A place for wildlife and you for 45 years
Be a Friend of the Sanctuary
To help Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary with a personal donation, become a member.
Be a Part Of
The mission of the Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary is to provide:
- engaging hands-on environmental and natural science education for all ages;
- biodiversity of native plants and animals through wise management of our natural resources;
- understanding that all Earth’s inhabitants are part of complex, interdependent ecosystems, and;
- opportunities for quiet reflection with the natural world.
The area is open for hiking, nature study, birding, photography, sketching and relaxing in the beauty of the natural world.
A Place in Time
History and Pictures
MLTNS has an incredible history that begins with Martha Lafite, extends from the 1996 Center expansion to the enjoyment of nature and programs that are found here today.
Martha Lafite Thompson
Leave only footprints,
take only memories
Martha grew up in Liberty and graduated from Liberty High School. She married Omar Thompson, who owned and operated a greenhouse and nursery. In 1954 the Thompsons purchased 53 acres of land, which is now the west section of the Nature Sanctuary.
They enlisted the aid of Audubon members to begin restoration of the property and Martha worked with local attorney, Conn Withers, to establish her vision of the Nature Sanctuary.