List of All Events

14th Annual Memphis Pride Fest

Every year, 9,000+ people gather in downtown Memphis for the largest Pride Fest in the tri state area. Memphis Pride Festival and Parade is a diverse and family friendly event, which brings the LGBTQIA community and its allies together to celebrate our unity and strength which has been built over the last 14 years.

Electric Vehicle Event - Sierra Club

Join the Sierra Club for their next meeting and learn more about electric vehicles! Joe Ozegovich from the Chickasaw Group will give a presentation on the benefits of owning and operating an electric vehicle (EV) in combination with providing renewable solar energy to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Immediately after the presentation, check out EV models from Tesla, Nissan, and BMW.

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38111. More information available here

 

Fairgrounds Planning Meeting

The City of Memphis is reopening the planning process for the Fairgrounds and will hold three public meetings over the next several months. The first meeting - 8/10/17 at 5:00pm - will focus on sharing details of previous redevelopment planning efforts, collecting feedback on the products of those efforts and galvanizing ideas for the economic stimulation of the site. This meeting is in an open house format with no formal presentation, so come and go as you wish.

Annual Scarecrow Contest and Seminar @ Lichterman Nature Center

Are you looking for a fun, inexpensive project to demonstrate your creativity, and/or promote your group?

Lichterman’s annual Scarecrow Contest may be just the thing!  Participants tell us “…it is easier and even more fun than we thought – we loved it!”   Winners of five contest categories receive $100 cash prizes.  After the contest, 10,000+ visitors come see the fall displays.

Urban Forestry Advisor's Class

Join the West Tennessee Chapter of the Urban Forestry Council (WTC/TUFC) and the Memphis Botanic Garden for this opportunity to learn about trees and issues facing the urban tree canopy. The class fee ($85) includes a handbook and dues for both the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council and local chapter.
 

Herbal Work Study: Herbal Beverages

The first two hours will be spent weeding, grooming, thinning, planting, or whatever else needs doing in the Herb Garden.  The last hour will be spent learning about using herbs to create drinks.  I will have cold water and bug spray available, you bring your favorite hand tools for weeding and grooming (soil knives, Cape Cod weeders, old kitchen knives, trowels, pruners, gloves, etc. – no hoes or rakes needed, though).  Everyone will get to go home with a handout that includes tips and recipes.  Arrive at the Horticulture Building in the south end of the parking lot by 8:15a.m.

Herbal Beverages

Wondering what to do with nature’s bounty? Join Sherri McCalla and learn how to turn herbs into tasty beverages. Sherri is a Master Gardener, long-time member of the Memphis Herb Society, and MBG’s Herb Garden Curator. Sherri will demonstrate and guests will be able to taste herbal waters, juices, teas, shrubs, and cordials. Tasting the cordial will require proof of age (21 or older). Recipes will be provided. Prepayment required by August 7th. For questions or to register, 901-636-4128.

Native Bees: Their Biology, Diversity, and Role as Pollinators of Native Plants

Presented by Wolf River Conservancy and Memphis Botanic Garden: Heather Holm, horticulturist and biologist, and the author of Pollinators of Native Plants and Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide, travels from Minnesota to discuss native bees and other pollinators and their relationships with native plants. She will also sign copies of her books; a limited number will be available for purchase at the event.

Greenlines, Greenways, and Bike Paths, Oh My!

Memphis' local Sierra Club, Chickasaw Group will hold its monthly program meeting on Thursday, July 20 at 5:50 pm at the Main Library at 3030 Poplar. The title of the session is "Greenlines, Greenways, and Bike Paths, Oh My!"

Three experts are the presenters- Andrew Israel, Executive Director of the Greater Memphis Greenline, Keith Cole, Executive Director of the Wolf River Conservancy, and Nicholas Oyler, Manager of Bicycle/Pedestrian Programs, City of Memphis.

Bike to RiverPlay and Picnic

Have you been to RiverPlay at the Fourth Bluff? Head down with us on July 29th. We'll meet at Revolutions at 5:30. Bring a picnic to eat, if you want. Or get food from El Mero Taco Truck which is booked for the 29th. It's also "Trip Hop Skate Night w DJ Redeye" from 7-9pm. We know you can roll on the bicycles.

Memphis Afro-Carnival Weekend Festival

Memphis Afro-Carnival is happy to present its first annual weekend Festival that will take place in Downtown Memphis as from July 27th to July 30th. On July 29th come witness the world famous Beale Street filled with ethnicities from all around the world dressed in beautiful costumes while they match. We are looking forward to having live performances from top Caribbean, Indian, Afro and Latino artists.

MEMFix: Kickoff Planning Session

The 8th installment of the MEMFix program happens this fall at the confluence of several exciting projects in and around the Medical District, Crosstown, and the Madison Avenue corridor. Help bring together the arts, community, innovation, and design to support streetscape improvements, arts installations, pop-up shops, entertainment, and more!

Family Fun Day on the Wolf River

Join the Wolf River Conservancy for the initial Family Fun Day of 2017 on the section of the Wolf River from Germantown Parkway to Walnut Grove Road. This is a surprisingly pleasant three and half mile section of the Wolf river that parallels the Shelby Farm trails on river right and the Wolf River Greenway Trail on river left.

Job Fair - Teach 901

The next Teach901 Job Fair takes place Thursday, June 8 at the Kroc Center Memphis. Attendees will have the chance to speak with representatives from several different education groups hiring for schools all over Memphis. More information, including registration, available here

 

Kroc Center Memphis - 800 E. Parkway S, Memphis, TN 38104

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Night at the Lorraine

You are invited to celebrate the vibrant history of the Lorraine Motel for the benefit of the National Civil Rights Museum. Step back in time with an evening of food, music and fun reminiscent of the Lorraine Motel – which counted B.B. King, Nat King Cole, “Count” Basie, Isaac Hayes, Booker T.

South Memphis Farmers Market

Since opening in 2010 the South Memphis Farmers Market has grown by leaps and bounds, becoming the destination in South Memphis for fresh produce during the growing season. We feature produce from local farmers and handmade items from other local producers on Thursdays between the months of May and November each year.

Trashion Show - Memphis City Beautiful

Memphis City Beautiful's Trashion Show showcasing 40 Memphis-based artists that have repurposed trash into beautiful designs. Proceeds provide community improvement grants for beautification initiatives across Memphis. The Show will feature emceeing by WMC Action News 5 meteorologist Ron Childers and Babbie Lovett as well as include special performances, food, wine and a silent auction.

Ticket information:

General - $45

MIFA Community Cleanup

Starting at MIFA, a morning cleanup to remove trash and debris from MIFA's neighborhood. Join people from diverse backgrounds to work together and get acquainted while helping to beautify the streets in 38126, Memphis' poorest zip code.

Celebrate South America! Floral Demonstration

Memphis Botanic Garden’s Director of Horticulture, Rick Pudwell, will create colorful and artistic designs featuring flowers from South America, in celebration of Memphis in May’s honored country, Colombia. Bring a sack lunch or order a box lunch from Fratelli’s Café at the Garden. Three completed designs will be given away as door prizes at the end of the program. No need to pre-register. MBG members $5/non-members $12.

Signs of Spring Walk

Meet at the Visitor’s Center and walk the beautiful grounds of Memphis Botanic Garden with Master Gardener, Judith Hammond. Free to members or with paid Garden admission. No reservations necessary, canceled in case of rain.

Memphis Botanic Garden

1:30pm

10-Minute Bubba Tufa with Paul Little

Sedum king and creative gardener Paul Little will lead this demo on creating a quick and easy hyper-tufa pot. After his demonstration, you choose whether to take your DIY kit home to complete or stay to make your pot and take it home in the mold. Class fee includes DIY kit with everything you need to complete the bowl. (You’ll need vegetable spray, if you choose to make your pot at home.) All you have to do is open the bag, pour in water, mix, and form.

Nursery at the Garden

Good news for all Mid-South gardeners! Our new volunteer run nursery will be open on Saturday mornings, offering many of the same plants available at our Spring Plant Sale. Through the season, keep an eye out for one-day Super Sales, as we reduce inventory for summer. The Nursery at the Garden is now a year-round production nursery that focuses on herbs, perennials, flowering shrubs and plants that will draw birds, butterflies, and bees to your garden.

Spring Tram Tours

Join docents from the Garden for a tram tour of the beautiful grounds of the Memphis Botanic Garden. The tram will leave from the east end of the Four Seasons Fountain area approximately every 20 minutes. Free to members or with regular Garden admission. No reservations necessary. Call 901-636-4100 for information.

10:00am - 12:00pm

Germantown Amnesty Dumpster Day

Germantown residents ONLY. Amnesty Dumpster Day gives Germantown residents a chance to get rid of unwanted bulky items not picked up by sanitation service providers. Items accepted at both locations include building materials, fencing or wire, steel poles, tires without rims, concrete, dirt, rocks, lawn mowers, bikes, grills and propane grill tanks. These items can be taken to either location.
 
At the Public Works Complex, 7700 Southern Ave, and Johnson Road Park, 2950 Johnson Rd.
 

Beltline Spring Festival

Jacob's Ladder Community Devpt, 427 Boston St, Memphis
 
Beautify the neighborhood- demolish a house, cleanup a waterway, plant trees, plant a garden. Kids events!
 
- More Info? Pastor Steven Hardrick - 574-5388 or Rev. William D. Marler – 338-7055

Downtown Walking Tours with Jimmy Ogle

Being Duckmaster at The Peabody Hotel on Fridays through Tuesdays has made the weekly FREE walking tours in Downtown shift to Thursday with the first tour of the 2017 Spring Season being Thursday, April 20. Being the third Thursday of the month, the traditional tour of the D'Army Bailey Courthouse will be this year's opener, assembling at 12:00 noon on the southwest Courthouse steps, Adams & Second. This Spring Season's NEW tour will be B.B.

Bikes and Jazz

Have you heard about 5 Fridays of Jazz at Benjamin Hooks? 2017 is the encore season of this free concert series starting March 3 – April 28, 2017 featuring some of the region’s great jazz entertainers. We're meeting early, at 5:30, because doors open at 6 p.m. and seats go fast.

Learn about the Memphis Aquifer - Nerd Nite at the Rec Room

Dr. Brian Waldron, Director of the Center for Applied Earth Science and Engineering Research (CAESER) at the University of Memphis, will be presenting on the Memphis Aquifer and water resources in the region. This will be part of the Rec Room's Nerd Nite event. Other speakers will also have an environmental focus. For more information as it becomes available, check out the Rec Room's Facebook page

7:00pm

Rec Room - 3000 Broad Avenue

Zero Landfill Upcycling Event

ZeroLandfill™ is an award winning upcycling program designed to reduce pressure on local landfill capacity. The architectural & interior design community will collect expired samples from their libraries and drop them off at the collection area for sorting and redistribution to the local community.

V&E Artwalk

The sixth annual V&E Artwalk will feature over 65 artists from the Greater Memphis area selling their crafts. It will also include a silent auction, large children’s area, local musicians, exciting food options, local craft beer, wine and soft drinks.  The Artwalk is sponsored by Midtown’s V&E Greenline and will take place Saturday April 22, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 1625 Tutwiler Ave on the V&E Greenline.

Spring Frog Calling Workshop

Whether you’d like to learn a few frog calls to enrich your time outdoors, or become a citizen scientist adding important information to a national database, this is the workshop for you!  We’ll spend a fun morning learning about amphibians, wetlands, the Frogwatch USA program, and especially our local frogs and their courtship calls. 

Signs of Spring: Arboretum Walk

Participants will meet at the Visitor’s Center and explore Memphis Botanic Garden’s Level 4 Arboretum with Master Gardener Judith Hammond. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, as the hike will be off-trail. Free to members or with paid Garden admission. No reservations necessary, canceled in case of rain.

