Orma J. Smith Museum set for annual Bug Day

The College of Idaho’s Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History is pleased to present Bug Day, the annual celebration of insects that is becoming one of the museum’s signature events. Bug Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 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 an “Ask an Entomologist” Q & A, bug crafts, Insect Olympics, lady bug releases 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 the ecosystem. Food and bug-themed treats will be available for purchase along with souvenirs from the Orma J. Smith Museum and Idaho Botanical Garden gift shops. The museum also will display part of its extensive insect collection. Lady bug releases will 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.

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 12 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