Photo Credit: Chip Chockley Photography

Little Explorers

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

Fri. June 18
Spheres and Bubbles – Find bubbles and other spheres in nature. Make a natural bubble blower, create bubble art, and form giant bubbles.

Fri. July 9
Wild Tracks – Learn about the animals of Pinecrest and explore the creek to find their tracks. Make a plaster print to take home.  Bring water clothes and shoes!

Fri, August 13
Water Babies – Follow me to the cattails and frog calls; we’re looking for water babies! Borrow a net and we’ll look, listen, and make a splash! Bring water clothes and shoes!

$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.

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

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

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 25       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 18 or 901.878.1247

Christmas Camp

December TBD 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. 2022 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.

Play in the Pines

TBD, 2022      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!

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.

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