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Incredible Insect Festival

Insect Festival

July 7 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Included with admission to the VINS Nature Center.

Welcome to the fascinating world of insects at the Incredible Insect Festival! Your day will be filled with adventure while meeting live caterpillars and other insects up close and discovering their importance to our world. In the Caterpillar Lab, renowned expert Sam Jaffe will introduce visitors to a multitude of live caterpillars, exploring caterpillar defense, camouflage, mimicry, and metamorphosis among other behaviors. Visitors may use digital microscopes and screens to observe caterpillars hatching from eggs, eating, and shedding.

Learn about the art and importance of beekeeping with Peter Hadeka, a member of the VT Beekeepers Association. Or discover the amazing work being done by biologists at the BASS Lab (Biomonitoring and Aquatic Studies Section) to monitor the health of our waterways. In addition, you can explore river conservation principles at our hands-on stream table exhibit.

For incredible fun, young children can enjoy face painting, bug safaris and Sun Common’s solar-powered bounce house. Other exciting activities and events will be available throughout the day. Food vendors will be on site from 11am to 2pm.

Full Schedule:

10:00-3:00
Aquatic Insects with the BASS Lab

10:00-4:00
Bug Safaris

10:00-5:00
Sun Common Bounce House
Beekeeper Peter Hadeka
Stream Table Display
Gettin’ Buggy – Crafts
USDA – Invasive Species Display

11:00-11:45
Predators of the Sky

11:00-2:00
Pizza Chef Truck

11:30-4:30
Caterpillar Lab

2:00-3:00
Bee House Building

2:45-3:00
Raptor Feeding Time

3:30-4:15
Predators of the Sky

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