Media Alert: “Make a Splash” Photo Opportunity on September 25
JACKSON— On September 25 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., elementary students throughout Mississippi will attend the “Make a Splash” Project WET water education program at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science. This is the largest nationwide day of water education in the world! It is celebrated across the United States with water festivals, which are educational, fun, and interactive.
“Southeast’s Travel Attraction of the Year” Enhances Group Tour Options
JACKSON— Motorcoach group tour operators are invited to take a walk on the wild side with their groups this fall at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science! Museum staff has enhanced the special programs offered to group tours at the “Escape to the Southeast Travel Attraction of the Year”. Tour operators may choose from three tour options, which may include these special programs:
Museum Seeks SCUBA Qualified Volunteer Divers
JACKSON— Are you a SCUBA certified diver searching for a unique volunteer opportunity? If so, then call the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science! The museum currently needs SCUBA certified volunteers to help the aquarium staff with diving, hand feeding the fish, and cleaning tanks. Interested divers should call Museum Volunteer Services at (601) 576-6000 for further details.
Phillips Named “Hometown Hero” by Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau
JACKSON— George Phillips, Paleontology Curator at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science, was recently named a “Hometown Hero” by the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau. Phillips is a respected researcher and an exemplary ambassador for science to the state of Mississippi. The state’s fossil collection has grown to more than eight times its original size under Phillips’ stewardship over the past eleven years. George was recently featured on the History Channel’s hit show,American Pickers, and he was even able to charm the show’s hardened deal-drivers into donating a valuable duck-billed dinosaur femur, originally collected in Mississippi, to the museum!
Rohnke and Smith Receive Prestigious “Project WILD” Awards
JACKSON— Project WILD’s Council for Environmental Education recently recognized two Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science staff members for their outstanding contributions to conservation education. The museum’s assistant director, Angel Rohnke, was named the “2015 Rudolph J. H. Schafer Outstanding Coordinator” and conservation educator, Nicole Smith, was named the “Mississippi Project WILD Facilitator of the Year”. Project WILD links students and wildlife through its mission to provide wildlife-based conservation and environmental education that fosters responsible actions toward wildlife and related natural resources.
“Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs” Opens May 30
JACKSON—The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science is unleashing the largest and most comprehensive exhibition ever created on dogs! The museum, recently named the “Escape to the Southeast Travel Attraction of the Year” by the Southeast Tourism Society, will host the exhibit from May 30, 2015 through January 3, 2016. This exhibit sniffs out the facts on the unique role of dogs in human societies. Learn the furry facts of canines, enter a howling area, test your sense of smell, and explore a search and rescue dog scene!
Rohnke Honored as Outstanding Alumnus
JACKSON — Angel Rohnke has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC) Outstanding Conservation Achievement Alumni Award. Rohnke is Assistant Director of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science.
MDWFP Museum Summer Camp Registration Now Open
JACKSON—Remember those magical summer days from your youth spent exploring the outdoors? Now, your children can experience similar adventures! Register them for the “Go Outdooors … Camp” or the “Jr. Naturalist Camp” hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science to be held in June 2015! “Campers spend their time enjoying outdoor investigations and hands-on learning opportunities,” says Museum Education Coordinator Megan Fedrick. To register for camp, visit http://www.mdwfp.com/museum.aspx today. Spaces are limited to keep the camps as hands-on as possible. All camps cost $150 for Members and $175 for Non-Members.
MDWFP Museum to Host 12th Annual “Fossil Road Show” on March 7
JACKSON—Pack up your fossils and hit the road! The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science invites you to bring your fossil discoveries to the 12th Annual Fossil Road Show on Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. “Our team of scientists will provide their expert opinions about the ages and identities of your fossils,” says Museum Paleontology Curator George Phillips.