Old Forest inventory

Managing our remarkable forest

Today’s Commercial Appeal puts a spotlight on the Midtown Urban Forestry Fellowship, a partnership between Overton Park Conservancy and Rhodes College to develop an inventory of the Old Forest. (Go read it if you haven’t!) The article illustrates a crucial dynamic in forest management: balancing a careful study of the ecosystem with needs that should be […]


Kids, Dogs, and Birds!

While there may be a Hollywood axiom about never working with kids or dogs (or birds, for that matter), at Overton Park we love all three. That’s why we’d love for you to join us at one or more events happening this weekend in the park. For the Kids This Saturday, December 13, Snowden PTO […]

St. Jude Marathon

St. Jude Marathon Info

This year’s St. Jude Marathon will be run on Saturday, December 6.  Because part of the marathon course runs through Overton Park, we wanted to let you know what to expect that day so you can plan your visits to the park accordingly. The race begins downtown at 8:00 a.m., so the first runners will […]

A Magical Night at Overton Park

Thanks for bringing the magic!

The weather was chilly, but the 450 guests who attended the third annual A Magical Night at Overton Park were filled with nothing but warm feelings. As they wined and dined and listened to great music, our park supporters celebrated the park’s progress and talked about exciting new projects yet to come. Our theme this […]

Spherical densiometer

A leafy learning lab

The Old Forest State Natural Area is full of mysteries. Why do some large trees withstand a windstorm while others fall? How old are our oldest trees? What plants are regenerating when a big tree falls and creates a gap that lets sunshine onto the forest floor? What replaces the invasive plants like kudzu and […]