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The Center for Marine Education & Research, aka Institute for Marine Mammal Studies offers visitors of all ages the chance to engage in a fun, hands-on learning experience that helps them understand and appreciate the species that make our Gulf Coast waters unique. While visiting, you experience underwater adventures on the big screen in a state of the art auditorium, encounter sea creatures such as horseshoe crabs, sea stars, fresh water turtles, and other marine life in our discovery room. Don’t forget the marine museum which features aquatic exhibits and a fossil dig where you may even find a shark tooth to keep as a souvenir. The Dolphin Presentation is where visitors see Bo and Buster; two Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins that entertain you, and to make the experience even more special, call ahead to schedule the Dolphin Interaction Program where you actually get right in the water, up close and personal with one of the world’s most intelligent animals. (Weather Permitting)
Thirty-three acres of woodlands near Olde Towne Clinton. We have 2.5 miles of all weather walking trails, an array of native trees and flowers appropriately labeled. We also have a museum/education building.
The Crosby Arboretum is the premier native plant conservatory in the southeast. A variety of plant communities are featured at the Arboretum that represent the native flora of the Pearl River drainage basin in Mississippi and Louisiana which include aquatic, savanna, and woodland exhibits. These habitats provide many opportunities for all ages to learn about nature through educational programs, tours, and events.
outdoor education center, lodging & dining facilities, 6,600-acre Bay Springs Lake, wildlife viewing
The Gloster Arboretum was founded in 1956 by the late Sara & Frank Gladney, of Baton Rouge, LA. In 1965 the Gladneys established the John James Audubon Foundation to manage the 400 acre tract to preserve the unique indigenous plant associations with special care being given to the beech, magnolias, stewartia, mountain laurel, rhododendrons, viburnums and other native species, and to protect & enhance the special population of non-indigenous plantings introduced by the Gladneys and others. Visitation hours are daylight to dark seven days a week. Self-guided tour map available at site. Free admission.
Features animal displays, lake history, wildlife scenes, informational videos and a telescope overlook point.
The Jamie Whitten Historical Center is operated by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and housed inside it is a large multimedia-equipped auditorium. Also inside is a museum containing illustrations of the rich history and heritage of the Mississippi Hills region and interactive exhibits throughout. There is a gift shop area featuring regional books and other unique gift items.
Displays on insects and other entomological subjects.
This 73,000 sq. ft. facility is nestled against a 300-acre natural area showcasing the state's rich natural heritage. This museum is tucked away within the historic LeFleur's Bluff State Park. Features life-like displays of the state's diverse habitats, a 100,000 gallon aquarium system housing over 200 living species, & a 1700 sq. ft. greenhouse called "The Swamp." Our nature trails include the Pink Garden Path & the Green, Blue, Red & Purple Trails.
This one of a kind petrified forest includes nature trail among the petrified logs, picnic area, museum and gift shop.
THE OFFICIAL TOURISM RESOURCE FOR THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI