Saturday, April 7, 2012

NatureFEST 2012

Museum to Host 12th Annual
Saturday, April 14, 2012

Take the Dinosaur Train Nature Trackers Club Challenge, meet Mo the two-toed sloth,Leona the Lion, Cat in the Hat, Smokey Bear and Inky the Clown, try canoeing, and shop for crafts.

Jackson, Miss. – Now in its twelfth year, “NatureFEST!” will get visitors of all ages into the swing of spring on Saturday, April 14, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. “Spend the day in the middle of nature!” invites museum director Libby Hartfield. “Come out to the Museum and enjoy live local music and a beautiful Mississippi day.” There is no fee, other than regular Museum admission, to attend the event and the first 500 visitors will receive $2 off admission. Food vendors include Bop’s Frozen Custard and Backyard Burgers.

“NatureFEST! is a festival, a nature outing, and a fascinating Museum trip, all wrapped into one exciting day,” explains special projects coordinator Megan Fedrick. At “NatureFEST!”, visitors can:

  • Take the Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train Nature Trackers Club Challenge, try canoeing, and explore the far reaches of the Museum's nature trails.
  • Meet Leona the Lion, Cat in the Hat, Smokey Bear, and Inky the Clown.
  • Touch real sea creatures and see live animal shows, like Rob Mies' “BioDiversity Live!”, featuring Mo the two-toed sloth. Participate in live raptor and reptile demonstrations. Watch divers feed the fish in the giant Museum aquariums.
  • Shop for crafts made by the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi, visit the Native Plant Sale, and buy a pair of Toms Shoes and have them painted by local artists at the Buffalo Peak Outfitters “Style Your Sole” event.
  • Dig for fossils, explore the “Animal Secrets” exhibit and get their faces painted.
  • Go behind the scenes with Museum scientists and researchers to learn about their unique research tools. Discover how valuable specimens in the Museum Collections are acquired and maintained.
  • Canoe on the Pearl River with John Rusky of the Quapaw Canoe Company.

Museum Hours: M-F: 8am - 5pm; SAT: 9am - 5pm; SUN: 1pm -5pm. Admission: $6 adults; $4 children ages 3-18; $5 senior citizens (60+); free for children under 3; free for Museum Members; school teachers with classes: call for group information. Prices and schedule subject to change.

Dinosaur Train™ The Jim Henson Company is brought to you by Mississippi Public Broadcasting. “Style Your Sole” event brought to you by Buffalo Peak Outfitters. Mississippi Crafts brought to you by The Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi.

About the Museum: The museum is located at 2148 Riverside Drive in Jackson. Call 601.576.6000 or visit for directions, parking and details about this event and other programs offered by the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, which is a part of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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