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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 September-December. Registration will open two weeks prior to each program.

  • September 5th | Dr. Jason Hoeksema | Department of Biology, University of Mississippi | The interaction between plants and mycorrhizal fungi
  • October 3rd | Dr. Sarah Boyle | Environmental Studies and Sciences, Rhodes College | Human impacts on the ecology  of fauna and flora
  • November 7th | Dr. Steve Reichling | Conservation and Research, Memphis Zoo | Conservation of critically endangered species
  • December 5th | Dr. Leigh Boardman | Biological Sciences, University of Memphis | Evolutionary and physiological ecology of insects

Coming up…

Cold! Snow! Where do insects go?

Insects are exothermic (cold blooded), so when winter rolls round, they need to have a strategy to deal with this. This Science Café will present several different approaches that insects use: from avoiding winter all together, to embracing the cold and surviving freezing! We will also address how climate change is altering our winters, and what this means for our Mid-South insect populations.

Leigh Boardman studies how insects respond to environmental stress, with applications for understanding invasive species, and developing chemical-free pest management strategies. She has conducted research on four continents, and her lab is now focusing on insects relevant to Tennessee.


Registration required

Registration for the December 5th Science Café opens November 21st on this webpage.



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.

Thanks to ServiceMaster by Stratos for sponsoring this program!