Memphis Botanic Garden - 750 Cherry Rd, Memphis, TN 38117

Herbal Work Study at the Memphis Botanic Garden: Spring Greens

The first two hours will be spent weeding, grooming, thinning, planting, or whatever else needs doing in the Herb Garden.  The last hour will be spent learning about edible spring greens masquerading as weeds.  Cold water and bug spray (if needed) will be available, you bring your favorite hand tools for weeding and grooming (soil knives, Cape Cod weeders, old kitchen knives, trowels, pruners, gloves, etc. – no hoes or rakes needed, though). Everyone will get to go home with a handout that includes tips and recipes. 

Brown Bag at the Memphis Botanic Garden: Backyard Chickens

Join Rick Pudwell for this discussion on raising chickens for eggs, meat, or companionship. Chickens are allowed in most cities, with some stipulations. Rick will address housing, feed, trouble shooting, and the day-to-day care needed to keep a small flock healthy. A sampling of live chickens will be available for observation. Bring a sack lunch or order a box lunch from Fratelli’s Café at the Garden. Free to members or with paid Garden admission. Call 636-4100 for more information. 

12:00pm

Memphis Botanic Garden - 750 Cherry Rd, Memphis, TN 38117

Conversations about Local Food Policy - Food Access and Security

Conversations about Local Food Policy is a panel series that addresses how policy affects our food system. Throughout the month of March we'll address how topics such as Sustainable Agriculture, Land Use and Access, Farm to School and Child Nutrition, and Food Access and Security are affected by policy. Come learn from the experts who work within these topics, ask questions, and network.

Topic: Food Access and Security

Conversations about Local Food Policy - Farm to School and Child Nutrition

Conversations about Local Food Policy is a panel series that addresses how policy affects our food system. Throughout the month of March we'll address how topics such as Sustainable Agriculture, Land Use and Access, Farm to School and Child Nutrition, and Food Access and Security are affected by policy. Come learn from the experts who work within these topics, ask questions, and network.

Conversations about Local Food Policy - Land Use and Access

Conversations about Local Food Policy is a panel series that addresses how policy affects our food system. Throughout the month of March we'll address how topics such as Sustainable Agriculture, Land Use and Access, Farm to School and Child Nutrition, and Food Access and Security are affected by policy. Come learn from the experts who work within these topics, ask questions, and network.

Topic: Land Use and Access

Conversations about Local Food Policy - Sustainable Agriculture

Conversations about Local Food Policy is a panel series that addresses how policy affects our food system. Throughout the month of March we'll address how topics such as Sustainable Agriculture, Land Use and Access, Farm to School and Child Nutrition, and Food Access and Security are affected by policy. Come learn from the experts who work within these topics, ask questions, and network.

Topic: Sustainable Agriculture

Tennessee Arbor Day Celebration

Join local partners for a celebration of Tennessee Arbor Day at Lichterman Nature Center. There will be an official City of Memphis/Tree City USA tree planting ceremony in recognition of the TN Arbor Day. Also, free tree bare root saplings will be given away to the public while supplies last: Roughleaf Dogwood, Baldcypress, and Water Tupelo.

10:00am 

Lichterman Nature Center - 5992 Quince Road, Memphis, TN 38119

Tennessee Naturalist Program

Tennessee Naturalist Program at Memphis Botanic Garden. Mondays, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (First class and last class end at 3:00 p.m., plus one evening session TBA.) The TN Naturalist Program is a corps of volunteers providing education, outreach, and service, dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities. TN Naturalist Program participants will complete a training course of 40 hours instruction plus 40 hours of approved volunteer service activities. $225 course fee. Class size is limited; registration is required.

Love Blooms at the Garden!

During the fall and winter months, Memphis Botanic Garden staff are planting thousands of bulbs in preparation for our spectacular spring flower display. You can support this labor of love with a donation in honor of your Valentine, and we’ll mail your special someone a unique card to let them know they make your heart bloom! $20 sends 1 Valentine card/$50 sends 3 Valentines/$100 sends 8 Valentines.

Proposals due for Working Groups - Food Advisory Council for Memphis & Shelby County

The Food Advisory Council for Memphis and Shelby County (FAC), facilitated by Memphis Tilth's Food Policy Program, is a local community council that meets regularly to promote policies and regulations designed to enhance local food economics. The FAC is accepting Working Group proposals that advance food policy to promote local food access and the local food economy. Working Group proposals are due Wednesday, February 8th at 5pm.

Family Fun Hike - Shelby Farms Park

Led by a Shelby Farms Park Interpretive Docent, these family fun hikes are great educational recreation for adults and children of all ages! Reservations are not required, but donations are appreciated.Please remember your walking shoes, appropriate outdoor clothing, and water bottles! Due to the tripping hazard, please leave your pet at home. Please meet at the Shelby Farms Park Visitor Center. 

Bicycle Overhaul Course - Revolutions Bicycle Co-op

This winter, Revolutions Bicycle Co-op will offer a "Bicycle Overhaul" course, an extensive and fun seven-week bicycle repair and maintenance class designed for the home mechanic. Learn about your bicycle, system by system, as well as adjust, overhaul, and replace worn parts. You will learn how to repair and prevent issues yourself. And after completing this course, you will have fully overhauled your own bicycle.

Meets on Tuesdays, January 17, 24, 31 and February 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 6:30-9:30pm

Second Annual Polar Wolf Plunge

Join the Wolf River Conservancy to celebrate the arrival of 2017 in a most unique manner.  Beginning at 1:00 pm, they will light a bonfire, set out warm beverages and food and gather at the Bateman Road Bridge access ramp to the Wolf River for a great time of socializing in preparation of entering the chilly waters at 2:00 pm.

Landscape Design Course

January 12, 19, and 26. 
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. 

Join Jim Crowder  for this 3-session course that will cover site assessment, basic design, plant selection, installation, maintenance, and adding details to make it your own.

Best Management Practices for Construction and Land Disturbing Activities

The City of Memphis Stormwater Program presents its fall public meeting on Best Management Practices for Construction and Land Disturbing Activities. Come learn the what, when, and why of EPSC and enforcement. 

 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway South in the Buckman Building Montesi Room

To RSVP or for event questions, call 901-636-4349 or email stormwater@memphistn.gov 

Memphis Green Drinks

Help the Memphis Green Drinks chapter celebrate their second anniversary at Alchemy in Cooper Young. Instead of the usual guest speaker format, there will be a special Green Trivia Night. More information available here

Alchemy, 940 S. Cooper Street, Memphis, TN

6:30 - 9:00pm

Electronic Recycle Event

Christian Brothers High School is hosting its 6th Annual Electronic Recycle Event Saturday September 24th in the Main Parking lot on Campus. 

In the past 5 years their efforts have helped collect over 200,000 pounds of materials that were shredded and turned over to companies that use recycled metal, plastic and glass. This means 100 tons of non-biodegradable material that never hit our community landfills, but has been reused in our daily products by businesses that care, thus making the community and world a healthier place to live.

Landscape Design

Join Jim Crowder  for this 3-session course that will cover site assessment, basic design, plant selection, installation, maintenance, and adding details to make it your own. Prepayment due by October 15. MBG members $45 ($60 per couple)/non-members $60 ($75 per couple). Call 901-636-4128 for more information or to register.

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Nature's Fairy Garden

Join Fairy Garden enthusiast Paul Little for this hands-on workshop where each participant will build their own Fairy Garden out of natural materials. All supplies are provided but participants are encouraged to bring their own accoutrements (sea shells, stones, pods or marbles). Class will be held outside unless raining, please dress appropriately. MBG members $8/non-members $13. Prepayment required by October 19.  Call 901-636-4128 for more information or to register.

Evening Floral Design

Welcome visitors with a wreath for an exterior door using a grapevine wreath form, live sedum plant, and dried materials. Regina Berryman, internationally known floral designer leads this hands-on class that will focus on design principles, plant materials, supplies, and mechanics. Participants will take home a completed design. Students need to bring pruners, floral snips, wire cutters, sharp knife, box for transporting, and a dish towel; all other supplies are provided. Prepayment due by October 11. MBG members $40/non-members $50.

Floral Design

Welcome visitors with a wreath for an exterior door using a grapevine wreath form, live sedum plant, and dried materials. Rick Pudwell, Director of Horticulture, leads this hands-on class that will focus on design principles, plant materials, supplies, and mechanics. Participants will take home a completed design. Students need to bring pruners, floral snips, wire cutters, sharp knife, box for transporting, and a dish towel; all other supplies are provided. Prepayment due by October 11. MBG members $40/non-members $50.

Pruning Club

Pruning Club will meet every other week to work with horticulture staff, aesthetically pruning trees and shrubs to maintain size and vigor. We will occasionally have speakers and demonstrations from MBG staff and local professionals regarding pruning. Participants need to bring their own pruning tools, including bypass pruners, hand saws, loppers, pole pruners, and be willing to walk to the worksite in varying weather conditions. Casual observers are welcome. Participation will count as volunteer hours.

Herbal Harvest Workshop

Join Sherri McCalla, Curator of the Botanic Garden’s Herb Garden, for this hands-on class where students will learn how to use the fall herb harvest. Students will learn about harvesting and drying plants, pastes, vinegars, salts, and sugars. They will leave with a jar of vinegar and lavender sugar with recipes and plant material to complete 2 more products at home. MBG members $5/non-members $10. Call  901-636-4128 for more information or to register. 

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Herbal Work Study: Bits-N-Pieces Part Dos

The first two hours will be spent weeding, grooming, thinning, planting, or whatever else needs doing in the Herb Garden. The last hour will be spent learning about herbs: various craft, food, drink, and herb lore.  I will have cold water and bug spray available, you bring your favorite hand tools for weeding and grooming (soil knives, Cape Cod weeders, old kitchen knives, trowels, pruners, gloves, etc.

Growers Choice Fall Plant Sale

Once a year, the Garden offers the best of our greenhouse and nursery selections for this one-day-only sale. Our horticulturists propagate some of the most interesting, hardiest, and unique items you’ll find anywhere, and they’re selected to thrive in our Mid-South climate. They will also help you decide which plants are best for your landscape. Fall is the best time for planting perennials, trees and shrubs, giving the root systems time to develop, producing stronger, more prolific blooms in the spring.

Herbal Work Study: Bits-N-Pieces Part One

The first two hours will be spent weeding, grooming, thinning, planting, or whatever else needs doing in the Herb Garden. The last hour will be spent learning about herbs: various craft, food, drink, and herb lore.  Instructor will have cold water and bug spray available, you bring your favorite hand tools for weeding and grooming (soil knives, Cape Cod weeders, old kitchen knives, trowels, pruners, gloves, etc. – no hoes or rakes needed).  Everyone will go home with a handout that includes tips and recipes shared in class. 

Urban Forestry Advisor's Class

Join the West Tennessee Chapter of the Urban Forestry Council (WTC/TUFC) and the Memphis Botanic Garden for this opportunity to learn about trees and issues facing the urban tree canopy. The class fee ($85) includes a handbook and dues for both the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council and local chapter. This course is designed for the general public, municipal employees, members of neighborhood associations, and garden clubs.

Agricenter Solar Tour

Ever wondered how solar panels work? Agricenter is offering a Solar Tour for the general public. Call Tim Roberts at 901-435-7109 to reserve your spot. If you have a group of 25 or more, call for special scheduling. Meet Tim at Arrowhead Nursery at 7466 Smythe Farm Rd.

Team Up to Clean Up - Clean Memphis

It's back to school time and Shelby County Schools need our help to clean up around neighborhood elementary schools.

