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Staff Awards and Publications


Congratulations to our staff members for their recent publications and recognition.


  • Corey Wright, Mississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities Torchbearer (2017)
  • George Phillips, 2015 Visit Jackson Hometown Hero
  • Nicole Smith, 2015 Project WILD Facilitator of the Year
  • Angel Rohnke, 2015 Project WILD Coordinator of the Year and Finger Lakes Community College “Outstanding Conservation Alumni Achievement Award”



Museum Conservation Biology Section team member George Phillips is published in the latest issue of PalZ (Paläontologische Zeitschrift). George’s published work regards a new genus and species of crab from the Cretaceous Period Mississippi. View the article at:


Mann, T. M., and D. L. Mann. 2017. Seasonal migration by a terrestrial salamander, Plethodon websteri (Webster’s Salamander). Herpetological Conservation and Biology 12:96-108.


Feist, S. M., T. M. Mann, and D. L. Mann. 2017. Genetic characterization of Webster’s Salamander (Plethodon websteri) within a fragmented landscape, using novel microsatellites. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 12:85-95.


Dr. Bob Jones has been published in Conservation Biology of Freshwater Turtles and Tortoises. This work regards the conservation status of the Pearl River Map Turtle. Phillips has been published in the journal Cretaceous Research. The work regards a method for dating fossil shark tooth material. Click on the links above to read the publications.



Museum Awards


The museum is honored to be recognized with these recent awards:

  • Best Museum for Kids & Favorite Jackson Area Attraction: Parents & Kids Magazine 2017 Family Favorites
  • M List Best Kid Attraction: Mississippi Magazine 2016 Best of Mississippi
  • Best Community Garden/Nature Attraction and Finalist for Best Museum, Best Tourist Attraction, and Best Kids' Event Park After Dark: Jackson Free Press 2017 Best of Jackson
  • Trip Advisor 2016 Certificate of Excellence


MDWFP's Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Named Travel Attraction of the Year 


The Museum was named the "2014 Escape to the Southeast Travel Attraction of the Year" by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS) at the Shining Example Awards Banquet on October 15, 2014.  STS is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of tourism throughout the Southeast. The Shining Example Awards recognize outstanding contributions in tourism in twelve Southeastern states. 


In addition to outstanding programming, fascinating exhibits, and dedication to tourism staff training, a key factor in the Museum's selection was the role that Museum staff has played in creating partnerships with local attractions to cross-promote one another and to develop new collaborative tourism products. 


"Shining Example Awards highlight some of the best work in travel and tourism, and winners truly set examples that others in the industry can follow," said Bill Hardman, STS President and CEO. "Showcasing great work is important because tourism is the largest, second-largest, or third-largest industry in every Southeastern state."




LeFleur Museum District 






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Bringing together four uniquely amazing museums - Mississippi's Sports Hall of Fame, Children's Museum, Ag Museum, and Museum of Natural Science - the District offers limitless wondrous possibilities.



From unforgettable moments in sports history to imagination-filled times with your kids. A chance to relive the magic of small town life, early aviation, and agriculture, combined with adventures on the wild side with dinosaurs and other wildlife. Come see and experience the LeFleur Museum District for yourself. The first thing you'll wonder is where in the world to begin.


The LeFleur Museum District includes 2 museums on Lakeland Drive and 2 museums on Museum Boulevard. Lakeland Drive and Museum Boulevard intersect one block east of Interstate 55 on Lakeland Drive in Jackson, MS.


Click here to download the LeFleur Museum District Rack Card.


Click here to purchase a discounted LeFleur Museum District Pass.

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