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.

Fannye Cook: Mississippi's Pioneering Conservationist
Based on the book of the same name, this cultural-themed opening one-act play will feature a glimpse at Fannye Cook’s remarkable life. The half-hour, biographical portrayal performed by wildlife biologist Cathy Shropshire touches on the life of Mississippian Fannye Cook, a pioneer among scientists, conservationists, and women. Ms. Cook, the driving force behind creating the Game and Fish Commission (now the Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks), founded the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, led the push to create a system of wildlife management areas, and worked to protect the Gulf of Mexico’s barrier islands. The performance will take place under the arboretum’s Pinecote Pavilion, and be followed by a book-signing and refreshments.
“Old Timey” Exhibits, Music and Demonstrations
Enjoy a variety of family-friendly musical performances, historical/cultural exhibitors, demonstrations, children’s activities, and displays of traditional skills and crafts such as blacksmithing, quilting, spinning, basket-making, beekeeping, woodcarving, canning, treadle sewing, butter churning, storytelling and much more!