  • Thursday, August 4: 9:00am - 1:00pm
  • Friday, August 5: 9:00am - 1:00pm
  • Saturday, August 6: 9:00am - 1:00pm

All tools, bags, and gloves will be provided. School locations will be assigned based upon coverage needs. All children under the ages of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Drink a Beer, Save a River

Join the Wolf River Conservancy for their monthly happy hour every second Tuesday of the month in partnership with Ghost River Brewing. Hammer & Ale will be hosting the August event, from 5-8 pm. 921 S. Cooper Street, Memphis, TN. Drink A Beer. Save A River. It's that simple! More information available on the Wolf River Conservancy's website.

Citizen Science Workshop: Monarch Monitoring Project - Memphis Botanic Garden

Monarch butterflies are in decline, and they need your help. Public participation in science helps answer big questions, like what is happening to the monarchs. You can help researchers learn more about this incredible insect by participating in the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project. At this training, you will learn how to participate, about monarch biology and ecology, and how you can help with monarch conservation efforts.

Floral Design - Memphis Botanic Garden

Invoke memories of summers past by creating a unique floral arrangement with sunflowers and garden produce as focal points. Rick Pudwell, Director of Horticulture, leads this hands-on class that will focus on design principles, plant materials, supplies, and mechanics. Participants will take home a completed design. Students need to bring pruners, floral snips, wire cutters, a sharp knife, box for transporting, and a dish towel; all other supplies are provided.

Pruning Club - Memphis Botanic Garden

Pruning Club will meet every other week to work with horticulture staff, aesthetically pruning trees and shrubs to maintain size and vigor. We will occasionally have speakers and demonstrations from MBG staff and local professionals regarding pruning. Participants need to bring their own pruning tools, including bypass pruners, hand saws, loppers, pole pruners, and be willing to walk to the worksite in varying weather conditions. Casual observers are welcome. Participation will count as volunteer hours.

Sierra Club Chickasaw Group - Meeting with María Muñoz-Blanco, new Parks Director

On July 21, The Sierra Club Chickasaw Group is honored to feature María Muñoz-Blanco, Memphis’ new Director of the Parks & Neighborhoods Division as our speaker.  Ms. Muñoz-Blanco, rather than bringing a fancy presentation with lots of bells and whistles, is coming to listen to parks and recreation advocates and stakeholders about their thoughts and dreams for the Memphis Parks System.

Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 5:45 PM (Meet & Greet at 5:30pm)
Memphis Benjamin Hooks Main Library,
3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis

See Facebook event for any updates:

Fairgrounds Walking Tour

Shelby County Historian Jimmy Ogle will speak on natural and cultural history of the Fairgrounds and future plans.  Tour presented by Coliseum Coalition and partners as part of the Roundhouse Revival Film Series (film screening, food trucks, and vendors); free admission. Please click here for more information on this event.

Agricenter Solar Tour

Ever wondered how solar panels work? Agricenter is offering a Solar Tour for the general public. Call Tim Roberts at 901-435-7109 to reserve your spot. If you have a group of 25 or more, call for special scheduling. Meet Tim at Arrowhead Nursery at 7466 Smythe Farm Rd.

Bats of the Mid-South at the Memphis Botanic Garden

Come learn about the many fascinating and important insect-eating bats which live in our area, how best to attract them, and why they need our help. Presented by the Wolf River Conservancy and Memphis Botanic Garden. $4 admission benefits environmental education programming of both organizations. Visit the Memphis Botanic Garden website for more information. 

6:30-8:00pm

750 Cherry Road, Memphis, TN 38117

Wolf River Stream Stroll

Join the Wolf River Conservancy at the Bateman Bridge for wading and searching for small aquatic creatures - a perfect activity on a hot summer day for families and anyone interested in nature, and a great introduction to the beauty and biodiversity of the Wolf River ecosystem.

10:00am - Noon

More information available here

The Future of Environmental and Sustainability Professions

International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) TN-MS-AR Chapter

Professor Dodd Galbreath from Lipscomb University will share some the most important lessons learned from recent discussions held on April 13 at the Lipscomb Sustainability Summit with highly respected developers, designers, corporate and environmental management executives, consulting scientist, engineers, and non-profit leaders.

June 20, 2016

11:30am - 1:00pm

Agricenter Board Room

7777 Walnut Grove Road

Overton Park Old Forest Nature Hike

Old Forest Nature Hike
 
Second Saturday and last Sunday of every month
10:00 am - 11:30 am
 
Location: Overton Park
 
Citizens to Preserve Overton Park offers a free nature hike through the Old Forest State Natural Area on the second Saturday and last Sunday of every month.  Walks happen rain or shine, and kids are always welcome.
 

Overton Park Old Forest Nature Hike

Old Forest Nature Hike
 
Second Saturday and last Sunday of every month
10:00 am - 11:30 am
 
Location: Overton Park
 
Citizens to Preserve Overton Park offers a free nature hike through the Old Forest State Natural Area on the second Saturday and last Sunday of every month.  Walks happen rain or shine, and kids are always welcome.
 

A Day of Merrymaking at Overton Park

A Day of Merrymaking at Overton Park
 
Location: Overton Park Greensward
1980 Poplar Ave. - Memphis
 
Date/Time
Date(s) - 06/04/2016
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
 
A Day of Merrymaking is a free festival for families–kids and dogs more than welcome!–that welcomes summer on the Overton Park Greensward.  There will be a hot air balloon, live music, food trucks, local craft vendors, performances, and much more.  

Cycle the Greenway

Date: Saturday June 4, 2016
Event Start/Finish: 7600 Wolf River Blvd., Germantown, TN 38138
Event Timeline: 
6:30 AM - Check-In and Walk-Up Registration Begins
7:15 AM - Welcome and Fundraising Awards Presentation
7:30 AM - Ride Begins for all Race Lengths
10:00 AM - Refreshments Served
 
Registration required
$40 - Early Registration (before Wednesday May 18th)
$45 - Registration (after Wednesday May 18th)

Agricenter Solar Tour

Ever wondered how solar panels work? Agricenter is offering a Solar Tour for the general public on June 21, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. Call Tim Roberts at 901-435-7109 to reserve your spot. Or if you have a group of 25 or more, call for special scheduling. Meet Tim at Arrowhead Nursery at 7466 Smythe Farm Rd., Memphis, TN  38120.

Clean Memphis Spring Clean-Up Day

Saturday, June 04, 2016
Time : 9:00am - Noon
Location : Holy Trinity Episcopal Church 3745 Kimball Avenue
 
The Connection Shalom Zone in partnership with Clean Memphis want to clean up our neighborhood but we need your help! Please join us in June 4 from 9:00am to Noon at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Please bring your own work gloves. Other clean up materials provided.
 
At 11:30am, we celebrate with a community picnic at St. Matthews United Methodist Church. Hot dogs and drinks provided. Join the fun!

CNG Road Rally Media Stop

CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) Road Rally Media Stop

Memphis Light Gas and Water Division

South Service Center CNG Fueling Station

3071 South Center Road (off Brooks Road, east of S. Third Street)

Friday, June 3

3pm-4pm

MLGW is hosting one of the official media stops of the National CNG Road Rally - From Sea to Shining Sea. The event is a two-week road rally that stretches from Long Beach, CA to Washington, DC promoting CNG across the US through local and national community and media support. There are a total of 17 stops including 12 media stops.

June Green Drinks

The Memphis Green Drinks chapter will have its next gathering at Abe Goodman Golf Clubhouse at Overton Park (2080 Poplar Avenue) on June 21 (summer solstice) from 6:30pm onwards. Stacey Greenberg & Jessica Buttermore from the Citizens to Preserve Overton Park (CPOP) will be our guest speakers. Attendees will also have the opportunity to join the CPOP's Summer Solstice Nature Hike in the Old Forest at Overton Park . More info at http://www.greendrinks.org/tn/memphis.

Solar Watch: Transit of Mercury

Location:Greenline Gardens (6489 Mullins Station Road, Memphis, TN, 38134)
 
Description:
Join Shelby Farms Park + the Memphis Astronomical Society in observing this rare solar event as Mercury passes in front of the sun. The Memphis Astronomical Society will bring set-up their telescopes for those with a curiosity that is out of this world. 
 
Cost | Free

Ghost River Eco Tour

GHOST RIVER ECO TOUR
 
Sunday Afternoon Paddle on the Ghost Section of the Wolf River with Wolf River Conservancy
 
Includes Canoe Rental, Gourmet Dinner, Wine and Ghost River Beer
 
No Membership Required
 
Please Plan for All Day; Ending Times Posted are Approximate (1:00 PM to 7:30 PM)

Stormwater Master Plan for Southland Basin Community Meeting

City of Memphis Division of Engineering
Stormwater Master Plan for Southland Basin
Neighborhood Meeting
 
The purpose of the Master Plan is to identify potential solutions for flooding and drainage issues
 
Meeting Goals
*Provide information about the project
*Gather input about drainage and flooding problems you experience
 
Meeting Time
Thursday, April 28, 2016
6:00 -8:00 pm

A Celebration of “Forgotten Objects: Recycled Design”

Event:
A Celebration of “Forgotten Objects : Recycled Design”
Where: Bobby Lanier Farm Park, 7901 Poplar Pike, Germantown
When: Monday, April 25th
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Free and Open to the Public
 
Community Engagement Partners:
Farmington Elementary School, Germantown (students, parents, teachers, and administrators)
Clean Memphis
Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability
Department of Architecture (all students, faculty, and staff)
 

Free Shelby County Shred-It Day

The Shelby County Federal Credit Union is hosting a free Shred-It Day that offers all residents and workers of Shelby County an opportunity to dispose of old confidential paper documents safely and responsibly.  The event will take place Saturday, April 2 from 9 am –12 pm at 1160 Sycamore View.  A Shred-It Truck will be stationed at the event.
 

Zero Landfill Project

ZERO LANDFILL MEMPHIS 2016
The 2016 Zero Landfill event for Memphis TN will be April 8/9 & 15/16 this year.
 
April 8TH and 15TH (both Fridays) will be our drop off days and go from 4pm to 7pm.
 
The pick-up days will be on April 9TH and 16TH (both Saturdays) from 10am to 2pm. (Note: if you sign up to volunteer on Saturdays, please plan to be there 9:30 before it's open to the public.)
 

Wolf River Watershed Expo Family Day

Come explore a unique section of the Wolf River and its floodplain habitats at the Wolf River Watershed Expo Family Day.  There will be a number of family-friendly activities including a chance to paddle on a pond, hike down to the river, look for aquatic life in the wetlands, and more...in addition to learning about the Wolf River watershed and about local water quality issues. Please check back soon for more details!

St. Georges Independent School, 1880 Wolf River Blvd., Collierville, TN

Memphis City Beautiful’s Waste in Place Contest and Eco Show

Memphis City Beautiful’s Waste in Place Contest and Eco Show

Deadline for Entry:  May 9th

Open to any student grades K-12.

Creativity contest that encourages students to get let their imagination run wild with words, song, sculptures or pictures to show how much they care about their environment.  Winners will receive recognition and an invitation to the Eco Show featuring Jabberblabber, Johnny Magic & Quick Draw.

26th Annual Beautify Your School

26th Annual Beautify Your School
Sponsored by NewsChannel 3, Landers Ford and Memphis City Beautiful

Deadline for Entry:  May 16th

Open to all schools grades K-12.

Grounds beautification competition that challenges schools to improve their surroundings by first cleaning up then beautifying with anything from plantings to murals or garden art.  The “Go Green” category allows schools to showcase projects related to the environment – recycling, clean ups, farm to table gardens, etc.  Cash prizes and trophies are awarded.

The Naturalists Know

The Naturalists Know

Memphis Botanic Garden
 
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. 
 
Visit with Tennessee Naturalists stationed throughout the Garden to learn about trees, birds, butterflies, and more! Free to members or with paid Garden admission, no reservations necessary. Call 901-636-4119 for more information.

Signs of Spring Walk

Signs of Spring Walk

Memphis Botanic Garden
 
1:30 p.m. 
 
