Crosby Arboretum

370 Ridge Road

MS State Extension Service

Picayune, MS 39466

Phone: (601) 799-2311

The 104-acre Native Plant Center of The Crosby Arboretum serves as the focus of Arboretum activities and development. It includes the Pinecote Pavilion (The Pinecote Pavilion and the many wooden bridges were designed by award-winning architect Fay Jones, of Fayetteville, Arkansas) and the Piney Woods Lake for display of native water plants in their natural setting.  The Arboretum protects and manages several lovely pitcher plant bogs both on site and within the natural areas. Edible, poisonous, and aromatic plants, are found at the Arboretum. As the seasons unfold their splendor, the Arboretum provides a clear, unobstructed view of the variety and beauty of our natural resources. More than attractive features of our landscape, plants are an integral part of the environment we inhabit.

Self-guided tours are available Wednesday through Sunday from 9am to 5pm. Staff-guided tours are available by reservation Wednesday through Sunday between 9am to 5pm. Please reserve your guided tour at least 2 weeks prior to your visit. A maximum of 75 people and a minimum of 5 are required.

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Children and adults will delight to observe the fascinating process as a monarch caterpillar forms a chrysalis, transforms, and begins life as a butterfly in this mesmerizing slide and video presentation. Nature photographer and butterfly enthusiast Gregory Nordstrom and wife Becky raise monarch butterflies and enjoy sharing their passion.

Register by September 2.

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  • Sep 16, 2016 - Sep 17, 2016

Enjoy a two-day event focused entirely on insects! Explore the world of entomology with insect collecting, identification, and more.

Friday, 6-8pm the Buggy Midway will offer children entomology-based craft activities.

Night insect collecting begin at dusk. Bring a flashlight or headlamp. The Midway is open Saturday 10am to noon. The New Orleans Audubon Institute’s Bugmobile will present from 1-2:30pm on Saturday afternoon.

This event is coordinated by Extension Entomologist Dr. John Guyton, along with professors and students from the Mississippi State University Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology Department, including MSU research apiculturist Dr. Jeff Harris, who will provide a beekeeping presentation.

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  • Sep 27, 2016

Learn wise maintenance and landscaping practices to conserve resource, energy and create eco-friendly home landscapes through reducing maintenance needs. Benefit local wildlife and strengthen biodiversity by incorporating native plant species, discover new methods for reducing stormwater impacts and conserving water, recycle yard waste, and learn how to work with your existing soil in this program with Pearl River County Extension Agent Dr. Eddie Smith.

Register by September 23.

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  • Oct 1, 2016

This program is for those who are interested in increasing their botanical knowledge base. Join state botanist Heather Sullivan, Mississippi Dept. of Wildlife Fisheries & Parks, and biology professor Dr. Wayne Morris, Troy University, for a discussion on how to use a plant key, basic botanical terminology, their favorite field guides, and other useful resources and references.

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  • Oct 1, 2016

Heather and Wayne will lead a fun and informative walk in the native plant communities found within the Arboretum’s educational exhibits, including tips and tricks for plant identification, and highlighting cultural and landscape uses.

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  • Oct 1, 2016

Join Heather and Wayne for another exciting field adventure to the Crosby Arboretum’s Hillside Bog natural area, a highly diverse 70 acre habitat in northern Hancock County 8 miles east of the Arboretum. Meet at the Visitor Parking Area to carpool to the site. Prepare for off-trail trek and potential underbrush. Bring water and snacks, and dress appropriately.

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  • Oct 14, 2016 - Oct 15, 2016

Grab a cart and choose from a great selection of native trees, shrubs, and perennials at our Fall Plant Sale. Knowledgeable staff and volunteers will be on hand to assist with plant questions and offer advice on plant selection for your site. Sale held in Greenhouse area; use Service Road entrance.

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  • Oct 22, 2016

Join certified yoga instructor, James Sones, in the beautiful natural setting of Pinecote Pavilion for a gentle yoga class followed by a short meditation sitting. Class size limited to 16. Yoga mats will be provided, but you may bring your own.

Please arrive at least 10 minutes early. Register by October 21.

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  • Oct 29, 2016

Design a painted pumpkin to add to your fall décor! Children will use acrylic paint and a variety of props to personalize their pumpkin in this program led by Director Pat Drackett.

One pumpkin will be provided per person. Register by October 28.

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  • Nov 12, 2016

Enjoy a fall field walk around the Arboretum grounds to learn about our native shrubs and trees, tips to identify them, their role in history and culture, and ways to use them in your home landscape with Pearl River County Extension Agent Dr. Eddie Smith and Arboretum Director Pat Drackett.

Register by November 11.

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  • Nov 12, 2016

Create beautiful botanical ornaments, using leaves and a “cast stone” mixture of white Portland cement, sand, and water, in this fun and educational workshop with Director Pat Drackett. When the basic technique is mastered, you can use it to tackle larger projects, such as stepping stones, wall plaques, and bird baths.

Open to adults, and children age 12 and up (must be accompanied by adult). Register by November 11. 

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  • Nov 19, 2016

Celebrate the early days of the Piney Woods! Enjoy exhibits and demonstrations of traditional skills such as blacksmithing, quilting, spinning, basket-making, and more. Saturday features a variety of live music performances.