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Orma J. Smith Museum set 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. 24, 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 1,000 guests. This year’s activities include an “Ask an Entomologist” Q & A session hosted by museum experts, an insect safari, lady bug releases (scheduled for 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.), arts and crafts, food and ice cream vendors, and opportunities to learn about and interact with live insects. Participants young and old will have a chance to earn a “Certificate in Bugology” while learning why insects are an important part of the ecosystem. The Orma J. Smith Museum will display part of its extensive insect collection and host a souvenir gift shop.

This year’s event is presented by Total System Services in partnership with the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History. To learn more about Bug Day, or to reserve tickets, call the Idaho Botanical Garden at (208) 343-8649 or visit the Bug Day web page.

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

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 seven 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