Participants will meet in the visitor’s Center and then walk the beautiful grounds of the Botanic Garden with Master Gardener, Judith Hammond. Free to members or with paid Garden admission. No reservations needed. Walk will be cancelled in case of rain. Additional dates: May 15.

Brown Bag: Low Maintenance Fruits and Berries for the Homeowner

Brown Bag: Low Maintenance Fruits and Berries for the Homeowner 

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. 
 
Memphis Botanic Garden
 
Join Bill Colvard for this crash course on growing fruits and berries in the home landscape. The talk will focus on cultivation, including selection of plants, with minimal use of chemicals. Bring a sack lunch or order a box lunch from Fratelli’s Café at the Garden. Free to members or with paid Garden admission. Registration not necessary. Call 636-41oo for more information. 

Memphis Botanic Garden Tram Tours

Garden Tram Tours 

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Presented by International Paper as part of Earth Month at the Garden. Every Friday in April, our knowledgeable guide will be available for short tram tours, with environmental tips and other fun facts about the Garden. The tram will leave the tram bed approximately every 20 minutes. Free to members or with paid Garden admission.  No reservations required.

V&E Artwalk

V&E Artwalk

Saturday April 23, 2016

 

The fifth annual V&E Artwalk will feature 70 artists from the Greater Memphis area selling their crafts. It will also include a silent auction, large children’s area, local musicians, exciting food options, craft beer, wine and soft drinks.  The Artwalk is sponsored by Midtown’s V&E Greenline and will take place Saturday April 23, 2016 from 11:00 to 6:00 at 1625 Tutwiler Ave on the V&E Greenline. For further information, see VEGreenline.org

Shelby Farms Earth Day 5K

Earth Day 5K
04/17/2016, 2:00 PM TO 4:00 PM
 
Contact: Natalie Wilson nwilson@shelbyfarmspark.org 901.222.7267
 
Description:
Celebrate going green at the fourth annual Earth Day 5K! After the race, runners are invited to participate in a tree planting at Shelby Farms Park or to take one of the saplings home to green up their community. 
 
Pre-registration (online only): $25 | Race Day Registration: $30
 

11th Annual Gerard A. Vanderhaar Symposium featuring Chad Pregracke

Hear Chad Pregracke, founder and president of Living Lands & Waters and 2013 CNN Hero of the Year, speak at the 11th Annual Gerard A. Vanderhaar Symposium at Christian Brothers University. "From the Bottom Up" is the story of Chad's mission to clean America's rivers. 

April 21 at 7:00PM

University Theater, CBU Campus, 650 East Parkway South, Memphis

Memphis Blight Elimination Summit

Please plan to attend the Memphis Blight Elimination Summit on March 17th from Noon to 4:30 p.m. We plan to gather at the University of Memphis Law School to celebrate the release of the Memphis Blight Elimination Charter and Action Plan, and to highlight the many cutting edge programs and projects underway in Memphis.  For the first time, Memphis and Shelby County’s civic, government, and grassroots leaders will unite in a  coordinated campaign to clean up the blighted properties that diminish the quality of life in all of our neighborhoods. 

Master Gardeners Spring Fling

Master Gardeners Spring Fling at the Agricenter. 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Free garden expo sponsored by Memphis Area Master Gardeners, featuring lectures, demos, children's activities, plant and garden vendors. For more information, visit memphisareamastergardeners.org/sfling.htm or call 901-752-1207.

Master Gardeners Spring Fling

Master Gardeners Spring Fling at the Agricenter. 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Free garden expo sponsored by Memphis Area Master Gardeners, featuring lectures, demos, children's activities, plant and garden vendors. For more information, visit memphisareamastergardeners.org/sfling.htm or call 901-752-1207.

Tree Planting (WRC & SFPC)

Join the Wolf River Conservancy's biggest volunteer event of the year, sponsored by International Paper and FedEx. The 11th Annual Tree Planting promises to be a fun-filled event for all ages! This year we will be planting native Eastern Redbud trees and milkweed plants in an effort to establish a butterfly garden along Walnut Grove Road in Shelby Farms Park.

Saturday, March 12th

Shelby Farms Park, Gate 11

We Sustain Shelby

Sign Up Here:

https://wesustainshelby.com/

What does it take to create and maintain a sustainable community? What does it really mean to "go green"? The Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability is dedicated to making it easy for you to actively participate in efforts to make Memphis and Shelby County cleaner, greener, and more efficient. 

Love Blooms at the Garden! (Fundraiser)

Love Blooms at the Garden! During the fall and winter months, Memphis Botanic Garden staff are planting more than 30,000 bulbs in preparation for our spectacular spring flower display. You can support this labor of love with a donation in honor of your Valentine, and we’ll mail your special someone a unique card to let them know they make your heart bloom! $20 sends 1 Valentine card/$50 sends 3 Valentines/$100 sends 8 Valentines.

Brown Bag: Holistic Gardening

February 2. Brown Bag: Holistic Gardening. 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Memphis Botanic Garden horticulturist David Vaughn will discuss ways to incorporate fruit and vegetable production into the home landscape. Some of the topics presented will include permaculture, swales, and cold frames. Bring a sack lunch or order a box lunch from Fratelli’s Café at the Garden. Free to members or with paid Garden admission. Call 636-4100 for more information or to register.

Garden Design

February 11, 18, and 25. DIY Garden Design. 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Join Memphis Botanic Garden’s horticulture staff members Chris Cosby and Nick Esthus to learn the basics of garden design. This three-session course will cover the principles and elements of design, plant selection, site analysis, and drawing a plan to scale. Students will come away with a plan for their personal garden. MBG members $125/non-members $150.

Prepayment due by February 4. Call 636-4128 for more information or to register.

Signs of Spring Walk

Signs of Spring Walk. 1:30 p.m. Participants will meet in the Memphis Botanic Garden visitor’s Center and then walk the beautiful grounds of the Botanic Garden with Master Gardener, Judith Hammond. Free to members or with paid Garden admission. No reservations needed. Walk will be cancelled in case of rain.

February 21, March 13, April 10, May 15.

Signs of Spring Walk

Signs of Spring Walk. 1:30 p.m. Participants will meet in the Memphis Botanic Garden visitor’s Center and then walk the beautiful grounds of the Botanic Garden with Master Gardener, Judith Hammond. Free to members or with paid Garden admission. No reservations needed. Walk will be cancelled in case of rain.

February 21, March 13, April 10, May 15.

Signs of Spring Walk

Signs of Spring Walk. 1:30 p.m. Participants will meet in the Memphis Botanic Garden visitor’s Center and then walk the beautiful grounds of the Botanic Garden with Master Gardener, Judith Hammond. Free to members or with paid Garden admission. No reservations needed. Walk will be cancelled in case of rain.

February 21, March 13, April 10, May 15.

Signs of Spring Walk

Signs of Spring Walk. 1:30 p.m. Participants will meet in the Memphis Botanic Garden visitor’s Center and then walk the beautiful grounds of the Botanic Garden with Master Gardener, Judith Hammond. Free to members or with paid Garden admission. No reservations needed. Walk will be cancelled in case of rain.

February 21, March 13, April 10, May 15.

Public Input Forum- Transportation Needs of Memphis & the Region

Event hosted by Sierra Club of Memphis:

Come and give your input on the transportation needs of Memphis & the Memphis area- transit, bike lanes, improved sidewalks. There will be a mix of activities- brief presentation, discussions in small break-out groups, summary in front of all attendees, and a paper survey for all to fill out. Your input will go straight to the Memphis Mayor and City Council, and also to the Memphis MPO (Metropolitan Planning Org). 

 January 21, 5:30-7:30pm

 Benjamin Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar

Sustainable Landscape Design - workshop

RSVP by calling the Germantown Parks office:  901-757-7375

$40, a two-session workshop.  Jan 30 & Feb 6 from 9-12.  Includes breakfast. 

Pickering Center, 7771 Poplar Pike. 

Open to the public, you do not have to be a Germantown Resident. 

“The purpose is to introduce homeowners or people interested in home landscape to some alternative methods of design and maintenance for home gardens and landscaping,” Pam Beasley, director of Germantown Parks and Recreation Department, said.

Fairgrounds Walking Tour with Jimmy Ogle

Join Shelby County Historian and tour guide extraordinaire Jimmy Ogle on a walking and talking tour of the Mid-South Fairgrounds. Jimmy will speak on the natural, cultural, architectural and entertainment history of the Mid-South Fairgrounds and also about its present and future.
Meet at the west entrance to the Coliseum. The tour will begin and end at the Coliseum. And don't forget to dress warmly.

The tour is presented by the Coliseum Coalition, Friends of the Fairgrounds, the Orange Mound Parade and Action Committee, and Livable Memphis.  

Memphis Green Drinks

Memphis Green Drinks - (January 19th, 6:30pm- Bar DKDC, 964 Cooper St). The guest speaker will be Steven Sondheim of the Sierra Club who was a delegate at the recent UN COP21 Climate Change conference in Paris. Steven and will share his thoughts on how Green Drinks can support the historic climate change agreement, right here in the Mid-South. Please check http://www.greendrinks.org/tn/memphis for any updates.
 

Soulsville Charrette

The charrette will be held at the Stax Music Academy on Monday, January 11th, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm. 

All are encouraged to attend! 

The purpose of the upcoming charrette is to meet community stakeholders, food vendors who want to expand their business, mobile food truck vendors interested in transitioning from mobile vendor to a physical location, artists/musicians who work in the art/music industry that might be interested in artist studio spaces or a co-work space. 

Seed Starting for the Edible Garden

January 5. Brown Bag: Seed Starting for the Edible Garden. 12:00-1:00 p.m. Join Memphis Botanic Garden’s Senior Manager of Gardens Chris Cosby for this crash course on seed starting. Chris will cover the basics of starting seeds with a focus on timing as a biological control, cool season greens, and succession planting. Bring a sack lunch or order a box lunch from Fratelli’s Café at the Garden. Free with Garden admission. Call 636-4100 for more information. Registration not necessary.

Christmas Tree Recycling

Christmas Tree Recycling – Take your Christmas tree, wreaths, garlands & greenery to the Christmas tree recycling center located in the south parking lot of the Shelby County Showplace Arena (105 Germantown Rd). Last year 40+ tons of Christmas greenery were collected and turned into mulch. Mulch will be available to the public in the spring.

Municipal Stormwater Conference (Nashville)

The EPA Region 4 and the Southeast Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) are hosting their third annual Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference. Presentations will inform and educate MS4 operators, consultants, contractors and others practicing in the discipline of stormwater management, stormwater quality and erosion and sediment control.

http://www.ieca.org/conference/callpresentations/chaptercfpsubmittal.asp
 

Wolf River Greenway (public meeting)

JOIN WRC TO DISCUSS:
THE PROPOSED ROUTE OF THE WOLF
RIVER GREENWAY THROUGH THE
LUCIUS BURCH STATE NATURAL AREA
The purpose of this meeting is to offer an
opportunity for the public to learn about
how the Wolf River Greenway will travel
through Lucius Burch State Natural Area in
Shelby Farms Park, and for project planners
to hear from the public about their thoughts,
concerns, and ideas. The meeting begins at 5
PM. A formal presentation will take place at

Stormwater Public Meeting

Learn about rain gardens.  Rain Gardens beautiful your school, help the environment and are a valuable teaching tool for students of all ages!  Come to this meeting and see the curriculum that has been developed and let City Stormwater know if your school wants a rain garden. 

RSVP:  636-4349

Boxes dinners served. 

Free Mulch give-a-way

This event starts at sunrise and usually the mulch is gone within a few hours.  Bring your proof of residence.

In commemoration of America Recycles Day, the City of Memphis Division of Public Works – Bureau of Solid Waste Management will provide free mulch for Memphis residents.

Livability 2040 public meetings

You are invited to attend public meetings to review the Livability 2040 Regional Transportation Plan that will guide future transportation investments in our region's roads, buses, bicycle lanes, and sidewalks. 

