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Orma J. Smith Museum set for annual Bug Day event

August 18, 2011

The bugs will be out in Boise on Saturday, Aug. 20, as the Idaho Botanical Garden and The College of Idaho’s Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History put on their annual celebration of insect life, Bug Day, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Garden in Boise’s north end.  Bug Day includes fun and educational activities for the entire family. Tickets cost $8 for adults or $4 for children 4-12 and adult IBG members.

“Bug Day is a great event for the Museum and the College,” said museum director Bill Clark. “It’s an opportunity for kids and people of all ages to have fun learning about bugs through activities and our expert museum curators. We look forward to another fun and well-attended event on Saturday.”

Bug Day traditionally draws more than 1,200 attendees. Guests at this year’s event will have the opportunity to earn a “Certificate of Bugology,” participate in the Insect Olympics, view live bugs and ask questions of expert entomologists. The Orma J. Smith Museum will display part of its extensive insect collection, run the “Ask the Experts” station and host a booth with bug-related gifts, souvenirs and information about the museum.   To learn more about Bug Day, email Clark, call the Idaho Botanical Garden at (208) 343-8649 or visit the Bug Day webpage.

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 ten 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