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Bug Week programs, more planned at Jefferson County Park

Jul 11, 2018

Jefferson County Conservation is offering several upcoming summer programs, including Bug Week activities, at Jefferson County Park.

The first is “Fire Building” from 9-11:30 a.m. Monday.

The program is an opportunity for youth going into fifth-grade and above this fall to learn the historical art of making fires with flint and steel and with bow and drill.

Long pants and closed-toe shoes are recommended

The program fee is $10, with registration required by calling 472-4421 or emailing Jefferson County Naturalist Therese Cummiskey at therese@jeffersoncountyconservation.com.

The second program is “Going Buggy” from 10-11:30 a.m. July 18.

It’s Bug Week, and this program — the ultimate bug scavenger hunt with “Bug Lady” Moni Hayne — is open to everyone.

“You don’t have to have kids to participate, but all kids must be accompanied by an adult,” said Cummiskey.

Participants will team up and head out in search of critters from the top eight insect groups.

The program is free, and registration is not required.

The third program is “Beetlemania” is offered at two different times on July 19: 10-11:30 a.m. and 5:15-6:45 p.m.

This Bug Week program is open to everyone, but kids must be accompanied by an adult, and the evening event is geared more toward adults.

Participants will learn about some of the 12,000 different species of beetles that can be found in the United States from Hayne.

The program is free and no registration is required.

A field trip to Van Buren County’s Bear Creek in search of Iowa’s state rock — the geode — and any other interesting rocks, fossils or minerals is planned from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 20.

The trip is open to third-graders and older, although first- and second-graders are allowed if accompanied by an adult. The fee is $15 per child. Space is limited, and registration is required by calling 472-4421 or emailing therese@jeffersoncountyconservation.com.

“Dragonflies & Damselfies,” set from 10-11:30 a.m. July 21, is another free Bug Week program with Hayne that is open to everyone, although kids must be accompanied by an adult. Participants will learn about the insects’s life cycle and how to identify some of the local species. The program starts in the Nature Center and then moves outdoors. No registration is required.

Jefferson County Conservation has more programs planned throughout the summer. To see details, read the Naturally Speaking newsletter on the Jefferson County Conservation website at www.jeffersoncountysonservation.com under the “What’s New & Edu. Programs” tab.

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