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Explore the fascinating world of bugs

Aug 20, 2015 10:28AM ● Published by Neighbors Magazines

Insects will take center stage once again when Bug Fest returns to Lippold Park. The free family event will be staged at and between Lippold Park and Red Oak Nature Center along a one-half mile stretch of the Fox River Trail.

Insects will take center stage at the 6th annual Bug Fest on Sat., Aug. 22 from 9am–1pm at Lippold Park and Red Oak Nature Center.

The free, family-friendly event will feature fun and educational experiences with a swarm of bug-related activities, demonstrations and crafts. In addition to Lippold Park and Red Oak, the event will utilize the one-half mile stretch of the Fox River Trail that connects the two facilities.

Visitors can begin their explorations at either Red Oak or Lippold; both sites will have free guide books and maps available. Additionally, t-shirts, books, snacks and other novelty items will be for sale at Lippold.

Children and adults alike will learn about the benefits of bugs and the important roles they play such as pollinating plants and flowers, aerating the soil and serving a major role in facilitating the food chain for humans.

“Bugs hold a bit of intrigue for everybody, and they’re often misunderstood,” said Red Oak naturalist and facility supervisor Margaret Gazdacka. “They’re actually pretty amazing creatures that play a huge role in nature.”

Red Oak will feature free presentations (9am, 10am, 11am and 12pm) by entertainer and educator David Stokes and his “Arthropods for Fun” show. Also on hand at Red Oak will be a team of artists known as “Waxed Hands” to create wax molds of hands and babies’ feet for $5.

Local beekeeper Harry Patterson will be at the Predator Pavilion to discuss how bees make honey and explain their important role in nature. Various varieties of honey will be available for sale.

At Lippold, Terminix will have an extensive bug exhibit in “The Hive,” which also will have face painting from 11am–1pm and the Mealworm 500 (think bugs and racing). Displays and insect collections – including hands-on experiences with real, live bugs – will be among the highlights.

Subway will be at Lippold selling small sandwiches, chips and drinks. TCBY will have yogurt available as well. Transactions are cash only. Parking is available at either Lippold or Schneider Elementary School (304 Banbury Road, North Aurora), with free shuttle buses running regularly between those sites and Red Oak. The Red Oak parking lot will offer handicap parking only. Guidebooks and coloring sheets can be downloaded from the website as well. 630-897-1808. 

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