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

Click here for exhibit details.

JULY 5, 11, 18, 25, 2017
Preschool Weekly Adventures

This new program begins in July 2017! Weekly Adventures are 20-30 minutes of themed learning, playing, and adventuring.

Get details at: http://mdwfp.com/museum/learn-teach/preschool-room/

Included with regular Museum admission. Free for Members of the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Foundation.

July 5, 2017: Wiggle Worms

July 11, 2017: Hungry, Hungry Bears

July 18, 2017: A Parade of Ants

July 25, 2017: Bubbly Bubbles

FRIDAY, JULY 7, 14, 21, 28, 2017   10 a.m. – NOON
Dino-Fun Friday

Dino-Fun Fridays are Fridays in June and July from 10 a.m. – Noon. Enjoy interactive, hands-on stations spread through the museum themed around our “Be the Dinosaur” exhibit at each Dino-Fun Friday.

Games, crafts, and investigations related to the “Be the Dinosaur: Life in the Cretaceous” exhibit are part of the fun every Friday in June and July from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Suitable for families or groups with children ages 4 and up. Admission: $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for children, under 3 are FREE. Members are free.

JULY 17 – 26, 2017  9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Teacher Workshops

Museum staff provides training in internationally recognized environmental education programs for teachers. CEU’s available. One workshop per day from July 17 – 21, 2017 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the museum plus a workshop on July 26 at Delta State University Please click here for details and to register.

TUESDAY, JULY 25, 2017  10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Story Time: Fish Food by Andy Mansfield

Bring your children (ages 3 -5) to Story Time in the museum’s Preschool Discovery Room to hear Fish Food and make a craft. Included with regular museum admission. Free for Members.

THURSDAY, JULY 27, 2017 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Story Time: There’s an Alligator Under My Bed by Mercer Mayer

Bring your children (ages 3 -5) to Story Time in the museum’s Preschool Discovery Room to MEET AN ALLIGATOR, hear There’s an Alligator Under My Bed, and make a craft. Included with regular museum admission. Free for Members.

SATURDAY, JULY 29, 2017 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Farewell to Summer

Looking for one last hurrah before summer break ends and school begins? Join us to tackle our playful obstacle course and slide, exercise like a dino, experience Frozen Dino Desserts, and play Science Trivia (led by Challenge Entertainment) with the whole family.

Prizes will be awarded to trivia winners by our wonderful, newly “trained” dinosaur (our velociraptor) and his handler!

Plus, a representative from NASA will be joining us to talk about the upcoming solar eclipse (the eclipse happens on August 21, 2017)!

Bumpers will be selling chicken, burgers, hot dogs, drinks and special “Cretaceous Crunch” and “Dino-Delight” ice cream sundaes!

Sharpen your wits with this fun and playful way to welcome the school year. $6.00 for adults $4.00 for children ages 3 and up. Under 3 are FREE. Museum members are FREE.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2017  Noon –  1 p.m.
Snake Lecture

TITLE: “Why Snakes Are Important to Humans: Ecological, Medical and Economic Benefits”

SPEAKER: Cathy Costello, Mississippi Master Naturalist, Jackson, MS

Did you know: SNAKE VENOM may be the key to curing some forms of cancer? You may already be taking a medication derived from snake venom?

Learn how snake venom (could) play a critical role in pain management, inflammation, and treating Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.

Discover how scientists are able to create medicine from such a toxic substance and answers to all these questions.

You may be surprised to learn that you owe your life or the life of a loved one to some of the deadliest snakes in the world.

Included with museum admission. Free for Members.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2017  11 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
A Visit with Marie Curie: Film screening and Q&A with Film-Maker Jen Myronuk

MDWFP’s Mississippi Museum of Natural Science will host a preview film screening of HUMANITY NEEDS DREAMERS: A VISIT WITH MARIE CURIE on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. including a post-screening Q & A with filmmaker Jen Myronuk.

“Humanity Needs Dreamers” is a 40-minute living history film featuring an entertaining and scholarly portrayal of scientist Marie Curie in her quest to pioneer the field of radioactivity.

Called “groundbreaking”, “captivating”, and “required viewing”, the film screening is free with museum admission and recommended for ages 10 and older.

Produced by STEM on Stage, a new STEAM initiative to promote narrative science through living history theater, film & immersive media.

Cost: Free with Museum Admission ($6 – Adults // $4 – Children). Under 3 FREE. Museum members FREE. Recommended for ages 10 & older.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 2017  8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Early Birds, Dinos, and Java

What better way to begin a summer day than to take a guided bird walk to observe the return of transient songbirds?

Join us as one of our naturalists takes you on museum trails, have a little coffee afterwards, and then explore the “ Be the Dinosaur: Life in the Cretaceous” exhibit to learn more about the ancient relatives of birds.

Cost: Free with Museum Admission ($6 – Adults and $4 – Children). Under 3 FREE. Museum members FREE. Recommended for ages 10 & older.

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. To RSVP, please contact Nicole Smith, Special Events nicole.smith@mmns.state.ms.us

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2017  Noon – 1 p.m.
Prothonotary Warbler Lecture

SPEAKER: Erik Johnson, Director of Bird Conservation, Audubon Louisiana, Baton Rouge

Prothonotary Warblers are a familiar bird of southeastern U.S. swamps and bottomland forests during the summer, but their populations are declining faster than they are losing this habitat.

Audubon Louisiana has been working to understand why by studying their migration pathways using geolocators to understand connections between wintering and breeding populations.

This ground-breaking work has already identified new potential conservation priority regions in Central and South America to focus conservation efforts.

Learn about this remarkable migratory bird, and how you can get involved to help.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2017  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
MS Science Fest: Water Journey at MDWFP’s Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

Explore the wonders of water in this fun-filled and interactive event where we will learn about, play with, and discover how to conserve one of our most precious resources: Water.

Activities Include: Water Cycle Game and Craft, Aqua Bodies Exercise, the LIVE Aquatic Animal program, and Bubble-ology (the science of making human sized bubbles) and more!

This event is part of the larger Mississippi ScienceFEST, and will be at MDWFP’s Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. It is run alongside other activities hosted at the Mississippi Children’s Museum, Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.

One ticket, four museums, and lots of science fun! (Members must purchase admission for this event).

Check out http://www.mssciencefest.org/ to learn more.


JANUARY 26, 2018 – MAY 6, 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.


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!