October 2017 Enewsletter

Wolf River Conservancy
October 2017 ENEWSLETTER
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Dear Wolf River Conservancy Friend:

Last Saturday, October 21st, was a very special day for the Wolf River Conservancy as we hosted our Grand Opening Celebration and Festival to mark the opening of the newest segment of the Wolf River Greenway Trail, located at the north end of Mud Island. With over 700 attendees, the event was a collaboration between the City of Memphis Parks and Neighborhoods Division, the Riverfront Development Corporation, the Downtown Memphis Commission, and the Conservancy.

The Mud Island segment of the Wolf River Greenway, where the Wolf meets the Mississippi, is now officially open to the public. Memphians and neighbors in the surrounding communities can now take advantage of this lush and easily accessible landscape however they wish, from walking to cycling to bird watching.  Rivers often serve as boundaries, dividing communities from each other, but I think the Wolf River and the Wolf River Greenway have the potential to help bring together our community.

If you missed our event last Saturday, we have a short video at this link to give you an idea of the day.   

With October winding down, the Conservancy is gearing up for an exciting November and December.  The Greenway Soirée is coming up on Saturday, November 11th, at Opera Memphis.  We are nearing sold-out capacity with fewer than 50 tickets remaining.  I hope you will join us.  Please visit for a table of ten or individual tickets. 

Thanks to a special friend of the Wolf River Conservancy, we have received a $150,000 challenge grant through the end of the year.  All unrestricted gifts made by December 31 will be doubled.  Please consider participating in the “Sustaining the Wolf” Campaign today by visiting  For more information, see the front page story of our Fall 2017 issue of Currents.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, thank you for your continued support of the Wolf River Conservancy.   As we enter the season of Thanksgiving, we are grateful for the many friends who share our commitment to protecting and preserving the “Wonder of the Wolf”

Keith Cole
Executive Director

More Stories

Greenway Soirée Tickets Still Available!

Our annual Greenway Soirée on Nov.11th will feature great local food, live music, a live and a silent auction, and lots of fun. Learn More...

Celebrating the Downtown Greenway Opening

The North Mud Island section of the Wolf River Greenway formally opened to the public on Oct. 21, marking a transformation from a former dumping ground to a 1.2-mile paved trail at the Wolf River’s confluence with the Mississippi River. Learn More...

Natural Highlights: Spiny Orb Weaver Spider

These colorful spiders are responsible for many of the webs stretched across trails through the woods in early fall. Learn More...

Dale Sanders Completes Appalachian Trail! 

Our own Gray Beard Adventurer, Dale Sanders, is now the oldest person to have hiked the entire Appalachian Trail. Read the article in the Washington Post!  Learn More...

Rhodes Students Clear Privet at Lovitt Woods

Rhodes College students cleared privet on the Conservancy's Lovitt Woods property on Oct. 4 and 5 after learning about its negative effects on biodiversity in Sept.  Learn More...

Register for the Project WET Water Workshop!

There are still openings for the Nov. 21 WET Workshop which provides teachers with water-related classroom activities and information on local water resources. Learn More...

Upcoming Events



November 4

First Saturday Paddle 


November 11

Greenway Soirèe


November 21

Project WET Workshop   


December 2

First Saturday Paddle


January 6

First Saturday Paddle


February 15

Tom Fox Photography Program 


February 24

Annual Tree Planting



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