Friday, April 24, 2009

Exotic and native bugs take over the garden

Sawtooth Botanical Garden to open annual bug zoo


By SABINA DANA PLASSE
Express Staff Writer

The Sawtooth Botanical Gardenís annual Bug Zoo celebrates seven years and will open on Sunday, April 26, with a Bug Zoo festival. Photo by Willy Cook

The Sawtooth Botanical Garden's seventh annual Bug Zoo is an opportunity for children and adults to learn about local and exotic insects. The annual Bug Zoo will open on Sunday, April 26, with the Bug Zoo Festival from 1-4 p.m.

The Bug Zoo will offer games, crafts, snacks, a butterfly house and the Bug Zoo exhibit featuring 35 native and exotic insects from around the world. Admission for children is $5 for members, $7 for non-members and free for adults accompanied by a child. This year the exhibit includes insect highlights from Africa, Asia, Central America and North America.

The Bug Zoo will continue Monday, April 27, through Sunday, May 9. It will be open to the public weekdays from 2:30-5 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with free admission. School field trips are scheduled throughout the week, welcoming children throughout Blaine County to experience fun, hands-on learning opportunities.

Children can experience the indoor exhibit but also have the opportunity to hunt for insects in the garden. Last year the exhibit welcomed 1,200 visitors and this year the garden expects that number to double.

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In addition, the Bug Zoo will feature its Get Buggy Night, Friday May 8, from 5:30-10 p.m. Children can come to the garden parent-free and enjoy games, songs and crafts led by ENTHUSE 4-H Teen Leaders. Cost is $25 per child. Dinner is included. Proceeds from Get Buggy Nights help to support the ENTHUSE 4-H Teen Leaders and the garden's children's programs. To register, please call the garden at 726-9358.

Sabina Dana Plasse: splasse@mtexpress.com




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