Education Resources

The Museum offers object kits and videos free of charge, as well as a variety of learning materials for purchase in the Museum's Dragonfly Shoppe. Topic-specific object kits contain examples, information, and activities appropriate for grades three through twelve. With more than 100 video titles available, the Museum is pleased to support any learning experience.

Object Kits for Loan 
resources_square_objectkit Loan kits are available for pickup at the Museum. Kits are loaned out for one week. Loan kits may be mailed to teachers outside the Jackson area. The teacher will be responsible for the postage to return the kit to the Museum. Most object kits contain information and activities appropriate for grades three to six. All teachers must reserve items a few weeks in advance and are responsible for their safe return. To schedule your next kit, email our Conservation Educator.




 Subject areas include:

  • Fossils, Rocks, and Minerals
  • Butterflies
  • Invertebrates: No Bones to Pick
  • Mammal Skulls
  • Mussels: A Key to Freshwater Clams
  • Tracks and Trails of Mississippi
  • Mammals
  • Plants
  • Seashells
  • Birds
  • Black Bear Kit

Videos for Loan
The Museum's lending program has more than 100 videos (DVD & VHS)-most available for a week loan, and up to two titles may be borrowed at a time. Videos must be requested at least two (2) weeks in advance. Videos are mailed to teachers outside the Jackson area and should be returned promptly via mail or U.P.S. Teachers are responsible for return postage. Call or email  the education staff for more detailed information about videos.

Subject areas include:

  • Animal Behavior
  • Animals - General
  • Birds
  • Black Bears
  • Earth Science / Physical Science
  • Ecosystems and Food Webs
  • Endangered Species / Biodiversity
  • Fish / Fishing
  • Fossils, Rocks and Minerals
  • Habitats / Loss of Habitats
  • Health
  • Insects / Other Invertebrates
  • Issues / Environmental
  • Mammals
  • Plants
  • Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Scientific Method
  • Water / Water Conservation
  • Where Land Meets the Water
  • Miscellaneous

Popular titles include:

  • Eyewitness Videos
    Grades 2-Adult, 10 Titles,
    35 min. each
  • 3-2-1 Contact Classroom Series
    Grades 2-5, 29 Titles,
    15 min. each
  • Bill Nye, The Science Guy
    Grades 4-Adult, 18 Segments,
    30 min. each
  • PBS Dinosaur Series
    Grades 4-Adult, 4 Titles,
    60 min. each
  • National Audubon Society's  Video Guides to the Birds  of North America
    Grades High School-Adult
  • See How They Grow Videos
    Grades Pre-K-1, 3 Titles
  • Mississippi's Endangered Species
    Grade 4-Adult

Resources for Sale
The Dragonfly Shoppe is open from 9am to 4:30pm 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.  more...


Kids Corner
For Pre-K through high school students, Kids Club offers games, puzzles, and other fun activities related to the Museum's permanent and special exhibits.  more...


Invasive Species
Have aliens invaded your neighborhood? The answer is probably yes! Currently there are some 50,000 plant and animal species of foreign origin established in the United States. more...


Endangered Species Packet and List
An informative packet on Mississippi's endangered species, complete with photos and statistics is available by calling the Museum ($3) or as a free download here  (document is 199 pages). 
Download MS Endangered List  here.

Teachers Guide
The Museum provides a  Teachers Guide to Museum features, services, and procedures for planning field trips and making use of learning materials available for loan. 


Scout Program
Girl & Cub/Boy Scouts
The Museum can help your scout group of 10 to 25 earn badges naturally! Call and book your group today. Reservations required two weeks in advance.
For more information, download the
 Girl Scout and Cub Scout flyer.