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*****  2017  *****

NOW – DECEMBER 31, 2017
“Be the Dinosaur: Life in the Cretaceous” Exhibit 

Click here for exhibit details.

WEDNESDAYS IN NOVEMBER at 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. & 3:15 p.m.
Preschool Room Story Time

Bring your children ages 3-5 to Preschool Room Story Time to hear a story, make a craft, and meet an animal! Regular museum admission. Free for Members.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2017  5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cajun Christmas

Enjoy an interactive storytelling of The Cajun Night Before Christmas, encounter swamp animals and meet the Christmas Gator, make Cajun Christmas crafts, write letters to Santa and take your photo with him, listen to beautiful holiday music, and see Santa dive in the aquariums! $6.00 for adults $4.00 for children ages 3 and up. Under 3 are FREE. Museum Members are FREE.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2017  5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Gift Shop Open House

Shop for unique and Mississippi made gifts that range from science kits, animal puppets, books, and games to Mississippi made pottery, jewelry, and wood-turned items. Free gift wrapping with purchase.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2017  10 a.m. – Noon
STEM with Snowflakes

Experiment with instant snow, make your own paper snowflakes to learn about snowflake symmetry, explore the fascinating properties of dry ice, and hear the wonderful story of “Snowflake Bentley” – the naturalist and photographer who first captured snowflakes on film.
$6.00 for adults $4.00 for children ages 3 and up. Under 3 are FREE. Museum Members are FREE.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2017  10 a.m. – Noon
Superhero Science

It’s a bird, It’s a plane … it’s Science Adventure! Why is Mr. Fantastic so stretchy? How would you use the superpower of magnetism? Before you fly through the air, do you need an anemometer reading? Join us for fun filled exploration of the science behind superheroes. $6.00 for adults $4.00 for children ages 3 and up. Under 3 are FREE. Museum Members are FREE.

*****  2018  *****

JANUARY 18, 2018  6 p.m. -8 p.m.      
Family Fun Science Night

Want to learn more about science as a family? Join us at the museum to experience science in fun, hands-on ways. Play with Robots, meet Mississippi wildlife, experiment with non-newtonian fluids (kinetic sand!), see STEM/STEAM demos, develop your mind with crazy brain teasers, and more! Food vendors will be on site. 

This is a great way for families with elementary and middle school aged children to begin the new year. If you want to learn more about supporting your child’s interest in the sciences, then this event is for you. For more information about cost and activities call 601-576-6000.

JANUARY 27, 2018 – APRIL 29, 2018
Conservation Quest Exhibit

Go Green! Learn about energy – what it is, where it comes from, how we use it, and why it’s important to use it wisely. Conservation Quest delivers important energy conservation messages, inspiring you to make thoughtful choices about energy use to help protect the planet and promote healthy living. MEMBERS – SAVE THE DATE: The Premiere Party will be January 26, 2018.

FEBRUARY 3, 2018    9 a.m. – Noon
So You Think You Can Fish?

MDWFP’s Mississippi Museum of Natural Science will host a morning of fishing seminars and fish education for anglers and families in the museum’s Rotwein Theater with additional activities throughout the museum. The event is included in the regular museum admission fee.

 Museum Members are Free.

“Spend the morning with this group of successful anglers and biologists and get answers to your questions concerning fish and fishing techniques. We have activities planned for scouts and families, too!” explains museum director Charles Knight. This annual program provides useful information for seasoned as well as novice fishermen. 

FEBRUARY 9, 2018  10 a.m. – Noon
Mississippi Arbor Day

Crafts and displays focused on Mississippi trees and their past and present roles in our environment.  A live “Tree Giveaway” is also scheduled (while supplies last).

MARCH 3, 2018  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Fossil Road Show

Pack up your fossils and hit the road! Bring your fossil discoveries to get expert opinions about their ages and identities from our team of scientists!

In addition to the Museum’s fossil collection, there will be collector displays and institutional exhibitors, hands-on activities, “fossil digs”, and a scavenger hunt.  Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi will meet requirements for the FRS patch.

So, go through your “rock boxes” and challenge our staff with your prehistoric oddities.

$6.00 for adults, $4.00 for children ages 3 and up. Under 3 are FREE. Museum Members are FREE. For more information call:  601-576-6000.

