Pascagoula River Audubon Center
Moss Point, MS
Rhodes Bayou
PRAC: Your Summertime Destination!
While everyone is excited now that school’s out for summer, it won’t be long before parents start hearing those dreaded words, “I’m bored” or a fight ensues over screen time.

As you begin making plans for the summer, keep in mind that the Pascagoula River Audubon Center will be offering summer camps for children ages 4 to 14, but parents and caregivers are welcome to bring children to visit for self-guided exploration. Spend time birding, kayaking, understanding native plants, or even volunteering.  Bring along a picnic lunch and make a day of it!  There is something for everyone at PRAC.

Due to collaboration with the National Geographic Society for inquiry camps and the camps offered by PRAC, summer hours will be Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Saturday operational hours at this time are June 12 and July 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday hours are subject to change based on staff availability and venue rentals.

If you have a need when we are not open, please contact the Center so that we can make arrangements for you.

 
I do!
Venue Rentals at PRAC are on the Rise
Three grooms and three brides have said “I do” this year making the Pascagoula River Audubon Center their first destination as a married couple.  PRAC has become a very popular destination for weddings, receptions, retirement parties, birthday parties, showers, graduation celebrations and retreats.

Along with the gorgeous scenery offered as an advantage of using PRAC as an event venue, it is also a cost-effective option with many amenities.  Round and rectangular tables, chairs, bistro tables, catering kitchen and an ice maker are just some of the things that come with your rental.  

The calendar for the summer is filling quickly, and we have three weddings already booked in the next 12 months.  Stop by to talk with a member of the staff about your special event needs or click here for more information.
Contest Time
Click it to Win It!
With the accessibility of cameras comes some gorgeous photographs of the sights and sounds of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  The Pascagoula River Audubon Center wants to display some of your best photographs during its 2021 Nature Photography Contest.  Thanks to a generous donation by a local supporter, a cash prize will be awarded to three lucky photographers.To submit Photographs, email a completed Entrance Form and links to your digital Photographs to prac@audubon.org.  No hard copies will be accepted.

Photographs must meet the following requirements:

  • Digital links must be submitted by 5 p.m. on July 10, 2021, to prac@audubon.org
  • Photographs must not contain signatures, watermarks or any other identifying marks.
  • All photographers selected for exhibition must be able to produce original jpg’s.
Entry Fee: The entry fee is $5 per submission for 2021 to be used to fund the photography exhibition reception. Registration is not complete until the entry form and digital submission of photographs are received by PRAC.

For more information, click HERE.  To pay your entry fee per photo, click HERE
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Art to Help Raise Awareness on Local Beaches
Audubon Mississippi is excited to unveil the Coastal Bird Storyboard Trail. Created through partnership with local artist team, The Painter and Poet, artist Tami Curtis and writer Perry Guy, this visually-appealing storyboard trail stretches 26 miles along Beach Boulevard in Harrison County.

This trail comprises of six educational signs featuring one of the six key species that nest on Mississippi beaches or migrate through the area. This project, which was made possible through GOMESA grant, will be a big boost to Audubon’s ongoing efforts to educate locals and visitors in protecting beach-nesting birds as well help support the states $8-billion-dollar-a-year nature tourism economy.
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Coastal Art to remain until July 2
The beautiful work of local artist Linda Fayard will remain on display and available for purchase in the Moss Point Fine Art Gallery through July 2.  Many of these original pieces sold during the artist reception, but she has graciously replaced those items with equally as beautiful original pieces.

Stop by to view these works of art during regular business hours.  Click here for a virtual tour of the gallery.
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Don't Forget Dad
Does Dad enjoy gardening or being outdoors? A kayaking adventure, a walk through the demonstration gardens and a picnic lunch at PRAC would be a great gift. Tandem kayak vouchers are $25 and single kayak vouchers are $15.  Admission to PRAC is FREE through June 30, so find time to spend the day with Dad.

Be sure to visit the Hidden Heron Gift Shop as well for unique gifts of driftwood bird houses, outdoor wildlife signs, hats, visors and more.

Honorary and memorial donations may also be made at PRAC.  All memorial donations will go toward adding additional native plants and shrubs to the landscape at PRAC.  A list of honorary and memorial donation recipients will be placed in The Perch.

To make donations, please click here.
summer interns
Meet the Newest Members of the Flock
We would like to extend a huge PRAC welcome to our 2021 summer interns Morgan Sheffield and JaKayle Bridges who will spend the summer assisting with educational and conservation programming.

JaKayle Bridges is a sophomore at The University of Southern Mississippi where she is majoring in Nursing. A Moss Point native, she said she looks forward to helping campers learn more about wildlife around them and to gain lifelong skills that will help her in the future.

Morgan Sheffield, a rising senior at Resurrection Catholic High School, is also a native of Moss Point.  She hopes to work collaboratively with the staff and volunteers who contribute time to Audubon.  She is hoping to further develop her leadership skills as she learns and teachers about the amazing coastal ecosystem.

Please stop by to welcome these two young ladies as part of our flock!
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Pascagoula River Audubon Center
5107 Arthur St., Moss Point, MS 39563
(228) 475-0825 | pascagoula.audubon.org

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