Nov 16, 5:30-6:30pm. Bartlett City Hall, 6400 Stage Road, Bartlett, TN

Nov 17, 11:30am-12:30pm.  DeSoto County Administration Building, 365 Losher Street, Hernando, MS

Nov 17, 5:30-6:30pm.  Hickory Hill Community Center, 3910 Ridgeway Road, Memphis, TN

www.livability2040.com 

Resilient Shelby public meetings

Join Shelby County Government for an upcoming public hearing on the county's application to the National Disaster Resilience Competition - a $1 billion federal grant intended to prepare communities for future disasters and improve overall quality of life.

Three public hearings will be held in the month of October in order to present the draft application, activities, and designs for improving resilience in areas hard hit by severe storms and floods in April and May 2011. For more information, visit www.resilientshelby.com.

 

Memphis Botanic Garden Pop-Up Plant Sale

October 3. Memphis Botanic Garden Pop-Up Plant Sale. 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Presented by Wright Medical Technology, Inc. This year’s Fall Plant Sale will be a one-day-only event featuring an exclusive collection of plants cultivated in our very own greenhouse nursery. Garden staff and volunteers can guide you on selection and plant care tips. Fall-planted perennial plants, trees, and shrubs perform better during the following growing season than those planted in the spring, so take advantage of the autumn weather and get started on your own home oasis now!

Clean Air Event

On August 22, 2015 community members will gather at the University of Memphis’ University Center, for a lineup of speakers to discuss what air pollution and climate change mean for Memphians’ health, and how the EPA’s new Clean Power Plan (CPP) can help keep Tennessee families healthy and safe by reducing dangerous carbon pollution from power plants for the first time ever.

Nature Walk with the State Naturalist

At the Botanic Garden

September 12. Walk with the Incredible State Naturalist. 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. There is only one official State Naturalist in all of Tennessee…don’t miss this opportunity to walk through the Garden as he shares his stories and expertise. Randy Hedgepath brings a most-unique understanding of the natural

world to his audience.  Free with Garden admission. Call 901-636-4119 for more information.

Gardening 101

At the Botanic Garden

September 10, 17, 24, and October 1. Gardening 101. 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. From soil prep to pruning and everything in between, MBG horticulturists will teach you all you need to know for successful gardening! MBG members $75/ non-members $100. Class size limited, register early. Call 636-4128 for more information or to register. 

Johnson Park Guided Bird Walk

Johnson Park Guided
Bird Walk
Saturday, October 17
8-10am
WC Johnson Park Boardwalk
The Collierville Environmental Commission
is sponsoring a guided bird
walk on the boardwalk at Johnson
Park. Come and learn to identify some
of the 140+ species that have been
observed in this region. The walk will
be led by members of the Memphis
Chapter of the Ornithological Society.
All levels of birders are welcome; bring

Composting 101: Beginning Home Composting

**Date is now on the 17th***
 
Composting 101:
Beginning Home
Composting
Thursday, September 17
6-8pm
Collierville Burch Library
Ever toyed with the idea of turning
yard waste and food scraps into nutrient
rich soil? The Collierville Environmental
Commission and Collierville Engineering
Division are hosting this free
composting class. Master Gardner,
Carl Wayne Hardeman of Collierville’s
Victory Garden will show you how

Orange Mound Community Bycicle Ride

Revolutions will gather on Thursday, July 30 at the Revolutions Bike Gate (100 S. Cooper St), at 6:15 and roll out no later than 6:30. They'll meet up with neighbors and, after some introductions, ride around Orange Mound for an hour or so. Then head back to Revolutions. And please remember that helmets are required on all Revolutions sponsored rides.
 

Neighborhood Meeting: Stormwater Master Plan for Windermere Basin

Join the City of Memphis Division of Engineering for this public meeting.  
The purpose of the Master Plan is to identify potential solutions for flooding and drainage issues. 
 
 
Meeting Goals:
   Provide information about the project
   Gather input about drainage and flooding problems you experience
 
Options for Meeting Times
Thursday, July 30, 2015
6:00 -8:00 pm
or

McKellar Lake Clean up

Memphis River Warriors America Recycles Day Cleanup

Sponsored by Memphis City Beautiful and the University of Memphis

Saturday, November 14, 2015

10AM – Noon

Meet at McKellar Lake (corner of Jack Carley Causeway and West Trigg Ave) and tackle the trash on the banks.

Bioworks: Free environmental Job Training and placement assistance

Weekly Information Sessions
Every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.
 
Through the Memphis Clean and Green Job Training Program, FREE job training and placement assistance are available for eligible unemployed, under-employed or dislocated City of Memphis residents interested in the following occupations:
  • Environmental Technician
  • Emergency Response Technician
  • Energy Auditor
  • Abatement Specialist
  • Construction
 
Memphis Bioworks Foundation

Family fun hike (Shelby Farms)

Led by a Shelby Farms Park Interpretive Docent, these family fun hikes are great educational recreation for adults and children of all ages! Reservations are not required, but donations are appreciated.

Please remember your walking shoes, appropriate outdoor clothing, and water bottles! Due to the tripping hazard, please leave your pet at home.

Please meet at the Shelby Farms Park Visitor Center. 

National Trail Day of Service (Shelby Farms)

June 6, 2015 

National Trail Day of Service

8am - 10am

Shelby Farms Park, Memphis, TN 38134

Come help us take care of the park! We have 6.5 miles of urban trail, and we rely on thousands of volunteers each year to keep Shelby Farms Park + Shelby Farms Greenline clean, green and safe.

For more information or to submit a volunteer application, contact Irene Montanez, Volunteer Coordinator at imontanez@shelbyfarmspark.org or 901.222.7266.

May 28 – Bikes on Broad

May 28 – Bikes on Broad

The City of Memphis is participating in a national competition with other US cities to determine which city is the best for everyday bicycle riding. The measure of this quality is being determined using a little bit of whimsy – counting people doing everyday things on their bikes. The City has chosen to conduct the counts along Broad Avenue between Tillman Street and Hollywood Street where a newly paved section just received a two-way cycle track as part of the ongoing Hampline construction.

Women’s Bike Chat

May 17 – Women’s Bike Chat

Join Revolutions Bike Co-Op for a chat about bicycles with other women. They’ll be joined, this month, by Suzanne Carlson, Transportation and Mobility Project Manager of the Mayor’s Institute for Excellence in Government. Bring your bike so that, if the weather is nice, you can take a short ride, together. All Revolutions sponsored rides require helmets. www.revolutionsmemphis.com

Bike Month: Monthly Maintenance Clinics

May 6 – Outdoors Inc. Monthly Maintenance Clinic

Bring your bike to Outdoors, Inc. (833 N. Germantown Pkwy) from 6:00pm-7:00pm for a hands-on class teaching basic principles of bike maintenance including washing your bike, lubricating your chain, removing your wheels, changing flat tires, adjusting your brakes, and advanced shifting techniques. The clinic is free and open to the public. www.outdoorsinc.com

Bike The Planet Monthly Maintenance Clinic

May 2 – Bike The Planet Monthly Maintenance Clinic

Bring your bike to Bike The Planet (8500 Wolf Lake Drive, Suite 105, Bartlett, TN) from 4:00pm-5:30pm for a hands-on class teaching basic principles of bike maintenance including washing your bike, lubricating your chain, removing your wheels, changing flat tires, adjusting your brakes, and advanced shifting techniques. The clinic is free and open to the public.

Memphis Green Drinks

Memphis Green Drinks - (May 19, 6:30pm).  This month’s guest speaker will be Bobbi Wells from FedEx Express who will provide an update on their “Fuel Sense” program that saved 334 million gallons of jet fuel since 2007.

This month’s venue is Bar DKDC (964 S. COOPER).

Sustainable Schools

Join CleanMemphis at the Botanic Gardens @ 11:45 am for an event celebrating the Sustainable Schools who took the challenge this year during the pilot phase.  There will be displays on what each school did. 

If you're interested in your school getting involved this would be a great opportunity. 

 

Cycle the Greenway (Fundraiser)

Cycle the Greenway

Fundraiser for the Wolf River Greenway

The Memphis Orthopaedic Group proudly presents the 2015 Wolf River Conservancy's "Cycle the Greenway" on Saturday, June 6th. There will be three distances available of 27, 39 and 55-miles for all skill levels; including three SAG stops. 

 

Saturday June, 6th

7:30 AM - Ride Begins for All Distances

10:30 AM - Refreshments Provided

Stormwater Public Meeting

Join the City of Memphis Stormwater Department at Bass Pro for their semi-annual public meeting. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
 
Speakers:
Tasha King-Davis, P.E. City of Memphis
Dr. Dan Larsen, University of Memphis
Robert Todd, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

Stormwater hotline: 636-6721

Healthy in a Hurry: El Amigo Supermarket Launch Event

FREE.

Healthy in a Hurry: El Amigo Supermarket Launch Event

(1 pm - 3:30 pm) 

Health Innovation YMCA and the Memphis CDC REACH Team invite you to the neighborhood reintroduction launch event for their pilot healthy convenience store celebrating El Amigo Supermarket as it begins to offer healthier options. 

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015

Opening Remarks: 1:00 pm

Food Cooking Demonstrations: 1:30-3:30 pm

Place:

El Amigo Supermarket

987 Berclair Road

Memphis, TN 38122

GrowMemphis Annual Garden Party

You are invited to the GrowMemphis Annual Garden Party on Sunday, June 14th from 2pm - 6pm at High Cotton Brewing Co. Taproom.

Tickets are just 25$ for a fun family friendly afternoon featuring local garden grown food and drinks, live music, raffle, and silent auction.

Sponsorship opportunities available; to learn more about available sponsorships email carole@growmemphis.org

Buy tickets here:  http://growmemphis.org/ 

 

University of Memphis Earth Day

 University of Memphis Earth Day – (Apr 16, 10-2pm).  Join students at the Oasis Garden (east of the UC near Zack Curlin parking garage). 

April 16, Thursday, 10-2pm.  In the TIGUrS Urban Garden behind the Roane Fieldhouse

Variety of events like yoga and Zumba, bike safety, live music, and vendors! 

‘What’s In Your Water?’ Watershed Challenge

What's in Your Water? Healthy Watershed Challenge 

Power Center Academy and the Grizzlies Team Mentors with Clean Memphis

The event will be held March 28 from 9:45 until Noon at Habitat for Humanity on Winchester and Riverdale Bend.  Volunteers will be cleaning an around around Nonconnah Creek that has been plagues by litter.  Mayor Wharton will be joining the 8th grade boys from PCA in the call to action to create a clean and healthy Nonconnah Watershed.

Architecture Lecture: No Place Like Utopia

William R. Eubanks Distinguished Lecture Series

 

No Place Like Utopia

Katherine Lambert, Principal at MAP Architects, San Francisco CA

 

When and Where:

Thursday, 2 April (event opens at 6:00pm with lecture from 6:30-7:30pm, reception following lecture)

Fogelman Executive Center, Room 123, University of Memphis (parking available in adjacent parking garage)

The lecture is free and open to the public.

 

Bio:

Reading Flash Mob @ Overton Park

Join Literacy Mid-South in Overton Park on Saturday, March 21 for their second annual Reading Flash Mob.  Bring the family, a book, and snacks and join other readers on the lawn from 11am-1pm.  This event is free and open to the public.  Bring a blanket, some lunch, and a great book and help us cover the park with readers.  Literacy Mid-South will also have free books on hand to give away to kids!

Rain date is March 27th from 10:00am-1:00pm

Memphis Botanic Garden - Earth Month

April 1-30. Earth Month at the Garden! Presented by International Paper. In the spirit of Earth Day’s “Think Globally, Act Locally” motto, the Garden is celebrating throughout the month, with activities to engage and educate, eco-friendly family fun, green-themed special events, and more! Take a Conservation Hike to learn simple ways you can green-ify your lifestyle. Pick up natural tips for your home at our Environmental Playhouse. Take a Tree Tag Trek to see how the Mid-South’s beautiful trees bring real monetary value to our community.

