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Summer Day Camp 2014

Adventures in Nature offers children, kindergarten through grade 8, the opportunity to explore a wide variety of Museum topics. Register online starting March 3!


Support for Bug Fair provided by Western Exterminator Company > 

Want to Visit the Butterflies?

For more information about bringing your class or other group to the Butterfly Pavilion.
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From the Ground Up:
Building a Backyard for the City

Citizen Science Manager Lila Higgins is tracking the latest and greatest developments in the Museum’s new outdoor habitat, the Nature Gardens!
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Come BUG out with us!

The 28th annual Bug Fair is right around the corner!
May 17 and 18, 2014

Did you know there are more than 15,000 known ant species around the world? Did you know some ants can lift and carry up to 100 times their own weight? Did you know most ant communities are headed by a queen, whose function is to lay thousands of eggs to ensure survival of the colony?

The 2014 Bug Fair is officially the year of the ANT! It is sure to be an enchANTing and brilliANT weekend full of ANTennae, exhibitors, vendors, bug chefs, and exciting programs in celebration of our multi-legged friends. Ants are social insects – let’s follow suit. Come out and see everything from exotic insect collections to live pet tarantulas, millipedes, centipedes, scorpions and other arthropods for sale to bug-related products, such as honey, silk, wax, and bug-inspired artwork.

Early 9 am entry for Members! Plus, special one-time-only discounts at the Museum stores.



Did you know bugs are a nutritional snack? Come get your protein fill in the Nature Gardens, where we will have four insect chefs on hand to whip up some bug delicacies for the adventurous snacker!

David George Gordon is the award-wining author of The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook

Zack Lemann, Chief Entomologist at The Audubon Insectarium. Bug appétit!

Daniella Martin is an entomophagist, or bug-eating expert, and author of EDIBLE

David Gracer, founder of SmallStock Food Strategies LLC

Bug Fair and other programming (excluding the Butterfly Pavilion) are included with regular Museum admission. For additional information, call (213) 763-3499 or e-mail

Bug Fair is proudly sponsored by ScholarShare and Western Exterminator.