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Biological Sciences to Host Spring Night at the Museum Overnight Adventures for Students in Grades 4-8

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The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Biological Sciences will host three Night at the Museum overnight outreach activities this spring. These unique adventures at the popular science museum are “overnight retreats” for students in grades 4-8.

Feb. 7 kicks off the series with “The Rat Race.” Students discover the diversity of mammals and find out how they have become some of the most successful vertebrates on the planet.

On March 23, the museum will feature "Work it Out,” a program designed to let students learn how the human body gets powered up. From healthy eating to healthy moving, the event is teaming up with the new fitness location BodyBar Downtown in Hattiesburg.

"Migration Madness” is taking place at the museum May 2. This event will allow students to explore how and why animals move from season to season

“These events offer the opportunity for young people to learn about wildlife, see animals, and discover our relationship with nature,” said Michael Sellers, outreach coordinator for the Southern Miss Biological Sciences Learning Center.

The BSLC at Southern Miss offers numerous children’s activities that include opportunities to learn about the natural world on campus and at a nature preserve managed by the university.

Sellers says participants should pack a sleeping bag, pillow, toothbrush, toothpaste, change of clothes, water bottle, snacks, flashlight or headlamp (a camera is recommended). Belongings should be labeled and limited to one bag. Snacks and breakfast will be provided.

Space is limited. Registration cost is $30 for each individual event. Parents and guardians should plan to drop off their children at the BSLC between 6 - 6:30 p.m. Activities begin at 6:30 p.m. and continue until 8 a.m. the next morning.  Participants should be picked up between 8- 8:30 a.m.

For more information, including Night at the Museum registration and directions, visit www.usm.edu/bslc or email Michael Sellers at johnny.sellers@usm.edu or call 601.266.4748.