For Teachers

teachers at mississippi museum of natural science workshops
Hands-on workshops you don't want to miss!



Get details about the "Attack of the Bloodsuckers" exhibit and get field trip information.



Museum staff members provide training statewide for teachers of all subjects and grade levels - either in your school or at the Museum.

Workshops include internationally recognized environmental education programs like "Project WILD", "Project WET", "Growing UP WILD", and several more - with CEU credits available. Scroll to the bottom of this page to learn more about these programs.

These workshops are also excellent for informal educators such as scout, camp, and youth leaders!  



SPRING BREAK 2024 TEACHER WORKSHOPS - all will be held at the Museum.

  • CEU VALUE PER WORKSHOP: 0.6 CEUs from Mississippi College

  • COST PER WORKSHOP: $30.00 non-refundable registration fee, $10.00 cash or check due to Mississippi College on the day of the workshop if requesting CEUs.

  • NOTE: Please bring your lunch and a reusable water bottle. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing suitable for the weather as we will be outside for some activities.


Monday, March 11, 2024
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Register here!


DESCRIPTION: Join us as we explore the different life cycles of various living organisms in the plant and animal kingdoms, through engaging, hands-on activities. This workshop is open to all educators but focuses primarily on elementary and middle grade standards.


Tuesday, March 12, 2024
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Register here!

DESCRIPTION: How important is water to the human body? How does our body use water? Aqua Bodies provides educators with engaging ways to teach students the many ways our bodies use water and why water is essential for our health.

Wednesday, March 13, 2024
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Register here!

DESCRIPTION: Fly into spring at MMNS as we learn the ins and outs of pollination! Discover some unlikely pollinator friends, and six intriguing activities to incorporate in your classrooms to get kids buzzing with excitement about pollination. This Project WILD workshop is catered primarily for Elementary to Middle School teachers, though the activities and lesson plans in Project WILD can be acclimated to any age group from K through 12th.

Thursday, March 14, 2024
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Register here!

DESCRIPTION: WILD about STEM is an engaging, environmental education workshop that supports Kindergarten through 12th grade education. Formal and non-formal educators will learn science, technology, engineering and mathematics content in collaboration with activities that focus on wildlife that assist learners in developing a knowledge, awareness and appreciation for their natural environment.

Friday, March 15, 2024
9 A.M. - 3 P.M.
Register here!

DESCRIPTION: "Renewable", "Going Green"? You hear these buzzwords often, but what do they really mean? Join us for this workshop to explore sustainable ideas about how to make your home and classroom greener and better for you, your neighbors, and the planet.


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(click both links above to download the Teacher's Guide)

Everything you need to know about field trips and Museum resources in one convenient download.

School Planner Calendar:
Download the 2023 Summer & Fall School Planner Calendar featuring upcoming events at the Museum. 



Please Pardon our Progress – Loan kits are temporarily unavailable as we update them.

Resource kits are available for pickup at the Museum. Kits are loaned out for one week. 

Resource kits may be mailed to teachers outside the Jackson area; however, the teacher will be responsible for mailing the kit back to the museum and return postage.

Only one kit may be checked out at a time and check outs may be scheduled in advance.

Resource kits need to be returned to the Museum by or on their scheduled due date, including those which are shipped.

Subject areas include:

  • Fossils, Rocks, and Minerals
  • Butterflies
  • Invertebrates
  • Mammal Skulls
  • Birds
  • Tracks and Trails
  • Black Bears 
  • Black Bear Math & Reading Kit



The Dragonfly Shop, the Museum's gift shop, is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and offers a thoughtful selection of books, posters, puzzles, models, puppets, and fossils that coordinate with current exhibitions and educational programming. Most items promote education and the natural wonders of our state.

(Curriculum, Teacher's Guide, Endangered Species Booklet, Scavenger Hunts, Games, Puzzles, Coloring Pages)

Growing Up Wild Curriculum
Project WILD 2010 State Curriculum Correlations
MMNS Teacher Guide

Endangered Species Booklet: An informative booklet on Mississippi's endangered species, complete with photos and statistics, is available at the Museum. Please inquire at the front desk. Limit: one ES booklet per teacher. Or, the booklet is available to download for free here (document is 199 pages). Download MS Endangered List here.

Scavenger Hunts

4th-6th grade scavenger hunt
4th-6th grade scavenger hunt key
7th-12th grade scavenger hunt
7th-12th grade scavenger hunt key
College level scavenger hunt
College level scavenger hunt key
Indoor Exhibit Scavenger Hunt
Museum Alphabet Scavenger Hunt

Games, Puzzles, Coloring Pages

Megalodon Activity Guide
Frogs Activity Sheet
Giant Insects Word Puzzle Page
Wildflowers Crossword Puzzle Page
T-Rex Teaser Word Puzzle Page 
Predator and Prey Trivia & Maze Page
Turtle Coloring Page
Venomous Snake Activity Sheet
Tracks and Trails of Mississippi Wildlife Activity Sheet


More About Teacher Education Programs at the Museum



Project WILD is an interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program emphasizing wildlife that is designed for educators of kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Project WILD capitalizes on the natural interest that children and adults have in wildlife by providing hands-on activities that enhance all subject and skill areas and by addressing the need for human beings to develop as responsible citizens of our planet. 

The program provides effective methods to teach problem-solving and decision making while teaching students how to think, not what to think. Materials include two activity guides for K-12 grade educators: the Project WILD K-12 Activity Guide focuses on wildlife and habitat, and the Project Wild Aquatic Guide emphasizes aquatic wildlife and aquatic ecosystems. 

Project WILD educational materials are provided to educators through practical,  interactive 6-hour workshops. Contact Project Wild Coordinator...



Project WILD Aquatic is a conservation education program focused on aquatic wildlife and ecosystems for K-12 educators and their students. Project WILD Aquatic capitalizes on the natural interest that children and adults have in aquatic wildlife by providing hands-on activities that enhance student learning in all subject and skill areas. Contact Project Wild Aquatic Coordinator...


Project WET  is a program similar to Project WILD but with its own curriculum and activity guide for kindergarten through twelfth grades. It is a collection of innovative, water-related activities that are hands-on, easy-to-use and fun! 

Activities incorporate a variety of formats, such as large and small group learning, whole body movement, laboratory investigations, discussion of local and global topics, and involvement in community service projects. People's relationships to water are a major theme of the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide. Providing a thorough water education program, the guide also addresses water's chemical and physical properties, quantity and quality issues, aquatic wildlife, ecosystems, and management strategies. 

Project WET activities promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills and help provide young people with the knowledge and experience they will need to make prudent decisions regarding water resource use. 

Project WET educational materials are provided to educators through 6-hour workshops. 
Contact Project WET Coordinator.


Flying WILD introduces students to bird conservation through standards-based classroom activities and environmental stewardship projects. Flying WILD encourages schools to work closely with conservation organizations, community groups, and businesses involved with birds to implement school bird festivals and bird conservation projects. This workshop is for teachers that work with grades K-12. Contact Flying WILD Coordinator....



Growing Up WILD features new activities designed to stimulate young children in new and exciting ways while connecting them to nature and many of its wonders. Growing Up WILD is a national early childhood initiative that builds literacy skills and environmental appreciation among early learners through participation in engaging wildlife-based educational activities. This workshop is suggested for teachers that work with ages 3-7. Click Here for details. Contact Growing Up WILD Coordinator... 


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