The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks’ (MDWFP) Visitor Education Center (VEC) will be hosting three upcoming summer Gyotaku programs: July 9, July 23 and Aug. 20. Programs will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.
Gyotaku is the traditional Japanese method of printing fish. Using rubber fish stamps and ink, adults and youth, ages 8 and older, will be able to create fish prints of species found in Mississippi: freshwater drum, green sunfish, largemouth bass, common carp, and bluegill. This is a fun program that combines science with art. Younger participants will create fish art from their handprints. Participants should wear appropriate clothing for these activities. After the program, VEC staff will conduct a question and answer session at the VEC’s 10,000-gallon aquarium.
The program is free with the price of admission. Admission is $2.50 for adults ages 18-59, and $2.00 for youth ages 3-17 and adults over the age of 60. For additional information, or to pre-register a youth for the event, call the VEC at (662) 563-8068.
The VEC is part of the MDWFP’s North Mississippi Fish Hatchery and is located at Exit 233 east off I-55.
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