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WEDNESDAYS 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.

SEPTEMBER 22, 2018
Mississippi Science Fest

‪The LeFleur Museum District (LMD) invites you to attend a special STEM themed festival!

On Saturday, September 22nd, all four museums of the LMD (MDWFP’s Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum, Mississippi Children’s Museum, and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum) will host a special day where experts and special guests from science-based industries across the state will provide hands-on experiences for children and families.

By bringing these experts together, MSF is able to show the range of career opportunities that exist while also sparking participants’ curiosity, excitement, and interest.

‪*Please note that museum memberships will not be applicable on this date, as the $10 admission grants entry to all four LeFleur Museum District Museums for the event. 

‪A FREE shuttle bus will be available between all four museums.

‪Food vendors will be on-site, too. 

Visit www.mssciencefest.org for details and tickets.

SEPTEMBER 28, 2018
In the Dark Exhibit Premiere Party

Join us for a glow party to open the exhibit! Dress in your favorite glow necklaces, bracelets, and glow in the dark clothing! Free for Members. See exhibit description below.

SEPTEMBER 29, 2018 – DECEMBER 31, 2018 
In the Dark Exhibit

In the dark layers beneath the soil, under the sea, or in the shadows of night, unseen worlds teeming with life are illuminated in this enlightening exhibition. Crawl inside a giant bat head, experience life as a termite, and explore the worlds of bobcats, skunks, and cicadas. Plus, learn how birds find their way flying at night, how bats use echo-location, and how some species have adapted to life in the dark! Free for Members.

“In the Dark” is a traveling exhibit organized by the Cincinnati Museum Center. The exhibit is sponsored locally by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Foundation, Regions Bank, the H.F. McCarty, Jr. Family Foundation, the W.A. Taylor Foundation, and other generous sponsors.

OCTOBER 2, 2018  Noon – 1 P.M. 
The Paddlefish in Mississippi: Living Fossil, Natural Resource, and Engineering Marvel

‪SPEAKER: Dr. Jan Hoover, Research Fisheries Biologist, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, (ERDC), Environmental Lab.,Vicksburg, MS.

‪Paddlefish have been known to science since the 1500’s, but many aspects of their biology, their value to humans, and their utility to military engineers are newly-emerging.  

Dr. Hoover will discuss recent studies of Paddlefish by the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, MS. 

This research documents how their ancient body plan has enabled Paddlefish to thrive in modern, frequently-impacted rivers, how their distinctive biology provides high-value commodities to society and important information to ecologists, and how their unique rostrum (or “paddle”) can be used by the military for the development of new defensive technologies.  

OCTOBER 26, 2018  6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Park After Dark

‪Enjoy spooky science and family fun!

MDWFP’s Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (MMNS) has partnered with the Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM)) and LeFleur’s Bluff State Park to host Park after Dark!

Create creepy crawly crafts, go trick-or-treating through both museums, and enjoy the evening’s activities while wearing your costumes at this spook-tacular event. 

One night, one ticket, two museums!

MCM, MMNS and LeFleur’s Bluff State Park seek to provide families with a safe and fun environment to celebrate fall festivities.

Additional information and Ticket pre-sales will be available at www.mschildrensmuseum.org in early October.

‪NOVEMBER 6, 2018  Noon – 1 p.m.
Conserving Mississippi’s Coastal Birds

SPEAKER: Molly Folkerts Caldwell, Coastal Biologist, Audubon Mississippi Coastal Bird Stewardship Program, Moss Point, MS

Molly will discuss Audubon’s work monitoring the protecting coastal birds on the Mississippi coast including Audubon Coastal Bird Surveys, an ongoing community science effort to monitor coastal bird populations.

In addition, she will talk about their breeding bird stewardship efforts, which involve protecting and monitoring beach-nesting species such as the Least Tern, Black Skimmer, Snowy Plover, and Wilson’s Plover. FREE for Members.

NOVEMBER 20, 2018  10 a.m. – Noon
WILD about Gobblers

Big feathery fun and special activities for all ages! 

Meet LIVE turkeys (and a turkey vulture) from Freedom Ranch Outreach, examine turkey feathers under a microscope, investigate “egg-cellent” anatomy, and learn how to conserve turkey populations with MDWFP’s turkey program coordinator Adam Butler! 

This family-friendly mini-event has something for everyone as we prepare for Thanksgiving. 

FREE with museum admission: $6 for adults, $4 for youth ages 3 and up, Under 3 are FREE, Museum Members are FREE

‪DECEMBER 7 and DECEMBER 8, 2018  6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Snow Much Fun! (New Event)

ADVANCE TICKET:  $8 adult/$4 child; AT DOOR:  $10 adult/$6 child. Memberships do not apply to this event.

Check back here for event description – coming soon.

DECEMBER 14, 2018  10 a.m. – Noon
STEM with Snowflakes

‪Experiment with instant snow, make your own paper snowflakes, explore the fascinating properties of dry ice, and hear the wonderful story of “Snowflake Bentley” – the naturalist and photographer who first successfully captured snowflakes on film. $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!