Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-7-2022

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis

Department

Art and Art History

First Advisor

Brooke Alexander

Second Advisor

Tyler Barnes

Third Advisor

John Samonds

Relational Format

Dissertation/Thesis

Abstract

The North Mississippi Field Guide for Young Explorers is an interactive field guide to some of North Mississippi’s wildlife designed for a younger audience, ages six to twelve. The creation of this field guide is a culmination of my inspirations and interests as a child and my involvement and passions as a student at the University of Mississippi. Multiple times during my college experience I have had the fortunate opportunity to work with the local Montessori school, Magnolia Montessori School, by volunteering for various events and leading educational activities. After working with this school and learning about their teaching methods and their dedication to their students and their community, I felt inspired to create a resource for a program like the many they host during the school year and over the summer. This field guide became two things for me: a way to intersect many of my interests in a creative project and a means to give back to my community through producing a free resource. Following the first round of printing by Magnolia Montessori School, the field guide will be shared with other local educational programs to use or distribute. In order to be fully accessible, the field guide is available online as an interactive book in addition to the downloadable version. The North Mississippi Field Guide for Young Explorers is available on its own website, www.northmsfieldguide.com.

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