For Pre-K through high school students, Kids Club offers games, puzzles, and other fun activities related to the Museum's permanent and special exhibits. These activities highlight things that you can see in the Museum and in nature. Also, check out our annual contests, giant outdoor maze and fossil stories from kids just like you!
Capture an Award-winning Moment
Our 4th annual "Back to Nature" photography contest ends on February 1, 2013. This photography contest is designed to encourage Museum visitors to venture out and capture the natural beauty of the wildlife and habitats seen on the grounds of the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and along the trails of LeFleur's Bluff State Park. Contestants are also allowed to enter photos that have been taken inside the Museum.
Winning contestants will receive awards and their photographs will be exhibited for all Museum visitors to see. For more details, call 601-576-6000 or download the official guidelines and entry form here .
The A-MAZE-ING Water Journey
Come take an incredible journey through exploration, scientific inquiry, artistic expression, and action. Visitors will experience the science behind water purity, and realize the power each individual has to make a difference. Mazes are a powerful learning tool. The synergy between the physical act of exploring a maze while mentally interacting with the curriculum engages and educates visitors of all ages and creates a memorable experience.
Campers Discover Prehistoric Croc Teeth
Madison County students Jack Bates, 9, and Keizia Davidson, 11, each excavated a crocodile tooth during two separate sessions of this summer's Camp Wild. The teeth are estimated to be about 55 million years old! The students were digging in the "fossil pile" at the Museum when they discovered the teeth. Several years ago, the pile was trucked into the Museum for educational purposes from a fossil rich deposit of the Bashi Formation at the infamous, old Red Hot Truck Stop in Meridian, MS.
The crocodile teeth are a rare find and are considered a "significant" find. Kezia and Jack are both written up in the Museum's database and the teeth are catalogued into the Museum's collection.
George Phillips, the Museum's Paleontology Curator, believes that the two teeth came from two different animals of the same species of Eosuchus or "dawn croc", a brackish water fish-eating crocodile found 55 million years ago, 10 million years after the time of the dinosaurs.
Harvey and Dalton's Fossil Finding
Pictured below are Harvey Huffstatler and his grandson Dalton Dear, both of Jackson, with an incredible fossil Harvey found near Bluff Springs in Union County. The fossil is a "steinkern," or internal cast, of a nautiloid, a marine mollusk from the genus Eutrephoceras. This creature was the ancestor of the chambered nautilus that exists today. Nautiloids like Harvey's were common in the Upper Cretaceous Period, about 65-85 million years ago. Many smaller nautiloids (like those pictured alongside the new find) have been unearthed in the northeastern and east-central parts of the state, but Harvey's fossil may be the largest nautiloid of this genus ever found!
Caitlin and Annie's Fossil Findings
Pictured below are Caitlin and Annie with fossils found on the Chickasawhay River near Waynesboro at the end of September 2006. Caitlin is holding the axis (2nd vertebra, in the neck) of an unidentified medium-sized ungulate (hoofed mammal), which is about the size of a deer. Annie is holding the lower half of the left femur (thigh bone) of a juvenile rhino.
Make sure you visit the Kids Corner often to check out new activities and news about the Museum!
Find the Facts Scavenger Hunt
Indoor Exhibit Scavenger Hunt
Museum Alphabet Scavenger Hunt
Frogs Activity Sheet
Venomous Snake Activity Sheet
Tracks and Trails of Mississippi Wildlife Activity Sheet
Games, Puzzles, Coloring Pages
10 Things Kids Can Do To Help The Environment Bookmark
Giant Insects Word Puzzle Page
Wildflowers Crossword Puzzle Page
T-Rex Teaser Word Puzzle Page
Predator and Prey Trivia & Maze Page
Turtle Coloring Page