The Wildlife Heritage Center

Dedicated in 1996, the Wildlife Heritage Center is committed to education and community outreach about wildlife conservation, bird dogs, field trials, and hunting. The Wildlife Heritage Center consists of the William F. Brown Memorial Library, the Wildlife Room displaying a menagerie of taxidermy, and the Banquet Hall with a fully-equipped kitchen for events.

The William F. Brown Memorial Library is an unequaled repository of knowledge pertaining to sporting dogs and field trials. The library has an extensive collection of books (some dating back to the 18th century) about a range of subjects such as dog breeding, dog training, field trialing, veterinary medicine, hunting, wildlife conservation, and firearms. The library also features a complete collection of The American Field dating back to 1913, a collection of stud books dating from 1900 through the 1940s, and an array of current hard-copy periodicals including The American Brittany, The Pointing Dog Journal, The Retriever News, & Gun Dog, among many others.

The Wildlife Room displays taxidermy showcasing a wide variety of species native to the West Tennessee & North Mississippi area as well as some from elsewhere in the United States and other parts of the world. This room is always a favorite of the children who visit the museum.

The Banquet Hall can easily accommodate a variety of events ranging from seminars to luncheons & conferences. The Banquet Hall is available for rental for events, however these events must be related to the sporting dog or field trial world. The National Bird Dog Museum reserves the right to refuse rental if necessary.

The Bird Dog Foundation, under the auspices of the Wildlife Heritage Center, offers several educational outreach programs that seeks to promote the relationship between man and dogs and to inspire a permanent respect for wildlife in general, especially among children. Field trips are available for area schools and youth groups. The Bird Dog Foundation Annual Senior Essay Contest awards financial assistance to the winning college-bound author. The Foundation also has an Annual K-12 Art Contest, which is a popular local event that attracts many entries from all over West Tennessee & North Mississippi.

For more information on the National Bird Dog Museum's education programs, please see the tabs entitled Annual Youth Art & Essay Contests or Field Trips at the top of the webpage.