The 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.


Winter Camp

Winter Camp is a partial day camp designed just for inquisitive and active minds ages 3 - 5 (campers must be potty trained). Space is limited to 15 campers so register soon!

Each day we will be on the museum grounds hiking, exploring, meeting live animals, and creating fun crafts. We will learn about wintery science topics including snow, ice, and animal hibernation. In a guided and creative setting, children discover how exciting and fun the great outdoors can be even during winter!

CAMPERS MUST BE FULLY POTTY TRAINED. The museum will provide a morning snack. If you want to send an additional snack with your child, pack NUT FREE SNACKS (i.e. NO PEANUT BUTTER, ALMONDS, TRAIL MIX WITH NUTS, NUTELLA, OR ITEMS MADE IN A FACTORY THAT PROCESSES NUTS.)

OF NOTE: Please have children wear comfortable shoes and clothing suitable for the weather as we will be OUTSIDE on the museum's trails for a few activities.


  • December 16 – December 18
  • 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • $100.00 for Members
  • $120.00 for non-members
  • Early drop off at 8:30 a.m.
  • *Late pickup will result in Late Fees of $10.00 per 10 minutes*

To register, visit:



For groups, a variety of programs provide natural world enlightenment for little ones and their caregivers by reservation. Please see "Preschool Room Reserved Group Access Times" below. 

For information or to reserve a class time, call Yolanda Hawkins at (601) 576-6000.

Field Trip Reservation Form


Preschool Room Visitor Hours & Programs

Children 5 and under with caregivers

Mon - Fri 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Sat 9:30a.m. - Noon & 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Sun 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.


Story Time  (Ages 3 -5)
Bring your children (ages 3 -5) to Story Time in the Preschool Discovery Room to hear a story and make a craft. Sometimes, we even get to meet a live animal! Included with regular museum admission. Free for Members.

Schedule (except June and July: see below)
Wed - 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. & 3:15 p.m.

Summer Schedule (June - July) 
Tues & Thurs - 10:15 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.

Hear a story, make a craft, and MEET AN ANIMAL!


Preschool Room Reserved Group Access Times

Fall / Winter / Spring Schedule (Aug - May)
Mon - Fri 9 a.m., 9:45 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

Summer Schedule (June - July)
Wed and Fri 9 a.m., 9:45 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

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


Preschool Summer Camp

Check back here for details and to register for our 2020 summer camps. We offered two options in 2019: Preschool Camp (which is a drop-off day camp) and My Grown Up and Me (which is a free, one hour camp every Monday in July for campers and their caregivers).






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