Saturday April 05, 2014   10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Location:  MS Museum of Natural Science

County:  Hinds

For more information please contact the Visitor Information Specialist at 601-576-6000.

Spend the Day in the Middle of Nature

Get ready for a wild adventure at NatureFEST! 2014!  It's a festival, a nature outing, and a fascinating Museum trip all wrapped into one exciting day!

Click here to watch the NatureFEST 2014 Spotlight Video!

Click here to purchase advance tickets. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

Click here to download Activities Map.

Click here to download Schedule of Events.

Click here to download the Flyer.

Join us as we celebrate recently reaching our 2 millionth visitor and our 14th year in our new museum building!  Register to win door prizes and one Grand Prize: lunch and a behind-the-scenes tour with the Museum Director in May!  Plus, have fun with your family in our interactive photo booth with animal props! Each family receives a free commemorative photo!

From live reptiles to watching divers feed the fish in our giant aquariums, NatureFEST! offers something for everyone.

Lots of animals including a scorpion, toad, tortoise, turtle, anaconda, alligator, raven, eagle owl, lemur, mandrill, otter, bearcat, and leopard from The Wild World of Animals will be at the Museum, along with their delightfully funny and charismatic handler, Grant Kemmerer, III. His entrancing and fast paced edutainment program is recognized as one of the top education and teaching shows in the world!  Click here to learn more.

And that's just the beginning of the wildness in store for the whole family at NatureFEST!

Nationally ranked up-close magician Robert Day will also dazzle you with his talents. Click here to learn more.

Families and young budding scientists won't want to miss live demonstrations of intriguing Mississippi reptiles including presentations by Terry "The Snake Man" Vandeventer, divers feeding fish in our giant 100,000-gallon aquarium system, behind-the-scenes tours of the Museum and collections, opportunities to visit with top scientists, and a chance to see both of our visiting special exhibits - A Forest Journey and Nature's Numbers.

See our newest small aquarium which is home to chambered nautiluses, bat stars, sea urchins, and other fascinating creatures.  And don't miss our new exhibit of the dinosaur bone donated to the Museum by "American Pickers"!

Outdoor enthusiasts can explore our Native Plant Garden and nature trails or take part in guided tours.

Aquatic adventurers can hop in a canoe and paddle down the Pearl River with John Rusky of the Quapaw Canoe Company (Note: canoe rides dependent on trail and water conditions.)

Live music by Pat Brown and the New Millennium Band!

Food vendors include: Back Yard Burgers, Bruster's Real Ice Cream, and Tito's Tacos.

NatureFEST! takes place Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Museum. Check back here and for updates on NatureFEST! activities. Activities and schedule are subject to change.

 Naturefest animal

          WIld World of Animals

  Nicole at NatureFEST

NatureFEST Touch Tank

 Fish Feeding  

Bat Star Aquarium

New aquarium

Star fish

Naturefest collection tour