preschool_square_kidsThe Museum's hands-on preschool Discovery Room is a tiny space with big ideas, designed especially for children ages 3 through pre-kindergarten 5. Here children can climb a tree, play with puppets, visit animal habitats, and listen to captivating stories under the guidance of experienced and inspirational preschool education staff. A variety of programs provide natural world enlightenment for little ones and their caregivers in group classes by reservation.

For information or to reserve a class time,
call Joan Elder at 601-576-6031.


Visitor Access

Children 5 and under with caregivers
Mon - Fri 1:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
Sat 9:30a.m. - Noon & 1:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
Sun 1:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.

Time for Twos
(ages 2 & under)
Every second Tues 9:30a.m. to 12p.m.

Story Time  (Ages 3 -5)
Fall / Winter / Spring Schedule (Aug - May) 
Wed - 1:15p.m., 2:15p.m. & 3:15p.m.
Summer Schedule (June - July) 
Tues & Thurs - 10:15a.m. & 11:15a.m.

(The Preschool Room will be open during the published times if a staff member or volunteer is available. The schedule is subject to change.)

Reserved Group Access
Fall / Winter / Spring Schedule (Aug - May)
Mon - Fri 9:00a.m., 9:45a.m. & 10:30a.m.
Summer Schedule (June - July)
Wed and Fri 9:00a.m., 9:45a.m. & 10:30a.m.

Preschool Summer Camp
Preschool Camp is scheduled each year in two duplicate sessions, offering hands-on natural science experiences for children, ages 3-prek5, and their caregivers.  Each camp session is designed for 20 participants, (ten children, each with one adult), and occurs on three consecutive Mondays.  Click the links below for camp times. Campers meet in the Preschool Room.

The topic for 2015 is: "AWE! - Alligtors, Weather, and Earthworms"

Please call Joan Elder, Preschool Coordinator, for details at 601-576-6031 or our main number at 601-576-6000.



Joan Elder, Preschool Coordinator, was awarded the 2013 Helen Harley Award by the Mississippi Early Childhood Association, an affiliate of the Southern Early Childhood Association. Joan also recently received the 2012 Mississippi Science Teachers Association Outstanding Informal Educator award and the 2011 Mississippi Project WILD Facilitator of the Year award. Joan's enthusiasm and knowledge of wildlife & early childhood education encourages all Mississippians to explore the outdoors with excitement and curiosity.