Community Outreach

Bug Fest 2014

Bug Fest 2014 logo

When: Saturday, June 28th; 10:00AM - 3:00 PM

Where: Hilltop Garden & Nature Center 2367 E. 10th St. Bloomington, IN

What: Bug Fest is a celebration of insects and their relatives. Designed for children of all ages, from 1 to 101. Live insects, informational tables, insect safaris, insect crafts, cockroach races, cricket spitting, insect games, live music from Foster Brown, food and more!

Who: Expert speakers on dragonflies, bees, butterflies, spiders, edible insects and more!

Cost: Free! However, a donation of canned fruits or vegetables to go to the Hoosier Hills Food Bank and Mother Hubbard's Cupboard would be greatly appreciated. The flowers of many of our fruits and vegetables are pollinated by insects, so these foods would not exist without the aid of insects. Donation bins will be available at the entrance to Bug Fest.

For more information: Contact the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service at 812-349-2575.

Bug Fest is a collaboration of Monroe County Parks & Recreation, City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department, Hilltop Garden & Nature Center, Sycamore Land Trust, Sassafras Audubon Society, The WonderLab Museum, Monroe County Master Gardeners, and the Purdue Extension Service-Monroe County.

Remember, most of our fruits and vegetables are pollinated by insects! 

Speaker Schedule:

Time Details Location
10:30 – 11:15 Leslie Bishop, Spiders Main building
11:00 Stephanie Homan from Monroe County Public Library
and Bloomington Storytellers Guild, Story telling
Outside on event patio
11:30 – 12:30  Foster Brown music Outside on event patio
11:30 – 12:15  Sandy Belth, Monarchs Main building
12:30 – 1:30 Dr. Turpin, What’s for Lunch? Outside on event patio
1:30 – 2:15 Tom Swinford, Dragonflies Main building
1:30 – 2:30 Foster Brown music Outside on event patio
2:30 Ginny Richey from the Bloomington Story Tellers Guid, Story telling Outside on event patio
2:30 Bee Safari with George Hegeman gather at Main building