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Event Details

Join us on Wednesday, August 14th, from 10:00am-11:30am as Dr. Nate Walton creates a ‘buzz’ for kids!

UPDATE: This event is sold out! If you'd like to be on the waitlist, please email [email protected] with the subject line "Bugs Waitlist Request" — thank you!

Come explore the amazing world of insects with MSU Extension Entomologist Dr. Nate Walton. Participants will learn what makes a bug a bug and what makes them different from other creepy crawly creatures. They will also have opportunities to get inside the mind of an insect and see the world from a bugs-eye-view.

Then, they will accompany Dr. Nate on an insect safari to explore the wilds of The Botanic Garden while they look for and learn about some of Michigan’s coolest summer insects, like: ant-lions, tiger-beetles, and wooly-bears.

Please note: This program is designed for learners ages 7 and up, but all ages are welcome to attend and participate! A portion of the program will be outdoors so please dress appropriately. Individuals with allergies to insects (including cockroaches) should take necessary precautions before attending this program.

There is no fee for this program and donations are requested to support The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park.

This program is open to the public but space is limited and advance registration is requested.

About our presenter, Dr. Nate Walton:

Dr. Nate is an MSU-trained entomologist with an MS and PhD in Entomology. He is the Consumer Horticulture Program Instructor for MSU Extension in Leelanau County and the Master Gardener Coordinator for Leelanau, Benzie, and Grand Traverse Counties.

Nate enjoys teaching adults and youth of all ages on subjects such as pollinator conservation, environmental stewardship, and integrated pest management.


In an effort to be as 'green' as possible, we use MyNorth's E-Tickets option for ticket delivery. This means your reserved tickets will be available to view from your email confirmation or order history. You do not need to print these prior to the event.

Questions? Please email our Program Committee at [email protected].

Venue Information

1490 Red Drive
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 935-4077
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Organizer Information

The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park

1490 Red Dr
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 935-4077

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