Spaces are limited for the programs and seminars. To reserve a seat, please contact the Visitor Education Center (VEC).
*NEW* Virtual Geocaching Adventure: Available each day.
March 20 & April 17– Birdhouse Programs (2:00 p.m. each day)
Youth and adults will use outdoor paints to decorate birdhouses made from gourds. Anyone participating in these activities should wear appropriate clothing for the crafts.
Pre-registration is required. Programs will be limited to 20 participants each day. Programs will be held outdoors if weather allows. Tables will be socially distanced, and masks are required.
April 17th program to be rescheduled.
April 1 - July 1 (Handmade Lure Temporary Display)
The display features various lures created by local fishing enthusiast, Lee Upchurch. The collection includes crappie jigs, spinnerbaits, bass jigs, and various top water flies.
May 10 – Youth Art Contest Deadline
Students across Mississippi are invited to get outdoors and participate in the 2021 North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Youth Art Contest. Each student must submit a portfolio including entry form and artwork to the Visitor Education Center (VEC) by May 10, 2020.
The contest is sponsored by the Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. Winners in four age categories will have their work published in the Mississippi Outdoors magazine and will receive a complimentary copy of the magazine displaying their work. Winners will also receive gift cards and have their work posted on the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ website.
Summer Gyotaku Programs (2:00 p.m. each day):
- June 12
- June 26
- July 10
- July 24
Gyotaku programs. Gyotaku is the traditional Japanese method of printing fish. Using rubber fish stamps and ink, adults and youth will be able to create fish prints of species found in Mississippi: freshwater drum, green sunfish, largemouth bass, common carp, and bluegill. This is a fun program that combines science with art. (Younger participants, ages 7 and under, will create fish art from their handprints.) Participants should wear appropriate clothing for these activities.
Pre-registration is required. Space will be limited for each class. Tables will be spaced, and masks are required.
Oct 2 - Tree ID Seminar (2:00 p.m.)
Brady Self, the Northwest Mississippi Forestry Specialist with MSU Extension will present a Tree Identification program at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) Visitor Education Center (VEC).
The tree identification course is for anyone interested in learning how to identify trees occurring in north Mississippi. The program will consist of a presentation and a hands-on field tour of the trees located around the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery and Visitor Education Center.
These events are free with the price of admission. Admission is $2.50 for adults ages 18-59, and $2.00 for youth ages 3-17 and adults over the age of 60. For additional information, or to pre-register for the event, call the VEC at (662) 563-8068.