#OptOutside Pinecrest Hike
Friday, November 24 10am-1pm
This three-mile hike will take you over the hills to the Overlook, through the woods, and out across fields. Enjoy the fresh air as you opt outside this Black Friday. Explore the signs of fall and look for tracks and traces of our local wildlife with our expert biologist. Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather and rugged trails.
Pay what you can, $5/person suggested donation
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 901-878-1247
December 21-22, 2023
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!
Select Tuesdays, 10-11:30 am
Stay after to play and picnic.
Tues. October 17: Costumes and Colors – Fall colors have us feeling festive! Explore the science of how trees and animals get dressed up for fall through guided activities, art, and play. Please come dressed in your favorite costume!
Tues. November 7: Overlook Hike and Campfire Stories – A short hike through the forest and over the hills will lead us to the Overlook. We’ll light up a campfire and tell stories and sing songs. A little exploring might uncover some interesting critters. Hike is a total of one-mile round trip.
Tues. December 5: Nature’s Decorations – Using natural found materials, we will create beautiful mini-wreaths, a glittering pinecone banner, and more!
$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
Field School for Homeschool
Select Wednesdays, 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.
BYO field journal!
Recommended grades 3-5. Siblings welcome to join or play on the playground.
Weds October 18: Hickory Harvard – Get to know these forest trees that are important to pollinators, larger wildlife, and even humans. Learn how to recognize several different species of nut trees, build a tree, and take measurements using a variety of scales. Don’t forget to BYO science journal!
Weds November 8: Olden Days Work and Play – Try some fun old-fashioned manual tools, games, and crafts that are considered bygones of an era long ago compared to our modern world. Don’t forget that field journal to help us contemplate our experience.
Weds. December 13: Exploring Evergreens – Explore the forest and learn about the variety of plants that keep their chlorophyll kicking. Journals will be filled with greenery and we’ll finish with a winter decoration craft.
Trail Maintenance Mondays
Aug 28, Sept 1, Sept 18, Oct 16, Nov 6, Dec 11
We are smoothing trails, creating new trails, and clearing up and restoring old trails. We can supply some tools, or bring your own loppers, trimmers, rake, or shovel. Bring a water bottle.
Junior Journalers Nature Club
Select Tuesdays, 1-3pm
Each class includes nature journaling techniques, fun group activities, and inquisitive individual exploration.
Taught by Amaya Shreeve, mentee of renowned journaler and educator John Muir Laws.
Tues. September 12: Intro-Observation Skills and Drawing Trees
Tues. October 17: Nature’s Blueprint and Drawing Pinecones
Tues. November 7: Noticing Change and Species Accounts
Tues. December 5: Zoom In, Zoom Out and Landscapes
Pay what you can, suggested $10/Person
RSVP: Charity@camppinecrest.org or call 901-878-1247
Plenty in the Pines
Thursday, November 23, 2023 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 9 email@example.com or 901.878.1247
Adults $25, Kids ages 4-9 $15, Kids under 4 Free
Please follow us for more events to come!
Let’s gather in the fields for stargazing. We’ll start indoors with presentation to brush up on our astronomy knowledge, 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.
Play in the Pines
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.
Summer Camp Preview Day!
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, winner must be present.
Free and open to anyone interested in camp.
Just show up, or RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Natural Resources Career Exploration
2024 TBD 9:30-12:30
Students in grades 8-12 can experience STEAM-based careers in the outdoors. Each station will be led by a professional in forestry, hydrologic systems, stewardship ecology, environmental education, and wildlife biology and includes an activity for students to sample some of the exciting ways we protect and manage our important resources.
Presbyterian Youth Connection Retreat
2024 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 Lucy@camppinecrest.org to register.
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.
Cinnamon Roll Out and Merch Orders
Grab some swag and cinnamon rolls for holiday gifting!
Cinnamon Rolls – Our famous rolls are made by our kitchen staff at Pinecrest, frozen, and packaged for gifting. Order by…. for Memphis pickup on Saturday, …….. We’ll set a midday pickup time at Shady Grove Presbyterian, or you can make an appointment to pickup at Pinecrest.
$15/pan, $14/pan for orders of 10 or more.
Contact us to order: email@example.com or 901.878.1247
Tennessee Naturalist Program
Spring 2023 Closed.
Stay tuned for 2024!
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.
Snappy Syncs Firefly Hike
Sat. June 3 8-10 pm
Did you know west Tennessee has several species of synchronous fireflies? Come see the Snappy Syncs, Photuris frontalis, light up the wooded hillslopes at Pinecrest in an electrifying display. We’ll make our way to the Overlook as we listen to the owls and chuck-wills-widows. If we have a clear night we’ll see thousands of stars and take dark sky readings. Get hands-on and explore special wildlife areas that may yield more beautiful nocturnal wildlife finds.
We’ll hike as the sun sets, so bring a flashlight or headlamp (the best ones are low lumens plus a red or blue light filter). Loose long sleeves and a mosquito head net provide good protection without excessive bug spray that can harm the wildlife we want to see.
This event is open to all, please no pets.
Pay what you can, suggested $5 donation to support our environmental education programs.
Arrive between 7:30-8, hike departs promptly at 8.
Register here: https://forms.gle/rE3JawUGWhSBNmXc7
Call 901-878-1247 for more information.