Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Crawling, creeping and fascinating

Sawtooth Botanical Garden Bug Zoo is back


By SABINA DANA PLASSE
Express Staff Writer

The Sawtooth Botanical Garden Bug Zoo is a fun educational experience for all. Photo by Willy Cook

Recently a fossil of a giant spider was found in Mongolia, representing an arachnid that may have been able to capture birds and small rodents in its web. Ever wonder what happened to such creatures?

Casting a web of information on creepy, crawling bugs, insects and spiders, the Sawtooth Botanical Garden, south of Ketchum, will hold is annual Bug Zoo to educate and discover how important these creatures are to people and the planet.

The Bug Zoo festival will take place Sunday, May 1, from 1-4 p.m. The festival will include a Bug Zoo tour, crafts, games, face painting and treats. Tickets are $10 for nonmembers and $5 for members. Adults enter for free.

The Bug Zoo provides an opportunity for children to learn about the many-legged friends that roam and occupy the land. The Bug Zoo has grown into a household name thanks to the Sawtooth Botanical Garden members who have supported the zoo financially and as volunteers at the event and by over a thousand visiting children.

The Bug Zoo begins with the annual Bug Zoo Festival and continues for two weeks through May 14. This hands-on exhibit showcases more than 25 species to educate the public and school groups about the insect world. Teachers begin scheduling field trips early, and they love the opportunity for a meaningful educational outing, especially one that's free.

The Bug Zoo will be open from 1:30-5 p.m. weekdays through May 14, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. weekends through May 14. For details, call 726-9358 or visit www.sbgarden.org.

Sabina Dana Plasse: splasse@mtexpress.com




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