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Phillips Named “Hometown Hero” by Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau

JACKSON— George Phillips, Paleontology Curator at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science, was recently named a “Hometown Hero” by the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau. Phillips is a respected researcher and an exemplary ambassador for science to the state of Mississippi. The state’s fossil collection has grown to more than eight times its original size under Phillips’ stewardship over the past eleven years. George was recently featured on the History Channel’s hit show,American Pickers, and he was even able to charm the show’s hardened deal-drivers into donating a valuable duck-billed dinosaur femur, originally collected in Mississippi, to the museum!

Rohnke and Smith Receive Prestigious “Project WILD” Awards

JACKSON— Project WILD’s Council for Environmental Education recently recognized two Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science staff members for their outstanding contributions to conservation education. The museum’s assistant director, Angel Rohnke, was named the “2015 Rudolph J. H. Schafer Outstanding Coordinator” and conservation educator, Nicole Smith, was named the “Mississippi Project WILD Facilitator of the Year”. Project WILD links students and wildlife through its mission to provide wildlife-based conservation and environmental education that fosters responsible actions toward wildlife and related natural resources.

Slithering Fun at “Snake Day: Mississippi Style” on June 2

JACKSON—The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science will host “Snake Day: Mississippi Style” on Tuesday, June 2 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Live snakes will be exhibited with experts on-hand to answer your questions plus two interactive snake discussions will be led by herpetologist Bryan Fedrick. The event is also Scout friendly. Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi will earn the “MDWFP Museum of Natural Science Snake Day Patch” and Boy Scouts will meet several requirements forthe “Reptile and Amphibian merit badge”.

“Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs” Opens May 30

JACKSON—The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science is unleashing the largest and most comprehensive exhibition ever created on dogs! The museum, recently named the “Escape to the Southeast Travel Attraction of the Year” by the Southeast Tourism Society, will host the exhibit from May 30, 2015 through January 3, 2016. This exhibit sniffs out the facts on the unique role of dogs in human societies. Learn the furry facts of canines, enter a howling area, test your sense of smell, and explore a search and rescue dog scene!

Rohnke Honored as Outstanding Alumnus

JACKSON — Angel Rohnke has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC) Outstanding Conservation Achievement Alumni Award. Rohnke is Assistant Director of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science.

Get Wild at “NatureFEST” - a “Southeast Top 20 Event”

JACKSON—The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science will host the15th Annual NatureFESTevent on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. “This year’sNatureFESTwill be a wild world adventure featuring the Wild World of Animals and a BioBlitz Discovery!” says museum director Charles Knight. The event is a festival, a nature outing, and a fascinating Museum trip, all wrapped into one exciting day. The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) recently recognizedNatureFESTas a “Top 20 Event”! According to STS, the best events across the Southeast compete to receive the prestigious “Top 20” designation. The Museum is also the current “Escape to the Southeast Travel Attraction of the Year”!

MDWFP Museum Summer Camp Registration Now Open

JACKSON—Remember those magical summer days from your youth spent exploring the outdoors? Now, your children can experience similar adventures! Register them for the “Go Outdooors … Camp” or the “Jr. Naturalist Camp” hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science to be held in June 2015! “Campers spend their time enjoying outdoor investigations and hands-on learning opportunities,” says Museum Education Coordinator Megan Fedrick. To register for camp, visit http://www.mdwfp.com/museum.aspx today. Spaces are limited to keep the camps as hands-on as possible. All camps cost $150 for Members and $175 for Non-Members.

MDWFP Museum to Host 12th Annual “Fossil Road Show” on March 7

JACKSON—Pack up your fossils and hit the road! The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science invites you to bring your fossil discoveries to the 12th Annual Fossil Road Show on Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. “Our team of scientists will provide their expert opinions about the ages and identities of your fossils,” says Museum Paleontology Curator George Phillips.
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