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Science Café

March 5 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Wind down from the workday by learning something new over drinks! Join Overton Park Conservancy at the Golf Clubhouse for a happy hour with guest speakers who will share unique perspectives from their corners of the scientific world. All are welcome; no previous scientific knowledge required

Science Café is scheduled for 5:30 pm the first Tuesday of each month February-May.

  • February 6th | Dr. Stephen Brewer | Department of Biology, University of Mississippi | Disturbance ecology of plants
  • March 5th | Sarah Houston & Dr. Scott Schoefernacker | Protect Our Aquifer | Hydrogeology of the Memphis Sands Aquifer
  • April 2nd | Dr. Shawn Brown | Department of Biological Sciences, University of Memphis | Microbial communities
  • May 7th | Dr. Malle Carrasco-Harris | Overton Park Conservancy | Copperheads in Overton Park

Coming up…

The Memphis Sand Aquifer: Balancing aging infrastructure, explosive growth, and sustainability

The Memphis Sand Aquifer is a geological jewel below West Tennessee. With some of the purest water in the country, deep below Downtown Memphis, the Aquifer has long been ignored and underappreciated. Legacy pollution is seeping deeper, explosive growth is expected from Ford’s Blue Oval City, and recent weather crises have revealed the vulnerability of our infrastructure. Managing the Memphis Sand Aquifer has become more important than ever before – and community support is key.

Come ready to learn, ask questions, and celebrate the Memphis Sand Aquifer as we celebrate World Water Day in 2024.

Sarah Houston has been engaged in water communication for 10+ years, working with students, adults and even virtual audiences while pedaling around the country. She joined the Center for Applied Earth Science and Engineering Research (CAESER) at the University of Memphis before joining Protect Our Aquifer as Executive Director.

Scott Schoefernacker, PhD, PG, started with Protect Our Aquifer in 2023 to become the organization’s first science director. Schoefernacker is a hydrogeologist and state licensed professional geologist and previously spent 11 years at CAESER investigating, protecting, and sustaining groundwater resources with federal, state, and local entities in Shelby County and west Tennessee.

Learn more about Protect Our Aquifer!


Registration required

Registration opens two weeks in advance.


Questions? Send us an email 

Please review our cancellation policy here.

Overton Park Conservancy is the nonprofit organization that has been caring for Memphis’s central green space since 2012. With the generous support of our community, we work each day to make the park a beautiful and welcoming place for all Memphians, as well as a valuable source of urban habitat for wildlife.

The Conservancy must raise roughly 85% of our budget each year from people like you who care about the many things Overton Park has to offer. A gift of any amount helps us maintain and improve the park.



March 5
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Overton Park Conservancy
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Abe Goodman Golf Clubhouse
2080 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104
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