Heart of the Park - January 2016 Progress

Heart of the Park is starting to feel very real! Winter is in full swing, which means it’s a great time to be indoors. Luckily, our construction crew has been working hard to bring our vibrant indoor spaces to life in the new First Tennessee Foundation Visitor Center and FedEx Event Center. Check out this quick update on progress; I hope you find the project's progress as exciting as we do!    Recently, I got to take a sneak peek of the facility progress, and it is truly incredible... Read More
Posted by Rebecca Dailey at 2-2-16 | 2 comments
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Memphis Garden Clubs Bring Weed Wrangle to Memphis + Shelby Farms Park

Green doesn't always mean good.  In a recent Commercial Appeal article , Lichterman volunteer Arch Johnston stated that Memphis' forests looked foreign to him, they were so overridden by invasive species and unhealthy. The photo below captures what he was seeing.  To me, and most other untrained eyes, this image looks like a full, healthy forest that is thriving and green even in the winter when this photo was taken. Most people wouldn't believe that the picture... Read More
Posted by Betsy Peterson at 1-29-16 | 0 comments
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January Volunteer of the Month

January Volunteer Spotlight | Alisa Firehock The Events + Programs Team is excited to highlight individuals who exemplify the Park's mission through their service. This month, we are honored to feature Alisa Firehock, a volunteer who has served with Shelby Farms Park Conservancy for the past 5 years. HOW HAVE YOU SEEN THE PARK CHANGE? WHERE DO YOU SEE THE PARK IN THE NEXT TWENTY YEARS?  WHAT'S THE MOST EXCITING PROJECT YOU'VE WORKED ON AS A VOLUNTEER? The Park evolution... Read More
Posted by Jasmin Mayen at 1-26-16 | 0 comments
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Parks' Role in Civil Rights

Yesterday, we celebrated the man who has become synonymous with the words, "I Have a Dream".  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke out against racial inequality, inspired people to dream of a different world and compelled people to take action and achieve equality for all people. Today, we remember MLK's life and hard work to leave a better world and we look closely at society and what still needs to be done. Inspired by the great work Martin Luther King Jr. did for our country, I wanted to... Read More
Posted by Betsy Peterson at 1-19-16 | 1 comments
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Behind the Scenes | First Eggs Laid at Shelby Farms Park

It is 8:15am as volunteer Steve O'Dell rolls in on his bicycle in the 34 degree weather. Rain or shine, freezing cold or oppressive heat, Steve arrives each morning at the Shelby Farms Park Greenline Gardens. Steve is a calming presence at the Park, coming each day to work in the gardens, direct our Farm to Fork Fellows or work SFPC events with good humor. He consistently brings himself as well as a lesson for the day. Today I am learning how to care for our flock of Shelby Farms Park... Read More
Posted by Betsy Peterson at 1-12-16 | 0 comments
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