Tennessee Naturalist Walk @ MBG

April 26.

Tennessee Naturalist Walk.

2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Presented by International Paper as part of Earth Month at the Garden. As you walk through the Garden, watch for TN Naturalist stations to learn fun facts and tidbits about local flora and fauna, including some you may find in your own backyard. Free with Garden Admission; no reservations necessary. For more information, call 901-636-4119.

Signs of Spring Walk @ MBG

April 12. Signs of Spring Walk.

1:30 p.m.

Participants will meet in the Botanic Garden visitor’s Center and then walk the beautiful grounds of the Botanic Garden with Master Gardener, Judith Hammond. Free with Garden admission. No reservations needed. Walk will be cancelled in case of rain.

Garden Tram Tours

April 3, 10, 17, 24.

Garden Tram Tours at the Botanic Garden

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Presented by International Paper as part of Earth Month at the Garden. Every Friday in April, MBG's knowledgeable guide will be available for short tram tours, with environmental tips and other fun facts about the Garden. Free to members or with paid Garden admission.  No reservations required.

TDEC Sustainable Transportation Awards & Forum

Registration

May 7, 2015

Memphis Central Station, 545 South Main Street

Agenda

9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.                                     Registration and Refreshments

9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.                                   Welcome, Introductions, and Opening Comments- Exercise to develop a shared vision of Sustainable Transportation

Flower Show & Project Green Fork

Zone IX Flower Show & Project Green Fork – (Apr 15, 2-5pm).

April 15 from 2-5 at the Memphis Botanic Garden the Zone IX (covering parts of TX, LA, AR, MS, and TN) Flower Show hosted by The Memphis Garden Club and The Little Garden Club will display divisions in Floral Design, Horticulture, Photography, and Botanical Arts, as well as a conservation exhibit showcasing Project Green Fork as a model for other communities in restaurant sustainability. 

This event will strive to be zero-waste.  

V&E Artwalk

The fourth annual V&E Artwalk will feature over 60 artists from the Greater Memphis area selling their crafts. It will also include a silent auction, large children’s area, local music, exciting food options, craft beer and drinks.  The Artwalk is sponsored by Midtown’s V&E Greenline and will take place Saturday April 25 from 11:00 to 6:00 at 1625 Tutwiler Ave on the V&E Greenline.

For further V&E Artwalk information:

VEGreenline.org 

Eco EGGstravaganza at Shelby Farms

Eco EGGstravaganza presented by FedEx

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Saturday, April 4, 2015 | 10am-4pm

Celebrate Spring and all things green at this egg-cellent event for the entire family! 

The Eco Eggstravaganza features:  

LIVE MUSIC |  JUNIOR FISHING RODEO | ECO EGG HUNTS | ECO CRAFTS 

ENVIRONMENTAL EXHIBITS | GREEN SPEAKERS CIRCLE | FOOD TRUCKS 

GO APE TREETOP ADVENTURE (NOT INCLUDED WITH ADMISSION) | AND MORE!

 

Electronics recycling at Collierville High School

Electronic Recycling– (Mar 28, 1-5pm).  FREE event.  Take your e-waste to Collierville High School (1101 New Byhalia Road) for responsible recycling.  Sponsored by Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability, Collierville Environmental Commission, Collierville Public Works, and CHS Environmental Club.  Businesses and individuals welcomed, no limits.

List of acceptable items:

Basic Landscape Design class

March 6, 13, 20, and 27. Basic Landscape Design.10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Join the Memphis Botanic Garden horticulture staff for this 4-session class that will cover the  principles and elements of design, plant selection, installation, and maintenance. There will be homework required, and students will leave with a basic plan for their garden area. MBG members $100/non-members $125. Ask about our household rate. Prepayment due by March 2. Class size limited, register early. Call 636-4128 for more information or to register.

Master Gardeners Spring Fling - Agricenter

March 20 & 21. Master Gardeners Spring Fling at the Agricenter. 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Free garden expo sponsored by Memphis Area Master Gardeners, featuring lectures, demos, children's activities, plant and garden vendors. Visit Memphis Botanic Garden’s booth and shop from a selection of plants & garden items, ask our staff your gardening questions, and pick up information about upcoming Garden events, classes, and programs.

Arbor Day at Memphis Botanic Garden

March 6. Arbor Day. 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Memphis Botanic Garden is a certified Level 4 Arboretum and designated Center of Excellence by the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council. Stop in and pick up a tree map, highlighting the more than 130 types of trees throughout the Garden’s 96 acres. Try Tree Trivia and learn more about trees and the ways you can protect and preserve them at our Arbor Day information table. Free to members or with paid Garden admission.

TO Fuller clean up

TO Fuller and Clean Memphis join for a volunteer day.  Sat, Feb 14 @ 9am.  Meet at the Park's Visitor's Center to pick up liter.  

Water and supplies provided.  

1500 West Mitchell Road 

Memphis 38109

 

Green Matters for Shelby County Women: Household Hazardous Waste Facility Tour

Ladies,

Join us for the open group “Green Matters for Shelby County Women.”  We will have a brown bag lunch then a tour of the Household Hazardous Waste Facility on February 25, 2015  (12:00 - 1:00pm).   

 

We will meet at the Road Department at 6449 Haley Road to hear from Lisa Williams about their operation.  We will then cross the street to see the facility.  Closed toed shoes only, no heels.  Meet at the middle building, parking is in the rear. 

 

*Bring your own lunch, no RSVP needed*

Backyard chicken lecture

Join Bobby Lanier Farm Park staff and learn how to set up your own back yard chicken coop, select the right kind of chickens, and care for chickens from hatching to maturity. Learn how raising chickens can be a fun activity for the whole family. Local ordinances and guidelines will be discussed.
Free, pre-registration is required
Location: Pickering Center, 7771 Poplar Pike
Saturday, February 28, 10 to 11 a.m.
Call 757-7378 to register.

ZeroLandfill event

Upcycling program designed to reduced waste going to the landfill. The Architectural & Interior Design community will collect expired samples from their libraries and drop them off at the collection area for sorting and redistribution to the local community.  

Would you like to volunteer and get first dibs? 

Contact Betsy Pollard at bpollard@arc-com.com

Open to the Public  Sat. April 18 & 25  from 10am-2pm. 

Invasive Plant Workshop

Memphis Botanic Garden.

February 7. Invasive Plant Workshop. 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council hosts this workshop that covers identification, reporting, mapping, control methods, and native plant alternatives. Cost includes refreshments, resources, and a membership to the TN-EPPC. Bring a brown bag lunch or order a box lunch from Fratelli’s Café at the Garden. MBG members $15/non-members $20. Call 901-636-4119 to register. Visit www.tneppc.org for more information.

Brown Bag: Chickens in your Backyard

Memphis Botanic Garden

February 4. Brown Bag: Chickens in your Backyard. Join Rick Pudwell for this discussion on raising chickens for eggs, meat, or companionship. Chickens are allowed in most cities, with some stipulations. Rick will address housing, feed, troubleshooting, and the day-to-day care needed to keep a small flock healthy. Bring a sack lunch or order a box lunch from Fratelli’s Café at the Garden. Free to members or with paid Garden admission. Call 636-4100 for more information. 

McKellar Lake Clean Up

Living Lands & Waters is hosting Alternative Spring Break in Memphis for the last time this year. All 3 weeks of the Alternative Spring Break program have filled up!  During these 3 weeks, college students from across the country will be joining them in removing 100,000 pounds of debris from the Mississippi River.

 

Tennessee Naturalist Program

January 26 – March 30. Tennessee Naturalist Program. Mondays at Memphis Botanic Garden, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Class begins at 9:00 a.m. the first week, and there will be one evening and one weekend session, dates TBD. The TN Naturalist Program is a corps of volunteers providing education, outreach, and service, dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities.

Final Greenprint Release Celebration

The Memphis and Shelby County Office of Sustainability and the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle invite you to celebrate the release of the final plan on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 5:30 PM at Memphis Botanic Gardens located at 750 Cherry Road, Memphis, TN. 

Greenprint 2015/2014

This event marks the conclusion of over two years of planning by over 80 entities, including cities, counties and organizations in the tri-state region and the beginning of implementation of the Greenprint 2015/2040 plan. 

 

Adult Greenline Garden Workshops

Shelby Farms Park Conservancy + Memphis Area Master Gardeners are teaming up for a series of workshops in the Greenline Gardens. The workshops will bring Park users of all ages together to learn more about the environment and to have a lot of fun! Participants will learn new skills and will be introduced to the natural resources found at Shelby Farms Par

Christmas Tree recycling for City of Memphis curbside pickup

The City of Memphis Solid Waste Management Department will provide curbside pickup of live Christmas trees beginning Monday, January 5, 2015. Residents are instructed to place their Christmas trees, minus stands, lights, ornaments and tinsel, at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on the fifth for pickup throughout the week and weeks following. All collected trees will be recycled into mulch and compost.

Apply for new Community Gardens

http://growmemphis.org/gardens/start-a-garden/

Every year GrowMemphis provides start-up funding and training to neighborhood residents who wish to create and sustain gardens. These gardens eliminate blighted property, produce fresh healthy food, and provide opportunities for community building. Each garden is as unique as the neighborhood in which it is found. GrowMemphis’ goal is to help new gardeners identify their most important needs and to provide the training and resources to help gardeners realize their vision.

Shelby Farms PARC Volunteer Orientation

Shelby Farms PARC Volunteer Orientation - (Jan 17 & March 21).  The volunteer PARC serves as a visible presence in Shelby Farms Park and along park trails to enhance the experience of the Park. these dedicated volunteers walk or ride the trails, answering questions and contacting Park Rangers when necessary. For more information, please visit: http://www.shelbyfarmspark.org/default.aspx?p=100471&evtid=276464:1/17/2015

 

 

Low Impact Development webinar

$15  

Want to learn how low impact development (LID) and green infrastructure can support sustainable communities while at the same time increase the value of your development?
 

  • Innovative ways to finance LID and green infrastructure
  • Challenge the perceived "high cost" of LID and green infrastructure
  • Identifying the many applications of LID and green infrastructure projects 
  • Successful examples of LID and green infrastructure projects that meet the needs of community and can help your triple bottom line

Bike Rodeo

Revolutions. 

  • Dec 11 (Thur), Dec 15 (Mon.): Bike Rodeos (3 to 6 p.m.)
    • These are at Revolutions from 4 to 5:30. Volunteers should plan to arrive at 3:00 and stay until 6:00. The work will involve moving bikes, changing fit of handlebars/seats, staffing bike rodeo and clean-up, distributing helmets. Sign up for this, here.

Christmas Tree Recycling

Christmas Tree Recycling – (Dec 23-Jan 10) Take your Christmas tree, wreaths, garlands & greenery to the Christmas tree recycling center located in the south parking lot of the Shelby County Showplace Arena (105 Germantown Rd). Last year 40+ tons of Christmas greenery were collected and turned into mulch. Mulch will be available to the public in the spring.  

 

Memphis City Beautiful Community Grant Applications

Memphis City Beautiful Community Grant Applications are available online starting December 1, deadline for proposals is January 31. Small grants are available to support community initiatives  that relate to litter prevention, waste reduction/recycling and beautification.  Memphis neighborhood associations registered with the Office of Community Affairs and community-based civic groups are encouraged to apply.

Eyeglasses recycling drive

Memphis City Beautiful will celebrate in America Recycles Day by hosting an eyeglasses recycling drive - on FRIDAY, NOV. 14.

CITY EMPLOYEES are encouraged to drop off used, broken or new eyeglasses or frames in the recycling bin placed in City Hall, across from the elevator on 1B.

THE PUBLIC can participate, too. There will be a recycling bin to collect donations at Memphis City Beautiful, on the front porch, at 664 Adams Avenue.

This is a one-day recycling drive. Please drop off all donations on FRIDAY, NOV. 14, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

T.O. Fuller State Park Camporee

T.O. Fuller State Park will host Camporee on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 4 p.m.

The event is geared toward families and camping clubs. Events will includea Birds of Prey program, campfire treats and a night hike. Camping overnight is not required, but is recommended. Regular camping rates apply, but events are free. All events will be led by park rangers.

All ages are welcome! Be sure to bring proper camping equipment such as a tent, flashlight, sleeping bag, warm clothing, etc. Meet the park staff in the campground area for a fun-filled evening of camping!

DeSoto County hazardous waste drop-off day

"On Oct. 25 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the southwest corner parking lot of the Landers Center at Venture Drive and Turman Drive in Southaven, the county will hold the Household Hazardous Waste Day and Waste Tire Recycle event, offering free, safe collection and proper disposal of toxic waste for residents dropping off the stuff."

"Not acceptable are explosive and radioactive materials, PCBs, medical waste, syringes, business and commercial waste and compressed cylinders.

Women's Bike Chat

Topic will be commuting. Let's have a show and tell with gear you find useful for commuting: racks, bags, shoes, whatever. And come with thoughts and questions like what if you don't have a shower at work? Or, do you commute all year or just in certain weather? And what about riding buddies, are you interested in finding one?

Join them at 2:00 p.m. in the Bike Shop. Enter through the Bike Gate and the Meditation Garden. And bring you bike, because if the weather is fine, they'll take a short ride, afterwards.

Revolutions Memphis

MEMFix: Edge District

MEMFix: Edge District, at the intersection of Marshall and Monroe, will have a great, family-friendly lineup of vendors, pop-up shops, live bands and artists on two stages, food trucks, and all around fun – and there’s no charge to get in. Come check out the great businesses in the Edge, a pop-up planning office with tours for youth, new murals, street fixes, and new plaza spaces. The day runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Revolutions' Women's Bike Chat

Women’s Bike Chat — On the 3rd Sunday of the month, women/womyn/ladies/gals/etc are gathering in the Shop area to discuss a variety of bicycle issues. Topics will be posted on the calendar. And you can also join our Women’s Bike Chat newsletter by signing up for the Revolutions newsletter and choosing that you are interested in Women’s Bike Chat updates. You can also find us on Facebook.

Memphis Green Drinks chapter (Kickoff Event)

Memphis Green Drinks Kickoff Event: The newly-formed Memphis Green Drinks chapter will have its inaugural monthly gathering on October 21st from 7-9pm at Alchemy, 940 South Cooper Street. There will be a lively mix of environmental-minded folks from all over Memphis, so come along and you'll be made welcome. It's a great way to catch up with familiar faces and also a chance for making new friends who share a common passion for the planet.

Bike/ped access public meeting @ Shelby Farms Park

Review the bike/ped access designs Shelby Farms Park Conservancy and Ritchie Smith Associates have been working on for the past year as part of the Mid-South Regional Greenprint Plan. 

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Monday Sept 22 @ 6pm.  Topic: Appling Rd and Gameday Basball access designs (future Greenline eastward expansion).  

Shelby Farms Park Visitor's Center, 500 N. Pine Lake Dr.

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Thursday Sept 25 @ 5pm.  Topic: Perkins Rd access design (current Greenline). 

Evangel Church, 262 N. Perkins Rd. 

Free Shelby County Shred-It Day

This is open to Businesses and Individuals!

The Shelby County Federal Credit Union is hosting a free Shred-It Day that offers all residents and workers of Shelby County an opportunity to dispose of old confidential documents safely and responsibly.  A Shred-It Truck will be stationed at the event for shredding and recycling.

Saturday, September 20 from 9 am – 1 pm

1160 Sycamore View

TennGreen Hike-a-thon

TennGreen is having a Hike-a-thon at Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park on September 21. All donations benefit TennGreen and Shelby Forest.

Registration Suggested Donations:
$30 per adult hiker before September 7, 2014. $35 day of event.
*CHILDREN 12 & UNDER FREE*
Family hikes @ 10am & 2pm on Woodland Trail, 3m
*Featuring park ranger Animal Programs at 11am and 3pm
More challenging hike @ 12pm on Horse Trail, 8m
*Certified Tennessee Naturalists will lead all hikes

 

Bringing Nature Home

Wolf River Conservancy is hosting:

Dr. Douglas Tallamy, Professor and Chair of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware and author of the widely acclaimed book Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants (2007, Timber Press).  

Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Rd., Memphis, TN map

Paper Power: Design Competition for high schoolers

The Memphis Public Library and Information Center in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (Memphis chapter) is putting the power in teens’ hands – power to recycle! Back by popular demand, Paper Power is returning to the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue) 10 am – 3 pm on Saturday, September 27, 2014. A chance to make the world a “greener” place, Paper Power is a competition for high school-aged teens to design innovative structures made of recycled paper. Winners will take home trophies, prizes, and a year’s worth of bragging rights!

 

Greenprint public meetings

Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability is hosting a series of public meetings for the Mid-South Regional Greenprint & Sustainability Plan.  Drop by for 10 minutes during an open house or come for the presentation and Q&A. 

For more info:  www.midsouthgreenprint.org

04/03/14

Gale Center

2601 Elm Street,
Hernando MS 38632

3:00 - 5:30 PM Open House
5:30 - 7:00 PM Presentation

04/08/14

Gaisman Community Center

4221 Macon Road, Memphis TN 38122

Memphis-Shelby County Sustainability Summit (Free)

Join us in Memphis on June 26–27 for a two-day Sustainability Summit presented by the Tennessee Energy Education Initiative.
 
Partners, including the Memphis and Shelby County Office of Sustainability and the State of Tennessee, are bringing together regional and national experts to cover a range of timely topics related to energy management and energy efficiency solutions. You will learn how technology can be used to save energy in ways you never thought possible, and receive an overview of renewable energy solutions that you can put to work today.

TN Women Business Conference

TENNESSEE Women’s BUSINESS CONFERENCE

SEPTEMBER 10, 2014
Holiday Inn at University of Memphis
3700 Central Avenue, Memphis, TN 38152


Presented by:
Women’s Business Enterprise Council South’s 5th Annual
& FedEx
Join Us for a Dynamic Day
Featuring :
Did That Just Happen? How Planning
Can Save Your Sanity, Bank Account,
and Brand
- Alice M. Gordon, CEO & Executive
Problem Solver from Skye Connect

Bike and pedestrian meetings

Bike and pedestrian meetings

The Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization is hosting a number meetings throughout the area within the next two weeks. Residents can weigh in on the 2014 bicycle and pedestrian plan update. Except for one, all of the meetings are from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Monday

Baker Community Center

7942 Church Street

Millington​

Wednesday

Bartlett City Hall

6400 Stage Road

August 4

Germantown Economic & Community Development

Bike and pedestrian meetings

Bike and pedestrian meetings

The Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization is hosting a number meetings throughout the area within the next two weeks. Residents can weigh in on the 2014 bicycle and pedestrian plan update. Except for one, all of the meetings are from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Monday

Baker Community Center

7942 Church Street

Millington​

Bike and pedestrian meetings

Bike and pedestrian meetings

The Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization is hosting a number meetings throughout the area within the next two weeks. Residents can weigh in on the 2014 bicycle and pedestrian plan update. Except for one, all of the meetings are from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Monday

Baker Community Center

7942 Church Street

Millington​

Bike and pedestrian meetings

Bike and pedestrian meetings

The Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization is hosting a number meetings throughout the area within the next two weeks. Residents can weigh in on the 2014 bicycle and pedestrian plan update. Except for one, all of the meetings are from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Monday

Baker Community Center

7942 Church Street

Millington​

Wednesday

Bartlett City Hall

6400 Stage Road

August 4

Germantown Economic & Community Development

Bike and pedestrian meetings

Bike and pedestrian meetings

The Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization is hosting a number meetings throughout the area within the next two weeks. Residents can weigh in on the 2014 bicycle and pedestrian plan update. Except for one, all of the meetings are from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Monday

Baker Community Center

7942 Church Street

Millington​

Wednesday

Bartlett City Hall

6400 Stage Road

August 4

Germantown Economic & Community Development

Bike and pedestrian meetings

Bike and pedestrian meetings

The Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization is hosting a number meetings throughout the area within the next two weeks. Residents can weigh in on the 2014 bicycle and pedestrian plan update. Except for one, all of the meetings are from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Monday

Baker Community Center

7942 Church Street

Millington​

Wednesday

Bartlett City Hall

6400 Stage Road

August 4

Germantown Economic & Community Development

Redeveloping Brownfields workshop

Register Today for Center for Creative Land Recycling's September Memphis Workshop
Designed for those new—and not so new—to brownfield redevelopment, seasoned experts will guide you through an interactive series of presentations, panels, and case studies. You will gain knowledge and insights on how best to approach and structure your redevelopment project.

Wolf River Boat Launch Access Study (final public meeting)

The Wolf River Conservancy will have its final public meeting for the Wolf River Boat Launch Access Study on Thursday, August 28th, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Ducks Unlimited (1 Waterfowl Way, Memphis, TN 38120). The project team will present a draft of the Study and will display conceptual plans for some of the boat launch sites. The WRC wants everyone to come out and see what they have done and make any comments before they complete the study at the end of September.

This project is part of the Greenprint project.

State Green Star Partnership workshop (Jackson)

If your business or organization is committed to sustainable practices and continuous improvement throughout your entire operation, then this opportunity is for you. Join the State’s Green Star Partnership new revamped rating program and in return be actively promoted by TN Department of Environment and Conservation’s Office of Sustainable Practices, included in the Green Directory, have access to networking opportunities, and use the Green star logo on your own promotional materials. 
 

Greenprint Consortium Meeting

The eleventh meeting of the Mid-South Regional Greenprint Consortium is Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Brown Baptist Church, located at 980 Stateline Road East in Southaven Mississippi. 
 
The July 2014 meeting will feature a presentation and breakout group discussion on the first draft of the final regional plan.  After two years of hard work and dedication on the part of the consortium and public, a draft of the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan has been drafted. Please make plans to attend!
 

Memphis Tour De Coop

The Memphis Tour De Coop is a guided and self-guided bicycle tour of urban chicken coops, gardens, and beehives benefiting GrowMemphis. We will also include a Tour De Coop map with the stop locations for any person who registers and would like to walk or otherwise participate in the tour.
 
The 2014 event will showcase ...urban chickens, gardens, and beehives in new innovative ways to inspire the Yard to Table approach of creating healthy, fresh, and sustainable local food production back into our yards, homes, lives, and community.
 

Proposed Improvements to the Entrances of V&E greenline (public meeting)

A sub-grant from Shelby County Greenprint program allowed the V&E Greenline to hire Ritchie Smith Associates, an award winning landscape architecture firm, to design improvements at each of the trail entrances of the V&E Greenline. The goal is to make the entrances universally accessible and in compliance with ADA, more attractive, and safer with marked crosswalks and new signage. Once the plan is completed, V&E Greenline supporters will work to find sources for construction funding.
 

Public Review of 303d (impaired waters list)

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has developed a draft 2014 303(d) List, the official compilation of impaired waters in Tennessee. The 303(d) List identifies stream segments that violate one or more water quality standards, or are documented as threatened by pollutants. These segments are then prioritized for a specialized water quality study of the identified pollutants known as a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).
 

