Chucalissa in the Summertime

by Kiran Riar

The return of warmer weather is always an exciting time for us at the museum. While we miss the Graduate Assistants, school visits, and class projects of the school year, they are quickly replaced with talks of summer camps, field trips, and outdoor adventure.  As our visitors will know, Chucalissa has expanded its educational reach in recent years to encompass our natural setting and better engage the scenic beauty of T.O. Fuller State Park. This makes summer the ideal time to take advantage of our surroundings – our nature trail, gardens, arboretum, and medicinal plant sanctuary are all in full bloom! The summer season also gives us the chance to offer increased programming opportunities to other audiences. We’re big fans of family days, scout troops, and summer camps…so much so that we’re offering our very own art camp, Art for Voice, in June and July.

What are all of the staff’s favorite things about Chucalissa in the summer? Well I’m glad you asked…


Kiran2I love how the wildlife in the park is more active this time of year. Seeing animals outside is always my favorite! – Kiran

I love the seasonal changes. The colors in nature are more vibrant- Allison

I love hearing the birds chirping away now that the   weather is warm again. – Johna

DrCI love how the green forest is filled with flowers. – Dr. Connolly

This year, I’m going to love the newly expanded community garden! – Carolyn

Seeing all of our trees and plants come to life. Especially out on the trail, everything that you didn’t even know was alive blooms and grows and it’s all green in just a matter of a couple weeks. Yay nature! – Patricia

I love walking through the nature trail and seeing all of the plants in bloom!– Sam

Summer Camps!

I love all of the summer camps that come visit the museum, and playing outside with all of the campers! – Rachael


It’s great to meet visitors who come to Memphis from all over the world! – Kiran

I love the fact that we will have the Art for Voice camp this summer!  – Carolyn

Having the archaeology day camp from Parkin come to visit is going to be so much fun!- Mallory

The scenery

The sunsets are beautiful!- Americorps team member William

463984_10100568334250790_1714052838_oThe drive through T.O. Fuller into the museum is my favorite- Brooke

I really enjoy going for walks on the nature trails while the sun is setting- Americorps team member Bobbie


Driving to work and seeing all the green trees is so soothing. – Mallory

We hope to see you out at Chucalissa before we get back into the routine of the school year, homework, and sweater weather. In the meantime, what are some of your favorite things about Chucalissa this time of year?

About C.H. Nash Museum

The mission of the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa, a division of the University of Memphis, is to protect and interpret the Chucalissa archaeological site’s cultural and natural environments, and to provide the University Community and the Public with exceptional educational, participatory, and research opportunities on the landscape’s past and present Native American and traditional cultures.
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