CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP: INSECTS    

Friday, July 7  10:00 a.m. to Noon

Children will enjoy this fun and educational entomology event led by Hancock County Extension Agent Christian Stephenson. After a brief overview of insects, including why they are important to our environment, the children will go on an insect collecting expedition around the Arboretum grounds. Members free; non-members’ children $2. Children must be accompanied by parent or guardian (no charge for adults). Register by July 6.

ALL ABOUT HUMMINGBIRDS    

Saturday, July 22 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Long-time hummingbird bander James Bell will reveal how you can fill your yard with hummingbirds! Learn what is going on in the hummingbird’s life, how they feed, why they fight so much, and simple tips and tricks to attract them, giving you a chance to enjoy the beauty of one of nature’s most dazzling creations.  Suited to ages 8 and up. Members free, non-member adults $5, children $2. Register by July 21.

PROJECT WILD TEACHERS’ WORKSHOP

Thursday, July 27, 9:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Project WILD is one of the most widely-used conservation and environmental education programs by K-12 educators. This hands-on interdisciplinary workshop for teachers and homeschool educators will be conducted by Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Outreach Educator, Sabrina Cummings, who will focus on wildlife topics to provide methods for teaching subjects across the curriculum. Bring a lunch. Both the workshop, and CEU’s (.6) are FREE to educators. SPACE IS LIMITED. Please call the Arboretum office at 601-799-2311 to sign up and guarantee your seat, or email pat.drackett@msstate.edu.

Bringing Nature to Life in Your Writing with Mary Beth Magee

Saturday, July 29 10:00 a.m. to Noon 

When writers use nature as part of the story, they add a deeper dimension of heart and meaning to the work. Yet, nature is more than listing the flora and fauna around the scene. Whether you write poetry, fiction or nonfiction, you’ll find many opportunities to incorporate the beauty and drama of nature into your work. Bring nature (and your writing) to life with a few simple techniques. Author and trainer Mary Beth Magee shares tips and exercises to help you find your voice in nature. You’ll perk up your writing and perhaps find a whole new topic to cover when you attend this workshop!  Members free, non-member adults $7, Register by July 28.