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Rhodes Fellows poster

Urban forestry fellows win poster contest

Congratulations to our Rhodes College Urban Forestry Fellows Helen Hope, Ethan Williford, and Mac Wilson, who won first place for their research poster about regeneration dynamics in the Old Forest. They received the honor at the International Society of Arboriculture – Southern Chapter conference in South Carolina this February. Their research concerns the species diversity […]

New! Field guide to birds of the Old Forest

The Old Forest is home to dozens of resident bird species, like the familiar Northern cardinal, American robin, and blue jay. But what about all the less-common birds that live here year-round, or the colorful warblers that pass through only during migration season? How do you identify those? Thanks to the iNaturalist platform, we’re bringing […]

Trail marker 3

Walk and learn on the Old Forest Loop

As we wrap up fundraising for our latest ioby-assisted project (new crosswalks at Poplar and Tucker), we’re excited to announce the completion of last year’s work: new trail markers and interpretive content for the Old Forest State Natural Area. Markers for the main Old Forest trail, which loops through the southern section of the forest, were […]

Catching ’em all–copperheads, that is

While hundreds of park visitors converged on the Greensward in search of Pokémon, last week the Conservancy staff had an opportunity to see creatures that most park visitors will never encounter: copperhead snakes. University of Memphis graduate researcher Malle Carrasco-Harris let us tag along as she checked in on several of the snakes she’s been studying for the […]

A sneak peek at a grand welcome

For a long time, the Old Forest has felt like one of Memphis’ best-kept secrets: a place to immerse yourself in nature, teach your kids how to ride their bikes, or enter a race supporting your favorite cause. But as more and more people flock to a revitalized Overton Park, they’re discovering this special place […]