Education Resources

The museum offers object kits free of charge, as well as a variety of learning materials for purchase in the Museum's Dragonfly Shoppe. Topic-specific object kits contain examples, information, and activities appropriate for grades three through twelve. 

Object Kits for Loan 


Loan kits are available for pickup at the museum. Kits are loaned out for one week. Loan kits may be mailed to teachers outside the Jackson area. The teacher will be responsible for the postage to return the kit to the museum. Most object kits contain information and activities appropriate for grades three to six. All teachers must reserve items a few weeks in advance and are responsible for their safe return. To schedule your next kit, email our Conservation Educator. 

Subject areas include:

  • Fossils, Rocks, and Minerals
  • Butterflies
  • Invertebrates
  • Mammal Skulls
  • Furs, Feathers, Skull, Skins, Scales
  • Mammals and Mammal Furs
  • Plants
  • Wetlands
  • Birds
  • Black Bears 

Resources for Sale
The Dragonfly Shoppe is open from 9am to 4:30pm and offers a thoughtful selection of books, posters, puzzles, models, puppets, and fossils that coordinate with current exhibitions and educational programming. Most items promote education and the natural wonders of our state.  more...

Teachers Guide
The museum provides a
Teachers Guide to museum features, services, and procedures for planning field trips and making use of learning materials available for loan. 

Growing Up Wild Curriculum
Project WILD 2010 State Curriculum Correlations



Endangered Species Booklet
An informative booklet on Mississippi's endangered species, complete with photos and statistics, is available at the museum. Please inquire at the front desk. Limit: one ES booklet per teacher. Or, the booklet is available to download for free here (document is 199 pages). Download MS Endangered List here.


Scavenger Hunts
Indoor Exhibit Scavenger Hunt
Museum Alphabet Scavenger Hunt
4th-6th grade scavenger hunt
4th-6th grade scavenger hunt key
7th-12th grade scavenger hunt
7th-12th grade scavenger hunt key
College level scavenger hunt
College level scavenger hunt key

Activity Sheets
Frogs Activity Sheet
Venomous Snake Activity Sheet
Tracks and Trails of Mississippi Wildlife Activity Sheet
Megalodon Activity Guide

Games, Puzzles, Coloring Pages
Giant Insects Word Puzzle Page
Wildflowers Crossword Puzzle Page
T-Rex Teaser Word Puzzle Page 
Predator and Prey Trivia & Maze Page
Turtle Coloring Page

Scout Program
Girl & Cub/Boy Scouts

The museum can help your scout group of 10 to 25 earn badges naturally! Call and book your group today. Reservations required two weeks in advance. For more information, email Nicole Smith and download the Girl Scout and Cub Scout flyer.

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