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Science Museum to Host “Birdsong and Bluegrass” Event on May 7

JACKSON—The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science invites you to a new event: “Birdsong and Bluegrass” on Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Bryan Ledford & the Accumulators and The Vernon Brothers will entertain museum visitors, and food will be available for purchase. “Good food, good music, and birdsong: what a great way to enjoy spring!” says Charles Knight, Museum Director.

Unleash Your Wild Side at “NatureFEST!” on April 2

JACKSON—The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science invites you to unleash your wild side at “NatureFEST!” on Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. “We are excited to welcome Wildlife Wonders’ exotic animal stage show and Freedom Ranch’s live raptors to this year’s festival!” says Charles Knight, Museum Director. The event is a festival, a nature outing, and a fascinating museum trip, all wrapped into one exciting day! Food will be available for purchase from several food trucks.

Museum “Summer Camp 2016” Online Registration Now Open

JACKSON—Remember those magical childhood summer days spent exploring the outdoors? This June, your children can experience similar adventures! Register your children for summer camp at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science. Age-appropriate camps include: “Go Outdooors … Camp!”, “Jr. Naturalist Camp”, and “Field Camp” for children entering kindergarten through entering twelfth grade.

Museum to Host Virtual Tour of the Tropical Rainforest on March 1

JACKSON—Take a virtual tour of the tropics by night on Tuesday, March 1 from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. with Bill Lamar, Zoologist, Adjunct Professor of Biology at the University of Texas at Tyler, and Co-Founder of GreenTracks Tour Co, Inc. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science will host "Things that Go ‘Bump’ in the Night: The Tropical Rainforest After Dark" in the museum’s Rotwein Theater. The lecture is included with regular museum admission.

“Tiny Titans” Exhibit Hatching at Science Museum

JACKSON—Take a rare and exciting look at the life of dinosaurs through their eggs, nests, and embryos in theTiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babiesexhibit from January 23, 2016 – May 1, 2016 at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science! This remarkable hands-on exhibition includes more than 50 authentic dinosaur eggs and nests collected from all over the globe! “A captivating experience for all ages,Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies, invites visitors to touch a real dinosaur bone, dig for eggs, experience hands-on exploration stations, and view animated video presentations featuring well-known dinosaur experts!” explains Charles Knight, Museum Director.

“Museum Merriment” Events Offer Unique Opportunities for Family Fun

JACKSON— Make merry memories this holiday season at the award-winning Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science! “Make special memories with your family this season experimenting with ‘hot snow’, creating edible ornaments for wildlife, interacting with swamp animals, connecting with nature, and watching Santa dive to feed the fish in the aquariums!” invites Charles Knight, Museum Director. For details, please see the museum’s events calendar at www.mdwfp.com/museum.

“Southeast’s Travel Attraction of the Year” Enhances Group Tour Options

JACKSON— Motorcoach group tour operators are invited to take a walk on the wild side with their groups this fall at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science! Museum staff has enhanced the special programs offered to group tours at the “Escape to the Southeast Travel Attraction of the Year”. Tour operators may choose from three tour options, which may include these special programs:

Museum Seeks SCUBA Qualified Volunteer Divers

JACKSON— Are you a SCUBA certified diver searching for a unique volunteer opportunity? If so, then call the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science! The museum currently needs SCUBA certified volunteers to help the aquarium staff with diving, hand feeding the fish, and cleaning tanks. Interested divers should call Museum Volunteer Services at (601) 576-6000 for further details.

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.

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.

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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