Wildlife Day is coming to arboretum

Published 7:00 am Saturday, March 19, 2016

Wildlife Day at the Crosby Arboretum is coming up soon, and there is still time to reserve space.
Crosby Arboretum Director Patricia Drackett said the event will feature some new exhibits, such as wood magic.
This new exhibit will teach students about the importance of renewable resources and also entertain children as they learn about termites, how plywood is made and the daily uses of wood.
The Audubon Institute will also bring the Wetland Wildlife Express to the event. Drackett said this exhibit is especially interesting since it will feature live animals commonly found in Mississippi.
Other exhibits will include animal pelts, mounted deer heads that will demonstrate how deer lose their antlers, a fly-fishing demonstration, bee exhibit, information on the monarch butterfly life cycle and various live animals from the Hattiesburg Zoo.
The event is a great opportunity for schools to take a field trip to the arboretum. Drackett said teachers can schedule a visit to the event up to the day before the event.
Homeschool classes are also welcome.
Drackett said the cost to attend the event is $2 per child, while adults can attend for free.
Classes of less than 10 people don’t need to pre-register.
She also suggested that the attending classes bring their lunch so they can eat on the Pinecote Pavilion.
The event will be held at the arboretum on March 31, from 9 a.m. to noon.
After the event, students can help the Pearl River County Partners in Leadership with their project, which is to do some planting in the butterfly garden, said PRC Partners in Leadership member Laurie Langlois.

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