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Incredible Insect Festival

Insect Festival

July 6 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Included with admission to the VINS Nature Center.

Welcome to the fascinating world of insects at VINS’ Incredible Insect Festival on July 6! Renowned insect expert Sam Jaffe will showcase a multitude of live caterpillars at The Caterpillar Lab. Learn about the importance of pollinators to our natural world and meet a local beekeeper. In addition, you’ll get to meet entomologists who study the small insects found in streams and lakes. Through demonstrations, exhibits, games and crafts, visitors to the VINS Nature Center will have a fun day discovering the insects we share our planet with.

New this year!
Mothing Adventure (9:00pm – 11:00pm)

Join us for a late-night Mothing Adventure on July 6. With lights to draw in moths of all kinds, we’ll spend time learning about our local moths and admiring the many shapes, colors and sizes they come in.

Schedule
10:00am – 12:00pm / Intro to Mothing

10:00am – 3:00pm / Aquatic Insects with the Black River Action Team (BRAT)

10:00am – 4:00pm / Bug Safaris

10:00am – 5:00pm / Beekeeper Peter Hadeka

10:00am – 5:00pm / Stream Table Display

10:00am – 5:00pm / Gettin’ Buggy Crafts

11:00am – 11:45am / Predators of the Sky

11:30am – 4:30pm / Caterpillar Lab

2:00pm – 3:00pm / Bee House Building

2:45pm – 3:00pm / Raptor Feeding Time

3:00pm – 5:00pm / Monarch Parasite Monitoring

3:30pm – 4:15pm / Predators of the Sky

9:00pm – 11:00pm / NEW! Mothing Adventure

The Skinny Pancake Food Truck will be at the Insect Festival from 11:00am to 2:00pm.

For more information, contact us at 802.359.5000 or info@vinsweb.org.