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662-680-4027 | Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center, Tupelo MS | 04.22.2017, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

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A hands-on event designed to help people find their park and to promote an interest in the natural world will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center near Tupelo, MS.

Mississippi State University and Mississippi Geographic Alliance are partnering with the National Park Service to host a BioBlitz. Teams of scientists, students, teachers, and community members will track down and identify as many local plant and animal species as possible.  The resulting inventory of living things helps scientists determine if biodiversity in the area is increasing or decreasing. Plant and wildlife experts will lead groups through different natural habitats and help participants identify and understand their discoveries.

Celebrate National Park Week and National Junior Ranger Day with this annual “Celebrate Wildlife Festival,” which includes a variety of activities and displays.

  • Terry Vandeventer’s educational, fun, live snake program:  “Snakes of Mississippi”
  • Southeastern Raptor Center’s “Live Raptors” Programs
  • Mississippi State University students will provide hands-on activites to transform your backyard into bird and pollinator habitats.
  • Mississippi Geopgraphic Alliance will have interactive ecosystem maps and geocaching acitivites.

All activities are free of charge, open to all ages, and family friendly. Attendees can participate for a short time or stay for the entire day. Participants in BioBlitz walks will want to register at the Parkway Visitor Center prior to each BioBlitz walk. The registration desk opens at 9:30 am. Prior to attending the BioBlitz, participants are welcome to download iNaturalist, a free app that will enable them to submit their observations from the natural world and contribute them to, a social network for naturalists.

Registration, displays, and many programs will be at the Parkway Visitor Center, located just north of milepost 266 on the Natchez Trace Parkway, near Tupelo, MS. For additional information, please call the visitor center at 1-800-305-7417.