am – 11:30

Mini-adventures for you and your little one led by our program director.  Social-distance summer fun.  One adult helper free with each child. Recommended for ages 4-6.  Program director and families will maintain 6′ apart to ensure fun and safe experiences.  

Friday, Oct. 16 Hoot and Hike
 Learn the calls of local birds; maybe they will answer!  We’ll take a walk to look for birds and bird nests then make a whistle craft.

 Friday, Nov. 6 Fallin’ for Leaves
Jump in the leaves, play leaf games, learn about fall colors.

$6/child.  One adult helper free per child.
Register soon!  Limited space available.  Click on image to register.

Trail Maintenance Mondays

Monday, Oct. 19, Nov. 23, Dec. 7

10am-Noon

Social-distance volunteer opportunity this fall.  We are smoothing trails, creating new trails, and clearing up and restoring old trails.  

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: charity@camppinecrest.org or call 901-878-1247

Vamos de Caminata a Pinecrest

Sábado 24 de octubre 10 am-mediodía         Sat. October 24    10am-Noon
Viernes 20 de noviembre 10 am-mediodía      Fri., November 20   10am-Noon

Bienvenidos amigos! Disfrute de una hermosa caminata de otoño dirigida por Pinecrest con la ayuda de un intérprete en Español. Nos tomaremos nuestro tiempo para explorar la naturaleza y hacer preguntas mientras caminamos hasta un mirador donde podrá ver todo el camino hasta Mississippi. El total de millas de la caminata es de aproximadamente 1.5 millas con algunas colinas. ¡Genial para niños! Quédate para una taza de cacao.

Donación sugerida de $ 5 por persona
Para reservar contactar a : Charity@camppinecrest.org o llame al 901-878-1247

Bienvenidos amigos!  Enjoy a beautiful fall hike with Pinecrest and the help of a Spanish language interpreter.  We will take our time as we hike to the Overlook, enjoy learning about nature, and have time for questions through the translator.  Total hiking miles is about 1.5 miles with some hills.  Great for kids!  Stay for a cup of cocoa.

$5 suggested donation per person
RSVP: Charity@camppinecrest.org or call 901-878-1247

Special Needs Family Hiking Club

These trips are for our special needs friends and their families. Our guide will take your family on various short hikes around Pinecrest at a slow pace to allow for safety and assistance from their family and to provide time to explore the wonders of nature! Help build confidence and strength!

Trails are Pinecrest are not suitable for wheeled equipment at this time. Trails are natural and rough-surfaced with easy to moderate difficulties. We do not provide supervision. Hikers should be able to walk in a standing position and assisted by their family. Adaptive carriers also welcome!

Tuesdays: September 29, October 27, November 24, December 15             10-11:30 am

$5 suggested donation.
RSVP 901-878-1247 or e-mail Charity@camppinecrest.org

Bats and Bonfires

Friday, October 30   6-9pm

Make a functional bat house with your family and celebrate the importance of bats.  Learn more about what makes them special and why they need our help!  Enjoy a night out at Pinecrest with a hot dog dinner and s’mores around the bonfire.

Includes dinner, bat box kit, and instructor

$100/Family up to 4 people        $8 additional people

Registration open soon! 
Call 901-878-247 or e-mail charity@camppinecrest.org 

National Take a Hike Day

Tuesday, November 17    10am-1pm

Let’s go hiking!  Come on out for one of our biggest hikes we offer!  We’ll explore approximately 4 miles around our Perimeter Trail.  Catch some great scenery into Mississippi on the ridgetops and varying forest community types around the Blue trail.  Bring your own lunch.  Easy to moderate.

$5 per person
RSVP: Charity@camppinecrest.org or call 901-878-1247

My Desk at Pinecrest
Change up your workspace this fall!
Wednesdays, September 9-November 18
9-4 pm

For Working Adults – 
Get a new view at your home office in the woods!  Enjoy a window to the forest and a relaxing workspace. 
Take a lunch break mini-retreat!
We’ll provide a 6′ workspace, padded chair, outlet, hand sanitizer, and WiFi.
Bring your mask, lunch, and water bottle.
$10/ BYO Hotspot
$15/WiFi Provided
($5 off 1 adult with students registration – code received upon student registration to apply)
Paid reservations must be made in advance for adults with at least 24 hours notice.
Register Here.

For Hybrid/Homeschool Students-
We’re so excited to offer this new unique option for virtual learning! Independent learners will enjoy social-distance workspace and fun outdoor time and exploration with Pinecrest’s outdoor programming.               9 student maximum.  Register early for available spaces.

A learning coach will oversee students in a “study-hall” style environment. 
We’ll provide the learning coaches, WiFi, and sanitizer. 
Students should bring any work for the day and their devices, lunch, snack, reusable water bottle, and mask.

$40/child per day
$35/2+ children per day
Billing in advance for each month or pay in full.
Register Here.

Tennessee Naturalist Program

TBD 2020 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

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   Charity@camppinecrest.org or 901.878.1247

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!

Wilderness First Aid Course

TBD, April 2021    

Prepare for the unexpected with this engaging, hands-on introduction to wilderness medicine, taught over two or two and a half 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.

Ages 16 and up   Early Bird $240/person  TBD  $260/person

Register Here!

More Info 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  amanda@camppinecrest.org 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

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 Lucygc@bellsouth.net to register.