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Summer Opportunities

Institute for Marine Mammal Studies

At the Center for Marine Education and Research, visitors of all ages will be engaged in a fun, hands-on learning experience that will help them understand and appreciate the species that make our Gulf Coast waters unique. Explore 2,000 square feet of interactive exhibits and life-size replicas of sea creatures. Sift through the sand for a shark tooth and identify the species. Admire the marine inspired local art. Encounter the touch pool. Hold a horseshoe crab and get close with sea robins, sea stars and other marine animals. Observe saltwater and freshwater aquariums and analyze artifacts. Experience an underwater adventure on the big screen as films are also shown daily in our 180-seat auditorium.


Informal Science Education

J.L. Scott Marine Education Center & Aquarium (Biloxi, Mississippi) 228-374-5550

Upcoming events include: Jason X1V: From Shore to Sea, Jan. 27th - Feb. 7th, 2003, Wonders of Wetlands Teacher Mini Camp in March and May, Aquatic Nuisance Species Teacher Mini-Camp in April and May, and Wonders of Wetlands Drive-In Workshop in May. Project Marine Discovery: Evening at the Aquarium seminar programs will be promoting upcoming and current exhibits (such as the Wave Tank Exhibit, the Pascaguola Watershed Exhibit, and the Oceanography Exhibit) at the center, along with free, Saturday member programs for families of all ages.


The Lynn Meadows Discovery Center (Gulfport, Mississippi) 228-897-6039

provides a range of activities from Saturday gardening and art projects to teacher workshops. Eco-seeker programs for third through sixth grade will offer a variety of topics including an introduction to wetlands, backyard habitats, composting and worm bins, and raised bed gardening held at the center. Upcoming events: "Celebrate Seuss" on April 12th will provide hands on activities throughout the day, and on February 15th, the Bug-A-Rama workshop for teachers will incorporate the topic of entomology into the elementary classroom curriculum.


Crosby Arboretum (Picayune, Mississippi) 601- 799-2311

is the premier native plant conservatory of the Southeastern United States. On February 1st, the facility will hold a Mississippi Arbor Day Celebration by planting trees at the Arboretum. A paper-making workshop on February 7th will teach children to recycle old paper into useful items. A Project Learning Tree Teachers Workshop on February 8th is for educators to increase students understanding of the natural environment. In the remaining months, adult and children's workshops, exhibits, and activities will be offered to the public. Examples: "Wildlife Day" on March 21st, "Backyard Habitat Stewards Training" in April, "Exploring Ponds and Streams" on April 19th, and "Summer Nature Camp" in June and July. In August, noted area mycologist, Dr. William G. Cibula, will lecture on mushrooms found along the Arboretum's trail.


Crow's Neck Environmental Education Center (Tishomingo, Mississippi) 662-438-6751

in northeast Mississippi, is an overnight facility that host student groups around the state. At the center, there are five basic programs for all age levels: Ecology, Outdoor Skills, Project Earth, Evening and Leadership and Team-Building programming.


Noxubee Conservation Center (Starkville, Mississippi) 662-615-4171

offers a variety of hands-on programs that include topics such as ornithology, herpetology, dendrology, mammalogy, aquatic ecology, orienteering, art in nature, and the historical & cultural uses of the land. The center's Recycling Program Competition involving all the 5th grade classes in the Starkville School District will finalize at the end of February. The winning class will receive a sleep over at the center. The Refuge Staff at the center will be holding a Trail and Tree Hound Workshop. The Great Outdoor Backyard Bird Count will begin on February 14th through 17th at the center. For the remaining part of the month, they will have classes on migration, blue bird workshop, botany, and endangered species.


Plymouth Bluff Center (Columbus, Mississippi) 662-241-6214

offers a new series of public programs that will begin on March 11th and continue until the end of the spring semester. Sponsored by Mississippi University for Women, these programs, "Attracting Butterflies to the Garden,""The Beauty of Nature Exhibited in Award-Winning Photograph of Dr. Rose Hutchins," and "Illegal Collection of Native American Artifacts," will discuss topics that range from butterflies and birds to Indian Artifacts. Project WILD, Project WET, Project Learning Tree, and Waste in Place are programs being offered to pre-service teachers and classroom teachers. These programs will also benefit non-traditional educators in the field of wildlife and fisheries, forestry, water management, and waste management.


Clinton Community Nature Center (Clinton, Mississippi) 601-926-1104

provides a variety of programs to attract the community throughout the year. Pruning Perennials will be a hand on discussion of pruning given by a local Master Gardner on February 19th, and local bug experts on February 22nd will provide hands on activities with insects, spiders, scorpions and other spineless wonders to all ages. Lectures on Butterfly Gardening and Mississippi's Fabulous Ferns" will be presented in March. The center celebrates their own "Nature Day" on April 5th, which will provide fun, food, music, and children's activities. Discussions of insects, hands on activities with various ancient and modern fish, and discussions by the members of The Petrified Forest at Flora are some of the highlights. In June, the center will offer Nature Day-Camp 2003 to elementary aged children.

(no website) e-mail: ccnc617@hotmail.com

Mississippi Museum of Nature Science (Jackson, Mississippi) 601-354-7303

offers a variety of activities for all ages. Coming events include Project WET, Project WILD, and Project WILD Aquatic teacher education workshops both onsite at the Museum and other locations around the state. Spring field trip times are being reserved as the Museum brings in the exhibit, "Baby Dinos: A Prehistoric Playground." Several scout programs are also being presented throughout the school year. The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Competition 2003 deadline is March 15th. Winning artwork will be displayed at the Museum of Natural Science and Museum of Art. Classes for the preschool room are reserved through May. A preschool teacher's conference is planned for February 15th. Summer day camps will run from June through July.

Libby Hartfield, Director libby.hartfield@mmns.state.mus.us http://www.mdwfp.com/museum