2022 Event Schedule
"Fishing" for more information? Please contact the Visitor Education Center (VEC) ~ (662) 563-8068.
These events are free with the price of admission. Admission is $2.50 for adults ages 18-59, and $2.00 for youth ages 3-17 and adults over the age of 60. For additional information, or to pre-register for the event, call the VEC to speak with a staff member.
*NEW* Virtual Geocaching Adventure: Available each day.
Spring Break Programs: Mystery Week
2:00 p.m. each day
- Fishing for Clues
- Fish will eat other fish! On March 15, we will discuss and identify some carnivorous fish! Staff will feed the "carnivores of the aquarium" after this session.
- Mysterious Mammals
- Many mammals prey on fish or are scavengers for "left-over" fish. On March 16, we will follow some clues to identifying some unique mammals.
- The Birds
- The diet of many bird species consists mainly of fish. On March 17, we will discuss seven birds that are predators for fish.
- To Catch a Reptilian Thief
- Reptiles are egg-laying, cold blooded vertebrates covered with scales or plates. On March 18, youth will learn more about some snakes, turtles, and other reptiles that will consume fish!
Each program will allow youth to see and touch real and replica specimens relating to each animal! Program is free with admission price.
Beautiful Birdhouses (FULL)
Adults and youth will create their own, unique birdhouses from gourds donated to the VEC. Participants should dress accordingly for these painting activities. Program is free with admission prices. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required for this program. (This event is full.)
Youth Art Contest Deadline
Students across Mississippi are invited to get outdoors and participate in the 2022 North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Youth Art Contest. Each student must submit a portfolio including entry form and artwork to the Visitor Education Center (VEC) by May 10, 2022.
The contest is sponsored by the Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. Winners in four age categories will have their work published in the Mississippi Outdoors magazine and will receive a complimentary copy of the magazine displaying their work. Winners will also receive gift cards and have their work posted on the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ website.
Youth Fishing Rodeo
May 21 - Registration begins at 7:00 a.m.
(Admission not required for this event.)
Please check back for more information.
Choctaw Program with Flute Demonstration
Allen Winters, a professional artist, engraver, and traditional Choctaw flute maker, will present a program at the MDWFP’s Visitor Education Center on Saturday, June 18 at 2:00 p.m. The fourth great-grandson of Choctaw Chief Mushulatubi, Winters will discuss the Choctaw culture and demonstrate his flutes. Winters has worked for the tribe in the Choctaw Cultural Preservation Program and is a pottery teacher for Choctaw Tribal Schools. Participants to the program will be able to engage in a question and answer session with Winters at the end of the program.
The program is free with the price of admission.
**CANCELED** "Bassmobile" at North MS Fish Hatchery
The Catch Co’s Bassmobile suffered vandalism on their last event, so their stop at the North MS Fish Hatchery is canceled until further notice. (Please check back soon for more details.)
Summer Gyotaku Programs
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. each day
Gyotaku is the traditional Japanese method of printing fish. Using rubber fish stamps and ink, adults and youth will be able to create fish prints of species found in Mississippi: freshwater drum, green sunfish, largemouth bass, common carp, and bluegill. This is a fun program that combines science with art. (Younger participants, ages 7 and under, will create fish art from their handprints.) Participants should wear appropriate clothing for these activities.
Tree ID Seminar
Brady Self, the Northwest Mississippi Forestry Specialist with MSU Extension will present a Tree Identification program at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) Visitor Education Center (VEC).
The tree identification course is for anyone interested in learning how to identify trees occurring in north Mississippi. The program will consist of a presentation and a hands-on field tour of the trees located around the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery and Visitor Education Center.
Halloween at the Hatchery
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The MDWFP’s Visitor Education Center (VEC) will host Halloween activities on October 29 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Activities will include gyotaku ghost printing & fish skeleton creations! Youth appearing in costumes will receive a free bag of fish food to feed the fish! Staff will feed the carnivores of the aquarium at 2:30 p.m.
Program is free with price of admission. Admission is $2 for youth and $2.50 for adults. For more information call the VEC at (662) 563-8068.
The VEC is part of the MDWFP’s North MS Fish Hatchery and is located off I-55, Exit 233.