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NOW – 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. Click here for details.

NOW – APRIL 30, 2018
“Gems of the River: An Exploration of Scientific Fish Photography” Exhibit
by MDWFP’s Mississippi Museum of Natural Science staff members
Matt Wagner, Katelin Cross, and Chazz C. Coleman

“Gems of the River” is a startlingly beautiful photographic record of 15 of Mississippi’s lesser known fishes. Biologist Matt Wagner’s specialized staging method aids in producing these beautiful scientifically accurate images. “Gems of the River” can be seen in the museum’s atrium. Come have a look at these stunningly, beautiful photos.

WEDNESDAYS IN MARCH 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 animalRegular museum admission. Free for Members.

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/

MARCH 12 – 14, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Go Outdoors … Delta Spring Break Camp! (for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders)

Location: Leroy Percy State Park

Registration Limit: 20

COST: $70.00 for museum members and $75.00 for non-members (see note below).

Get details and register here.

MARCH 15, 2018  1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Recycled Bead Art Workshop

Join us at the museum during Spring Break for our first recycled bead art workshop!

Create a bead mosaic using Mardi Gras beads. Canvases are 8 inches x 10 inches and all supplies are provided.

Space is limited.

Get details and register here.

MARCH 24, 2018  9:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Girl Scouts Robotics Workshop

Get the details and register here.

MARCH 25, 2018  1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
My Grown Up & Me Paint Day

Space is limited.

Get the details and register here.

APRIL 3, 2018  Noon – 1 p.m.
Lecture: “Conservation of Coastal Waterbirds and Coastal Habitats”

“Conservation of Coastal Waterbirds and Coastal Habitats: Long and Short-term Insights from Louisiana”

SPEAKER: Will Selman, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Biology, Millsaps College
Louisiana is the epicenter for bird diversity in the United States with over 470 bird species documented in the state, and the driver of diversity is the numerous habitat types near the Gulf Coast.

However, many of these habitats are vanishing through natural or human-induced impacts.
Dr. Selman will take you on a tour of these coastal habitats highlighting several focal species for conservation and will discuss the prospect for short and long term bird conservation in coastal Louisiana.

The lecture will be based on 10 years of bird research and conservation conducted in Louisiana by Dr. Selman and his collaborators.

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

MAY 1, 2018  Noon – 1 p.m.
Lecture: “The Use of Time-lapse Photography in Animal Ecology Research”

SPEAKER: Frank R. Hensley, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Sciences, Mississippi College

Over the last several years, motion-sensitive cameras have become ubiquitous tools in wildlife biology, ecology, and conservation of vertebrates. But only large endothermic animals can reliably trigger the motion sensors that result in useful photos and data.

Time lapse photography, in contrast, can capture images of smaller, slower, ectothermic species. But time lapse photography can quickly produce thousands of photos that don’t capture any animals at all, creating a very low signal:noise ratio for useful data.

Dr. Hensley will discuss some of the challenges and successes that he and his students have experienced in their attempts to study reptiles using time lapse photography.

MAY 29, 2018 – JUNE 28, 2018
Summer Camps

Members receive discounted rates for summer camp!

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. 

Get the details and register here.

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

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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!