Community Outreach

Bug Fest

Bug Fest 2014 logo

When: Saturday, June 27th; 10:00AM - 3:00 PM

Where: Hilltop Garden & Nature Center 2367 E. 10th St. on the campus of Indiana University, Bloomington.

What:  Bug Fest is a celebration of insects and their relatives.  Designed for children of all ages, from 1 to 101, the mission of Bug Fest is to educate the public about insect and spider biology. Guest lecturers will share their knowledge of dragonflies, butterflies, spiders, and other topics, plus there will be information tables on a variety of subjects, including pollinators, garden insects, forest pests, public health, and live insect displays. Activities will include insect crafts, mealworm races, cricket spitting, insect games, story telling, and more! A display of student art with an insect theme is also planned. Free Admission!

Who: Scheduled speakers include Dr. Leslie Bishop, Earlham College (spiders); Dr. Peter Scott, Indiana State University (pollinators); Sandy Belth, Monroe County Parks and Recreation (Monarch butterflies); Tom Swinford, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Nature Prserves (dragonflies), and more to be added soon!


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, and the Purdue University Extension Office.

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