Media Contact
Dee Gardner
Manager of Public Relations & Marketing, MMNS Foundation
2148 Riverside Drive
Jackson, Mississippi 39202-1353

Phone: 601-576-6000
Fax: 601-354-7227

Welcome to our Media/News Room, where you will find the most current information on exhibits, news, and events taking place at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. As time and space permit, we archive such materials for your convenience (see bottom of page). For press information on our parent agency, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, click on MDWFP

News Releases & Media Kits
If you are a member of the media, you've come to the right place. Here you will find general information and downloadable images from the Museum, plus news releases and other detailed information on our Special Exhibits and Special Events.

Read the current edition of our award-winning Natural Newsline as a downloadable PDF suitable for printing. To receive the print edition of Natural Newsline by mail, join the Museum Foundation today.

Annual Report
We proudly present our current fiscal year Annual Report for Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Foundation as a downloadable PDF suitable for printing.

We announce Museum news, awards and special programs here.

Museum Expands Research Facility
Matt_microscope_adj_smThe Museum recently opened an expansion of its existing collections and laboratory space which houses more than one million scientific specimens. Before the construction of this 19,000 square foot addition, many of our collections were at or near storage capacity.

Why are these one million specimens important and what does the Museum staff do with them?  Much of what we understand about our world, we owe to the collection, preservation, and study of natural specimens. Properly preserved collections of plants, animals, and fossils are libraries of Earth's history, and are vital to our ability to learn about the past and future.

This knowledge helps guide decision making that leads to healthy ecosystems which benefit our citizens now and into the future. The work undertaken as far back as the 1930's by the Museum's first director, Miss Fannye Cooke, still impacts us today. And the work that this Center engages in now will impact the lives of our children and their grandchildren.

Click here for "Natural Science Collections: America's Great Scientific Resource".

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Megan Fedrick, Education Coordinator, was recently named "Informal Science Educator of the Year" by the Mississippi Science Teachers Association.  "Megan has been teaching about wildlife and conservation since college.  The Museum is fortunate to have Megan share her knowledge and enthusiasm for the natural world and conservation with our visitors, students, and teachers," said Museum Assistant Director Angel Rohnke.

Angel Rohnke, Assistant Musem Director,  was selected as a participant in the Southeastern Museums Conference Jekyll Island Management Institute.  Angel was awarded the Mississippi Museums Association scholarship. 


New & Seasonal Programs
Growing Up WILD
growingUpWILDLogoThe Mississippi Museum of Natural Science will serve as the state's primary sponsor of Growing Up WILD, a national early childhood education and training program for educators and caregivers of children ages 3-7 which provides educators with tools to connect young children to nature.
Click here for details.



Girl Scout / Cub Scout Programs
The Museum can help your scout group earn badges naturally! Call and book your group program today. Reservations required two weeks in advance.
For more information, download the Girl Scout and Cub Scout flyer.

Teacher Resources & Workshops
boy_scoutUpdated Teacher's Guide Available
Check out the Museum's updated "Teacher's Guide" to museum features, services and procedures for planning field trips and making use of learning materials available for loan. Click here for details.

School Planner Calendar 2013
School Planner Exhibits 2013-14
Teacher Workshops
For details, contact:
Angel Rohnke at or
Megan Fedrick at or call 601-576-6000.

Exhibit Updates

Creature Comforts Thursdays on MPB
Creature-Comforts-webCheck out Creature Comforts on MPB Think Radio! Each week, Libby Hartfield, Director of the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science brings a specialist into the studio to answer your questions about various animals we see in Mississippi. And of course, Dr. Troy Majure, a veterinarian at the Animal Medical Center of Jackson answers your pet questions. Each week, you'll learn more about the animals that live in our homes and the animals who live in the world around us. You'll also find out more about family-friendly exhibits and events at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson. Email your pet and animal questions to and listen to Creature Comforts Thursday mornings at 9 on MPB Think Radio. Visit for more information. 

Endowment Fund
fundingThe Mississippi Museum Museum of Natural Science Foundation has joined forces with the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson to establish an endowment fund account designated for the Museum. The goal of the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson is to create plans that honor the wishes of its donors. A CFGJ endowment fund directs your gift to a designated charity or purpose. You identify the Museum as the recipient to benefit through your gift and CFGJ makes the annual distribution. This agreement will augment future donations through investments, collectively managed to yield annual earnings for the Museum and to go back into the principle to help it grow even more.  


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