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Orma J. Smith Museum readies for annual Bug Day

The College of Idaho’s Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History is set for Bug Day, the annual celebration of insects that is one of the museum’s signature events. Bug Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Idaho Botanical Garden in Boise. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children and IBG members.

Bug Day traditionally draws more than 1,200 attendees. This year’s activities include an “Ask an Entomologist” question and answer session, insect tattoos, bug races, an insect safari, insect bingo, bug crafts, insect Olympics, opportunities to catch live bugs and more. Participants young and old will have a chance to earn a “Certificate in Bugology” while learning why insects are an important part of any garden. Bug-themed treats and edible insects will be available for purchase along with souvenirs from the Orma J. Smith Museum and the Idaho Botanical Garden. The museum also will display part of its extensive insect collection and host the expert Q & A.

This year’s event is co-sponsored by the Orma J. Smith Museum and supported by the OfficeMax Boise Community Fund. To learn more about Bug Day, call the Idaho Botanical Garden at (208) 343-8649 or visit the Bug Day webpage.

Located at 2355 Old Penitentiary Road in Boise, the Idaho Botanical Garden is a living museum dedicated to enhancing our community’s quality of life through fostering a love of nature and developing intellectual curiosity through educational programs for youth and adults. The Adult Continuing Education program offers more than 50 classes and workshops annually through a wide variety of on-site lectures, workshops and guided tours of the Garden. The Youth Education Program nurtures a child’s fascination with the world of biology through educational presentations including field trips, summer botany camps and education special events.  The program engages more than 12,000 children annually. For more information, visit www.idahobotanicalgarden.org.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including six Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.