MMNS Events


Saturday, April 6, 2019

Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Location: MDWFP's Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

County: Hinds

For more information please contact the Visitor Information Specialist at 601-576-6000 or by email at

Get ready for a wild adventure at NatureFEST 2019! It’s a festival, a nature outing, and a fascinating museum trip all wrapped into one exciting day!

Note: NatureFEST is happening rain or shine, but the schedule and activities are subject to change, depending on the weather. Most outdoor activities can be moved indoors, if needed.

Download Your NatureFEST 2019 Events Schedule and Map Here.

From live animal programs with Freedom Ranch Outreach Education to fish feedings by divers in our aquariums, "NatureFEST!" offers something for everyone. Families and young budding scientists won't want to miss live reptile programs with Terry Vandeventer, “The Snake Man” of Mississippi”, citizen scientist explorations through the on-site Bio-Blitz, and behind-the-scenes tours with our scientists.

Outdoor enthusiasts can explore the museum’s native plant garden, play nature games and outdoor bowling, picnic with food from Crunchtime Concessions, Pizza Shack, and Bruster’s Ice Cream (not included with admission), and take a self-directed hike on our beautiful springtime trails.

Everyone will be fascinated by Todd Smith Magic!

See museum founder, Fannye Cook, in the form of living history interpreter and scientist, Cathy Shropshire, in a specially adapted field tent from Upcountry Camp on the museum’s front lawn. Meet and talk with Fannye  about her life and research that  led to the establishment of Mississippi’s Game and Fish Commission (now known as the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks) and the museum.

Painted Faces by Emily Schmidt will be here, too (Designs start at $6 payable to Painted Faces, not included with admission)!

$6 for adults, $4 for youth ages 3 and up. Ages under 3 are FREE.  Museum Members are FREE.

*schedule, animals, vendors, and activities subject to change





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