Cradle of Forestry's "Bug Day" June 21, 2014

Bug ~~ Courtesy of Caters News Agency

Bug ~~ Courtesy of Caters News Agency

Hard to believe, but some folks just love bugs. Even the creepy, crawly ones. [Insert your favorite Far Side cartoon here.]

North Carolina's Cradle of Forestry in America invites normal people and bug lovers of all ages to learn about insects and their relatives on Saturday, June 21, 2014, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

This event commemorates National Pollinator Week, June 16-23, and will be held in and around the Cradle's Forest Discovery Center.

Activities include pond explorations at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., bug hunts at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. A guided walk titled "Mysteries on Forest Leaves" departs at 3 p.m. And what Bug Day could be complete without seeking evidence of plant/insect interrelationships and other games and crafts?

Meet monarch butterfly caterpillars and learn about their lifecycle and conservation. Beekeepers Mike and Matt Elliot from Pure Pisgah Honey will display their enclosed observation hive containing thousands of live honeybees from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn about the fascinating lifecycle of these social insects, how honey is made and how to get started as a beekeeper.

At 1:30 p.m., Cradle of Forestry interpreter Devin Gentry will present a program "Why Are We Letting the Grass Grow?" addressing a continuing project to convert selected lawn areas around the Cradle's Forest Discovery Center to native landscaping. This effort to sustain the interdependence between plants and pollinators, including monarchs, can be duplicated by homeowners.

Cradle of Forestry Info

  • Admission to the Cradle of Forestry is $5.00 for adults and free for youth under 16 years of age and holders of America the Beautiful and Golden Age passes.
  • Admission includes the film There's Magic at the Cradle, 15 hands-on exhibits, a scavenger hunt, the Adventure Zone, and historic cabins and antique equipment on two paved trails.
  • The Cradle of Forestry is located on Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest, six miles north of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 412.
  • For more information call 828-877-3130 or go to www.cradleofforestry.com.
  • Informative web resources related to Bug Day are www.pollinator.org and www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators.

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