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Orma J. Smith Museum set for annual Bug Day

Come earn a ‘Certificate in Bugology’ as The College of Idaho’s Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History and the Idaho Botanical Garden presents Bug Day! The annual entomological extravaganza will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Idaho Botanical Garden in Boise. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children and IBG members.

Bug Day traditionally draws hundreds of attendees. This year’s activities include participating in the Insect Olympics, playing bug bingo, catching live bugs, a bug craft station and much more! Participants young and old will have the chance to learn about our many-legged friends with bug experts. And in case you get hungry, food and bug-themed treats will be available for purchase. The museum will also display part of its extensive insect collection and have its gift shop set up.

And don’t miss the ladybug releases that take place at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

To learn more about Bug Day, call the Idaho Botanical Garden at (208) 343-8649 or visit the Bug Day webpage here.

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

The College of Idaho has a 125-year-old legacy of excellence. The C of I is known for its outstanding academic programs, winning athletics tradition and history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, four NFL players and countless business leaders and innovators. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell, where its proximity both to Boise and to the world-class outdoor activities of southwest Idaho’s mountains and rivers offers unique opportunities for learning beyond the classroom.