Have fun learning about insects at MDC's Insect-O-Rama

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Learning more about insects is a good way to appreciate the good they do for us. People can have fun learning about these fascinating creatures at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) free Insect-O-Rama program from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 19 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. Local insect experts will join MDC staff to provide an evening of insect information and fun activities. Weather permitting, events will take place inside and outside the Nature Center in the form of displays, crafts, games and exhibits featuring live insects.

Insects provide a number of benefits to humans in the way of pollination and pest control. In addition to developing a better understanding about how they help us, learning about insects can also provide people with helpful information about how to reduce 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.