Have fun with bugs at MDC's Insect-O-Rama

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Have fun learning about insects at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) free Insect-O-Rama program from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday (Aug. 18) at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. Local insect experts will join MDC staff to provide an evening of insect information and fun activities that will help people learn about these fascinating creatures. Weather permitting, events will take place inside and outside the Nature Center in the form of displays, crafts, games and exhibits featuring live insects. This is the 25th year for the Springfield Nature Center’s Insect-O-Rama program.

Pollination and pest control are two of the many benefits insects provide to humans. Learning more about the insects around us is a good way to develop an appreciation for the benefits they provide and also to eliminate the problems caused by some species.

No registration is required for this free program. Individuals can come any time during the Insect-O-Rama event, which is open to all ages. The Nature Center is located at 4601 South Nature Center Way in Springfield. For more information, call 417-888-4237. Information on common insects found in Missouri can also be found at mdc.mo.gov.