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August 18, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Insect-O-Rama Springfield Conservation Nature Center, August 18, 2017,  6:30-9PM

We tie flies on safety pins for kids to collect and wear.

MDC says: “Our annual celebration of insects and the important role they play in nature returns! Insects—they fascinate us, they bug us, they surround us, and they bite us, but what would a summer evening be like without them? Join insect specialists, biologists, artists, and enthusiasts for an evening devoted to discovering insects. Grab your entire family and participate in some creepy-crawly fun for all ages. No registration required. “

“Insect-O-Rama 2016 is over and will go down in history as another successful event thanks to all of you and your participation. Thank you!  560 people were counted coming in the front door, many people stayed for at least 2 hours, and everyone reported that they “had a great time,”  “learned a lot,” or commented about how surprised they were by the great variety of activities. Though casual conversation with folks as they arrived, I learned that many were first time participants so we were successful in reaching a new audience. Of course, we also had many regulars who rarely miss the event.

We competed with the Olympics on TV, the first Friday night High School football games, and many other activities to attract a wide variety of participants interested in learning more about insects. I call that success! Unfortunately, we ran out of parking by 7pm and many folks left after trying unsuccessfully to park. Two groups told me they left to run errands and came back after 8pm when some parking became available. A special thanks to all of you who were able to park at Farmers’ Park—you made it possible for more guests to participate.

Your exhibit is always very popular. I saw so many kids sporting one of your flies with big smiles on their faces.

Please mark your calendar now for Friday, August 18, for Insect-O-Rama 2017.  We hope you’ll want to participate again.



August 18, 2017
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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MDC Nature Center, Springfield
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Golden Corral
2020 E Primrose St, Springfield
Springfield, MO 65804 United States
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