Arthropolooza At SB County And Victor Valley Museums Starting Saturday

Simone Graham – Editor: There are back to back weekends to enjoy this event; the weekend in Redlands and next weekend at our own Victor Valley Museum. VV Museum invites you to experience live bug encounters, hands-on activities for families to bug out, and more are planned for the museum’s second annual ARTHROPOLOOZA: The Ultimate Bugfest on Saturday, Feb.23, 12:00 -3:00 p.m. (admission: Victor Valley Museum).

REDLANDS – Discover the fascinating world of arthropods—insects, arachnids, and myriapods, when Arthropolooza: The Ultimate Bugfest, returns for the second year to the San Bernardino County Museum on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 16 and 17, from noon to 4:00 p.m. Live insects and insect specimen displays, interactive bee activities, carnivorous insects, citizen science opportunities, backyard conservation, composting demo, insect photography and other engaging events are featured to educate visitors about our Earth’s tiny and sometimes not so tiny creatures.

The museum will feature live arthropods from the popular Exploration Station live animal collection and mounted insect displays from the Education Collection. Tarantula Encounters are scheduled at 1:00 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. “Dare Box” gives visitors the opportunity to use only the sense of touch to discern concealed insects. Facilitated cockroach races take place at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and kids will have the opportunity to dress up in bug accessories (made at our craft tables) and race each other! A community mural gives space for visitors to express their appreciation, fear, love and respect for the insect world, and a photo station is the opportunity to get buggie with a social media memory of the event.

A number of local partners are participating in the event including The Wildlands Conservancy’s Oak Glen, Joshua Tree National Park, Mary Vagle Nature Center, Ameal Moore Nature Center, Hidden Valley Nature Center, BeeRooted, UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners, Riverside-Corona Resource Conservation District, Inland Empire Resources Conservation District, UC Riverside’s Entomology Outreach and Citrus Psyllid Research teams, and San Bernardino County departments of Public Works, Agriculture/Weights & Measures, and Environmental Health Services Mosquito and Vector Control Program.

The event is included with General Admission:
Adult: $10
Senior (60 or over) & active Military: $8
Student (with I.D.): $7
Child 5 through 12 – $5
Child under 5: free
Museums For All participants with EBT Card: $1 (maximum 9 in party)
Museum Members: free

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