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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 […]

The Dog Days of Summer

The Dog Days of Summer

There’s no denying it: we’re in the dog days of summer. It’s hot, it’s humid, and it’s hard sometimes to leave the air-conditioned comfort of home and get outside. But we still see so many people enjoying the park: having family reunions at the pavilions, running on the trails, climbing the Spiderwebs at Rainbow Lake […]

Future member of the tree trail

Nuts and Bolts

Time to open up the ol’ Overton Park mailbag and answer a few questions! I’ve seen some pretty big trees coming down near Memphis College of Art. What’s going on? City of Memphis crews are taking down a few mature trees this week that are seriously decayed. You might remember that last year, a large […]

Cycling in the Old Forest

What is a healthy forest?

We know that many of you love walking, running, biking, or just reflecting in the Old Forest State Natural Area. It’s a different place depending on the season of the year, and you never know what sort of interesting plant or animal life you’ll see on your visit. It’s a place that has been treasured […]