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Bug-A-Boo Bliss at the Highlands Center 8/21
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12 August 2015   Cynthia Jones
The Highlands Center's creative and interactive insect programs are fun and informative for curious children and adults alike, and people say they even help them to develop a new appreciation for insects. Photos Courtesy of Nancy Maurer

Have Fun While Learning Why Insects are Essential to the Web of Life

PRESCOTT, AZ – August 11, 2015 – The Highlands Center for Natural History’s popular family fun night Bug-A-Boo-Bliss returns Friday, August 21 at 5:30 PM. Starting off with a puppet show designed to introduce the younger members of the audience to the insect world, the program offers five insect investigation stations, and a night hike. “Often misunderstood, insects are essential to our lives, and this evening is designed for families to learn more about them and why they matter,” commented Felipe Guerrero, Education Coordinator.

Begin with the Dead Bug Society, an indoor lounge where attendees will look at bugs through a microscope and discuss what makes insects different from each other. Move on to Pollinator Paradise and meet bees, moths and butterflies and learn why we need them. Join the Cicada Club and learn all about this beautiful, and insistently vocal insect. Check out the Create Your Own Bug craft station where you design and create your own insect to take home. Additionally, the Heritage Park Zoo will be bringing some of their favorite insects to share, plus there’s a Naturalist-led hike to explore the evening forest sounds and sights. Guest contributors include Brian Seuvone (photography), and Lisa Zander (Natural History Institute). “The Highlands Center's creative and interactive insect programs are fun and informative for curious children and adults alike, and people say they even help them to develop a new appreciation for insects, ” added Guerrero.

Admission is $2 for children under 13 and $5 for adults. Preregistration is not required. For more information, call 928-776-9550 or visit highlandscenter.org.

About The Highlands Center for Natural History

Formed in 1996, the Highlands Center for Natural History is a non-profit organization developed to foster an appreciation for and knowledge of the natural wonders of the Central Highlands of Arizona. Operating on an 80-acre campus near Lynx Lake through a Special Use Permit with Prescott National Forest, the Highlands Center is a regional hub for lifelong learning, designed to invite discovery of the wonder of nature through on and offsite programs, supported by contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations and community partners. Visit www.highlandscenter.org for more information.