MARCH 9, 2018  9 a.m. – Noon
Science Makers

Want to meet the science makers of our world? Then join the museum’s staff for a celebration of women and minorities who are changing the face of scientific exploration. This event showcases interactive STEM – activities and discussions to inspire curiosity about educational and scientific career opportunities. $6.00 for adults  $4.00 for children ages 3 and up. Under 3 are FREE.  Museum members are FREE. Get details and download the event flyer at http://mdwfp.com/museum/calendar/science-makers-2018/

March 12-16, 2018  9 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day
Teacher Workshops

The museum’s conservation educators provide training in internationally recognized environmental education programs for teachers. These workshops are excellent for teachers of every subject and grade level, including informal educators such as scout leaders, camp leaders, and youth leaders!

 The museum offers the following environmental education programs, “Project WILD”, “Project WET”, “Growing UP WILD”, “Sharing Nature” and several other workshops with CEU credits available.

For details, contact the Education Coordinator at (601)-576-6000, or go to https://www.mdwfp.com/museum/

APRIL 7, 2018  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Get ready for a wild adventure at NatureFEST 2018!  It’s a festival, a nature outing, and a fascinating museum trip all wrapped into one exciting day!

Families and young budding scientists won’t want to miss Wildlife Wonder’s travelling exotic animal show. Conduct citizen science explorations through the on-site Bio-Blitz, and go behind-the-scenes in the museum’s labs.

Outdoor enthusiasts can explore the museum’s native plant garden, play nature games, picnic at the pavilion with food from one of the food truck vendors, and take a hike ( guided or self-directed) on our beautiful springtime trails.

$6.00 for adults, $4.00 for children. Under 3 FREE. Museum Members are Free.

APRIL 28, 2018  4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Birdsong & Bluegrass

Good food, good music, and birdsong: what a great way to enjoy spring!  

Take a guided nature walk, listen to bluegrass music, explore hands-on birding activities, and see a spectacular live birds of prey program as part of our celebration of International Migratory Bird Day. This event is also scout-friendly. Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi who attend will meet requirements toward their IMBD patch and Cub Scouts will meet requirements for the Naturalist Badge.

$6.00 for adults, $4.00 for children ages 3 and up. Under 3 are FREE.  Museum Members are FREE

JUNE 5, 2018  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Snake Day!  

See, touch, and learn about live snakes with our experts. Discover how to distinguish venomous snakes from non-venomous snakes in our herpetologist’s one-hour presentations at 10 a.m. and 12p.m.

Crafts and activities about our favorite reptiles are ongoing from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

This is a family and Scout-friendly event. Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi will earn the MMNS Snake Day Patch and Boy Scouts will meet several requirements for the Reptile and Amphibian merit badge.

$6.00 for adults, $4.00 for children ages 3 and up. Under 3 are FREE.  Museum Members are FREE

JUNE 2018
Museum Summer Camps

New friends, archery, canoeing, and outdoor investigations will make these summer days fun and exciting. We connect children to nature through hands-on, experiential learning at these summer camps.

Go Outdoors Camp (for 5 year old Kindergarten through 6th grade ) is a day camp that focuses on the ecosystems of Mississippi.

Jr. Naturalist Camp (for 7th-9th grade) and Field Camp (10th-12th) are ecology based camps that focus on the identification, collection, and conservation of our native species. 

Go Outdoors for 5th-6th, Jr. Naturalist, and Field Camp include one overnight stay. 

Registration begins March 1st, with discounts given to MS Museum of Natural Science Foundation Members. Please visit http://mdwfp.com/museum/  for updated details and registration information on camp dates and fees as they develop.

*****  2019  *****

JANUARY 26, 2019 – MAY 12, 2019
Ocean Bound Exhibit

Journey through watersheds to see how everyone’s actions on land affect our ocean. Make it rain in a large 3-D watershed model! Pilot a full-size two-station “submersible” from mountain stream to the ocean. Encounter eye-popping aquatic species and ecosystems along the way! Be a biologist and go deeper. Guide “water” safely through a hazardous maze. Flip paddles and divert “pollutants” as they travel through stormwater drains. Discover how river otters made a comeback. Spot the polluters and be a Watershed Warrior! What can YOU do in your watershed to protect our ocean? Find out in Ocean Bound!