Safety and Sustainability Conference

Memphis Health, Education and Housing Facility Board invites you on August 6 to learn about the safety and sustainability resources that are available to the development community, and how putting them to use can benefit where we live.  Hear from Trisha Miller, senior advisor of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and Art Hushen, President of the National Institute of Crime Prevention and founder of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design.  The Office of Sustainability will participate with Trisha Miller in a panel discussion.  Be sure to join us!

$25. 

Mississippi River Conservation & Leadership Summer Institute (Illinois, FREE)

Mississippi River Conservation & Leadership Summer Institute – (Illinois, July 27-Aug 1, FREE).  Living Lands and Waters, the non-profit who comes to Memphis each year is giving an opportunity for high school students with interest in being a leader in the agriculture field.  They will learn from John Deere, Cargill, and Bunge about the connection between agriculture and water. 

Regional Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan meeting

Planning activities are currently underway to update the MPO’s Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan this year. As a part of the update process, MPO staff will be coordinating public meetings throughout the MPO region for residents to attend and provide input on the projects and programs they would like to see included in the plan that will enhance travel for bicycling and walking in their communities.   July 7, 2014 – 3:30PM – Landers Center (DeSoto, MS) 4560 Venture Dr., Southaven, MS 38671 July 8, 2014 – 6:00PM – North Frayser Community Center, 2555 St.

Regional Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan meeting

Planning activities are currently underway to update the MPO’s Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan this year. As a part of the update process, MPO staff will be coordinating public meetings throughout the MPO region for residents to attend and provide input on the projects and programs they would like to see included in the plan that will enhance travel for bicycling and walking in their communities.  

July 7, 2014 – 3:30PM – Landers Center (DeSoto, MS) 4560 Venture Dr., Southaven, MS 38671

South Cypress Creek stormwater (neighborhood meetings)

Powers Hill Design is excited to be assisting the Memphis Stormwater Master Plan.  In an effort to effectively address the needs of the citizens, they are hosting a series of meetings for the South Cypress Creek Basin area to seek public input. See flyer below.  The purpose of the Master Plan is to identify potential solutions for flooding and drainage issues in your area.    Neighborhood Meetings: Thursday, June 12, 2014 6:00 ‐ 8:00 pm The Links at Whitehaven Clubhouse Formerly Whitehaven Country Club 750 E.

Craft: lanterns from old cans

" We're celebrating Earth Day in the Clubhouse with this great upcycled project.
Just in time for porch season, we're making luminaries for your tea candles. Raid your recycling bin for those coffee and soup cans and we'll show you how to turn them into beautiful lanterns. We'll use punches and hammers to create patterns for the candlelight to shine through."

Craft: lanterns from old cans

We're celebrating Earth Day in the Clubhouse with this great upcycled project.
Just in time for porch season, we're making luminaries for your tea candles. Raid your recycling bin for those coffee and soup cans and we'll show you how to turn them into beautiful lanterns. We'll use punches and hammers to create patterns for the candlelight to shine through."

South Cypress Creek stormwater (neighborhood meetings)

Powers Hill Design is excited to be assisting the Memphis Stormwater Master Plan.  In an effort to effectively address the needs of the citizens, they are hosting a series of meetings for the South Cypress Creek Basin area to seek public input. See flyer below.  The purpose of the Master Plan is to identify potential solutions for flooding and drainage issues in your area.    Neighborhood Meetings: Thursday, June 12, 2014 6:00 ‐ 8:00 pm The Links at Whitehaven Clubhouse Formerly Whitehaven Country Club 750 E.

Butterflies of Tennessee lecture

July 21. Butterflies of Tennessee. 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Come learn about these most beautiful of insects with butterfly expert Rita Venable, North American Butterfly Association-Middle Tennessee Chapter, author of the new book, Butterflies of Tennessee. Sponsored by the Wolf River Conservancy and Memphis Botanic Garden. Free to WRC & MBG members/non-members $4. Call 452-6500 or 636-4116 for more information, or visit www.wolfriver.org.

State’s Green Star Partnership workshop (Jackson)

Business, Industry, & Organization leaders:

If your business or organization is committed to sustainable practices and continuous improvement throughout your entire operation, then this opportunity is for you. Join the State’s Green Star Partnership new revamped rating program and in return be actively promoted by TN Department of Environment and Conservation’s Office of Sustainable Practices, included in the Green Directory, have access to networking opportunities, and use the Green star logo on your own promotional materials. 

First Responder training (how to deal with alternative fuel vehicle incidents)

    National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium’s (NAFTC’s) First Responder Safety Instructor Training   Safety training for gaseous fuels (CNG, LNG, and Propane) and electric drive vehicles.     Participants will learn how to safely respond to accidents involving alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, including vehicle identification, recommended first responder procedures, key vehicle and fuel properties and characteristics and vehicle components.

MLGW's Model Solar Car Race for youth

The object of the MLGW A-Blazing Race is to engage youth in grades third through eighth in the design and construction of a model solar car that will complete a race in the shortest possible time using available power. This year’s event will be divided into two (2) divisions, grades third through fifth and grades sixth through eighth. Teams can consist of two to eight youths. Teams will use a kit (available through MLGW) containing a solar panel and motor. Using any other materials, competitors will design and build a solar powered vehicle that will race on a 20-meter race course.

Regional Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan meeting

Planning activities are currently underway to update the MPO’s Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan this year. As a part of the update process, MPO staff will be coordinating public meetings throughout the MPO region for residents to attend and provide input on the projects and programs they would like to see included in the plan that will enhance travel for bicycling and walking in their communities.

 

July 7, 2014 – 3:30PM – Landers Center (DeSoto, MS) 4560 Venture Dr., Southaven, MS 38671

Stormwater Master Plan for Whitehaven (neighborhood meetings)

  Powers Hill Design is excited to be assisting the Memphis Stormwater Master Plan.  In an effort to effectively address the needs of the citizens, they are hosting a series of meetings for the Whitehaven area to seek public input.  The purpose of the Master Plan is to identify potential solutions for flooding and drainage issues in your area.    Meeting Goals (1) Provide information about the project (2) Gather input about drainage and flooding problems you experience  

Meeting Times & Locations  

Safety and Sustainability Conference

Memphis Health, Education and Housing Facility Board invites you on August 6 to learn about the safety and sustainability resources that are available to the development community, and how putting them to use can benefit where we live.  Hear from Trisha Miller, senior advisor of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and Art Hushen, President of the National Institute of Crime Prevention and founder of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design.  The Office of Sustainability will participate with Trisha Miller in a panel discussion.  Be sure to join us!

$25. 

Boat Access public meeting

http://www.wolfriver.org/default.aspx?p=79362&evtid=181264:4/23/2014 Boat Access Meeting in Collierville 4/23/2014   Location:Collierville, TN map Description:The purpose of the Wolf River Access Study (January – September 2014):• Increase access to the Wolf River for people and their canoes, kayaks and rafts• Promote increased use and enjoyment of the Wolf River• Provide opportunities for people to participate in outdoor recreation activities• Improve safety in and around the Wolf River• Reduce illeg

Craft: produce tote from an old T-shirt

http://www.fiveinone.org/calendar-view?task=viewevent&itid=224
RSVP on their website
"Spring is here! And to celebrate all we're hosting a series of projects in the Clubhouse using recycled materials. Today's project will help you spring clean your closet. Bring all those old t-shirts you find to the Clubhouse tonight and we'll show you how to give them a new life as a produce bag. Celebrate earth day everyday with these washable, reusable bags. Perfect for taking to the farmer's market!"

Craft: upcycled plastic wallets

http://www.fiveinone.org/calendar-view?task=viewevent&itid=10
RSVP on their website:
"Fused Plastic Wallets
This week we're going to make something cool and usable from your trash! We've emptied out our plastic bag cupboard (you have one too - admit it!).
We're going to use them to create a water resistant, no sew fabric to turn into wallets. We have tons of bags but bring your own stash, especially those that are clear, brightly colored, or have cool patterns and pictures."

Sustainability Roundtable

Every Thursday 6-8pm at the Botanic Garden. April 3: What is Sustainability?  April 10: Challenges to Sustainability. April 17: Inclusive Sustainability.  April 24: Ask the Sustainability Experts. Free and open to the public.  No reservations necessary, call 901-636-4119 for more information.

Shelby Farms Park Conservancy's interactive wetland project dedication

Tennessee Healthy Watershed Initiative dedication ceremony Shelby Farms Park (trail head parking lot) Thursday, April 17th at 10:00am.    This dedication celebrates the completion of a new interactive wetland project and is being coordinated by the Tennessee Healthy Watershed Initiative, Shelby County, the Wolf River Conservancy and Shelby Farms Park Conservancy. See attached details.

Solid Waste Web-based public meeting

From TDEC:
"Public participation is critical to this process.  Approximately 94 stakeholders from across the state representing schools, business and industry, local solid waste management departments, development districts, city and county governments, and environmental advocacy groups shared their ideas and priorities for the plan, which will serve as a roadmap for the state’s activities to reduce and manage solid waste in the future.  Information from those meetings is available on our website. "
 
 
 

Live chat about intro to composting

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/may/02/what-do-you-want-to-...
This Live Chat is London Time 1-3pm therefore it is 7-9pm Central Time.
 
The live chat will take place only on the link above in the comments section, kicking off on Wednesday 7 May, from 1pm (BST). You can submit any questions in advance using the form, or tweet them to @GdnLiveBetter using #askGLB and they will be on the panel on the day.

Discussion & booksigning with Michael Pollan (internationally-acclaimed food writer)

https://www.facebook.com/events/522783834494151/ 
430 N. Cleveland St. (at Crosstown Arts, near Sears Crosstown).
Back Alley BBQ @ 5pm, book signing @ 7pm
Back Alley BBQ with Chef Miles McMath 5-7 pm Patio/alley behind 430 N. Cleveland Dinner and local beer Purchase your dinner ticket here: http://goo.gl/5FYUoa Ticket proceeds benefit new local foods distributor Bring It Food Hub

Loosahatchie Greenway Plan - meetings

Loosahatchie Greenway Plan - meetings
Joing the Town of Arlington at various neighborhood meetings to discuss a master plan for a Loosatchie Greenway.  Funded through the Office of Sustainability's Mid-South Regional Greenprint Plan. 
The plan is for a network of trails and paths along the Loosahatchie River to connect the Town's parks, neighborhoods, commercial areas and civic buildings.
Sat. May 17th neighborhood meetings will take place:
10:30-11:30   at Dr. Logan Park
12:00-1:00  at Dixon Robinson Park
1:30 - 2:30   at Mary Alice Park

Loosahatchie Greenway Plan: Public Meeting

Loosahatchie Greenway Plan - meeting
Joing the Town of Arlington at the public meeting to discuss a master plan for a Loosatchie Greenway.  Funded through the Office of Sustainability's Mid-South Regional Greenprint Plan. 
The plan is for a network of trails and paths along the Loosahatchie River to connect the Town's parks, neighborhoods, commercial areas and civic buildings.
May 22 at 6pm at Arlington Town Hall 5854 Airline Road
For more info contact Heather Sparkes 901-867-3449
 

Overton Park Conservancy: public meetings

Overton Park seeks input for Entrances & Access Project The next major priority for Overton Park Conservancy is Improving access to the park from its surrounding neighborhoods and from the city as a whole. The five focus areas of need include:

Improving the park entrance at Poplar and Cooper
Improving the park entrance at Poplar and Tucker
Improving the park entrance at on N. Parkway
Creating a perimeter trail that rings the entire park
Making improvements to pedestrian areas within the park 

Overton Park: Public Meeting

 
Overton Park seeks input for Entrances & Access ProjectThe next major priority for Overton Park Conservancy is Improving access to the park from its surrounding neighborhoods and from the city as a whole. The five focus areas of need include:
 

Improving the park entrance at Poplar and Cooper
Improving the park entrance at Poplar and Tucker
Improving the park entrance at on N. Parkway
Creating a perimeter trail that rings the entire park
Making improvements to pedestrian areas within the park