Visitor Activities

Explore the MS Sandhill Crane NWR Visitor Center





  • Wildlife Viewing

    Wildlife Observation

    Because there are so few cranes left in the wild, you cannot be assured of seeing a crane on your visit. However, you can learn about them and their unique habitat at the Visitor Center and discuss the best places to go to increase your chances of spotting one of these elusive birds. 

    You are invited to bird watch on our nature trails. Both trails travel past savanna, piney woods, and bayou habitat. Plant life is abundant on the trails, particularly in the spring when wildflowers are in bloom and many unique carnivorous plants can be seen be seen year round. Bird life is most diverse during the fall and spring migration. 

  • Interpretation

    Interpretation - Guided Trail Walk

    Stop by the Visitor Center to explore interactive exhibits that highlight the elusive Mississippi sandhill crane as well as the neighboring plants and animals that call this wet pine savanna habitat its home. Check out the short film to learn more about how the refuge is managed for the cranes or get up close and personal with carnivorous plants that live along the interpretive nature trails. Ranger guided crane tours, wildflower walks and other programs are offered throughout the year. 

  • Environmental Education

    Environmental Education - Wild land firefighting demonstration

      Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge offers environmental education programs for a variety of audiences.  The refuge provides unique and exciting outdoor environments – excellent locations for hands-on learning activities.  Numerous youth and adult groups visit every year to learn about a specific topic on wildlife, habitat, or ecological processes.


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  • Photography

    Wildlife Photography - Photographing an Orchid

    Opportunities to capture the perfect wildlife photo abound at the refuge. The best locations for photography are found on the nature trails, Visitor Center observation deck, and open savanna area surrounding the center.   

    Early spring is a great time to visit one of the nature trails, where a variety of orchids, pitcher plants and sundews add bursts of color throughout the savanna. Birdlife is most diverse in the fall and spring. 

  • Hiking

    Hiking Trail Overlook

    Wildlife observation at Mississippi sandhill crane is made easy with great trails that travel through multiple habitats.

    The trails are not crane observation trails, but are wonderful for the many other plants and birds that make Mississippi their home.  

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