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Bug Day

Saturday, August 24th 2019 • 10:00am - 3:00pm

Learn about the exciting world of bugs in an adventurous environment! Earn a “Certificate in Bugology,” purchase edible insects, play bug bingo, participate in Insect Olympics, catch live bugs, and meet the experts. Bug Day is an entomological extravaganza, fun for the entire family.

Co-Presented by: The College of Idaho’s Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History

Advanced Admission:
$8 Members & Youth (4-12)
$10 Adult Non-Member
Children 3 and under are free.
At the Gate:
$10 Members & Youth (4-12)
$12 Adult Non-Member
Children 3 and under are free.

Admission may be purchased in advance online or by calling or visiting the Garden office. Garden Box Office Hours: Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Purchasing Tickets In Advance
Online ticket purchasing is available starting June 1. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the gate during Bug Day.

Members must sign in or register to receive the member rate. The discount will show up at checkout. Call the Garden at 208.343.8649 if you have trouble purchasing.

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Event Details

Pick-up your Bug Day map and passport. Visit at least 13 of the 18 stations, get your passport stamped, and turn it in to receive a Certificate in Bugology!

Food vendors will be on-site.

Bug Day Stations:
  • Orma J. Smith Museum – View an extensive pinned insect collection.
  • Bee City U.S.A. & Garden City Library – Learn about solitary bees.
  • Boise WaterShed – Find out what water insects can “tell” us about water health. See live aquatic bugs.
  • Compost Critters – See what lives in a compost pile.
  • Master Gardeners – Discover which insects may be lurking in your garden.
  • Bug Tattoos – Choose a colorful insect to grace your skin, temporarily.
  • Pollinator Paradise – Learn about the importance of native bees and other pollinators.
  • Buggy Bingo – Play bingo while learning fascinating bug facts.
  • Creature Crafts – Create a giant red ant.
  • Bug Races – Discover who has the speediest pillbug.
  • USDA Forest Service – Learn about forest insects.
  • Treasure Valley Beekeepers Club – Meet honey bee enthusiasts and examine the tools of their hobby.
  • Insect Olympics – Compare your abilities to that of insects.
  • Ask an Entomologist – Bring an insect to an expert for identification.
  • Wild Bugs Safari – Use a net, catch an insect.
  • Insect Express – G scale model trains.
  • Ladybug Releases – Happening all day long!
  • American Kestrel Partnership – Meet an insect predator.