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Parks & Recreation
Fannye Cook Natural Area
Conservationist Fannye Cook (1889-1964) was the most widely known and nationally recognized scientist in Mississippi. Cook was instrumental in the creation of what is now known as the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. Her dedication to conservation continues to inspire biologists and researchers, and the fruits of her conservation efforts will be seen for generations to come.
Named in her honor, the Fannye Cook Natural Area (FCNA) in Flowood spans around 3,000 acres and is the largest protected natural area in central Mississippi. The FCNA is among the top 20 largest, urban green spaces east of the Mississippi and is more than three times larger than New York City’s Central Park.
Nonprofit organization, Wildlife Mississippi, plans to continue the preservation of the area by developing an expansive nature trail and recreation facilities that will promote wise use of the area while emphasizing a connection to conservation, sustainability, and the stewardship of Mississippi’s natural heritage.
Upon completion, the FCNA and Trail will be one of the largest green spaces and nature trail systems in the United States. Public recreation activities will include wildlife viewing and photography, day-hiking, mountain biking, fishing and more, allowing many families to spend valuable time together.
Conservation of FCNA makes both ecological and economic sense. Wildlife Mississippi’s goal is for the area to stimulate Mississippi’s economy by retaining jobs and preserving property values. The area will promote a healthy lifestyle and improve quality of life, all while increasing the ecological sustainability of the natural resources we all depend upon.
Pacesetter Gallery, founded by artist Keri Davis, emerged from a vision to create a vibrant space showcasing the magnificent work of Mississippi artists. Opened in July 2021 and voted Best Art Gallery by Mississippi Magazine in 2023, the gallery features over 60 artists spanning diverse mediums. Nestled in the heart of Flowood, it serves as a hub for emerging and established artists. The gallery offers engaging cultural events and art openings, and its inclusive atmosphere extends to a 15-minute drop-in scavenger hunt, making it an ideal destination for families, friends, and travelers. Explore ongoing events on the website, from art shows to monthly paint-and-sip gatherings. Wheelchair accessible, Pacesetter Gallery creates a welcoming space for all to enjoy and share in the beauty of local art. For additional information, click here.