Arboretum to host insect workshop

Published 7:00 am Saturday, June 9, 2018

The Crosby Arboretum will be hosting a workshop to teach children about the various insects found in nature.

The workshop will be held on June 15 from 9 to 11 a.m., and will be led by Hancock County Extension Agent Christian Stephenson. It will begin with an introduction to insects and their importance to an ecosystem before attendees are taken on a tour the Arboretum to get hands on experience in catching them to make a collection, Arboretum educational program coordinator Jennifer Buchanan said.

Buchanan said the Arboretum will provide everything the children need to make the workshop a fun learning experience.

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She said the facility is home to thousands of insects, many of which are collected during the annual Bug Fest held in September.

Stephenson said his favorite part of this workshop is the outdoor expedition where children get to collect insects and then talk about the interesting things they found.

He said the Arboretum is an excellent place to allow children to use their curiosity to learn about the environment.

He said children will be able to find dragonflies, butterflies and beetles.

“The more we understand nature the more we know what’s out there and the better job we do in taking care of it,” Stephenson said.

To sign up for the workshop contact the Crosby Arboretum on 601-799-2311.