The Mississippi Petrified Forest located near Flora is Mississippi’s first of 5 National Natural Landmarks. It is a family oriented venue that offers peace and quiet along with an opportunity to connect with nature as well as providing an educational overview of the earth sciences. The Petrified Forest’s recently expanded and remodeled museum features gem, mineral and fossil specimens of a quality usually only seen in large city museums and university collections. For unique gift ideas and keepsakes visit the gift shop. There are several fun activities to enjoy such as gem mining at the outdoor flume as well as camping and picnicking. There is also a large covered pavilion available for rent for special events. Visit their website, www.mspetrifiedforest.com.