The Mississippi Forestry Foundation, with the support of the MFA Communications Committee, MFA officers and individual members, and county forestry associations, raised over $250,000 to fund a forestry exhibit at the Mississippi Children's Museum (MCM). MCM opened in 2010 and the museum's goal is to provide a unique and exciting educational experience that
ignites and inspires a thirst for discovery, knowledge, and learning in
all children. The forestry exhibit enables children to operate a model chain saw or operate a kid-sized skidder while wearing orange reflective vests and hardhats. The Foundation continues to support the museum in order to fulfill its original commitment and maintain the quality of the exhibit.
The visionary leadership,
fundraising, and dedicated effort led by the Mississippi Forestry Foundation with the support of MFA, its
Communications Committee, and the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science’s
staff, led to the opening of the the Towering Treasures exhibit at the museum in 2004. Towering Treasures, acting as an extension of the natural forest outside the
Museum at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park, allows visitors to discover that forest
trees and ecosystems are shared habitats that support an interconnected
biological community. Guests can explore the different parts of a tree and
other elements of the surrounding forest ecosystem while learning about the
biological and economical value of trees.