There are more different kinds of insects and other arthropods on Earth than all other living things combined. From pollinators to decomposers, predators to parasites, and pests or even human food, they are “the little creatures who run the world” (E.O. Wilson). Yet many people find them icky and scary and wonder what good they are.
The 12th annual Bug Fest, a partnership between the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District and Metro, is a celebration of invertebrates and the critical roles they play in our environment. The event combines interactive discovery stations, crafts, games, and family entertainment with a range of activities that help attendees experience the boneless/spineless creatures that keep the world going. There are also plenty of live bugs to inspect and admire. Catch your own or bring them with you from home and have them identified by experts.
This year’s theme is “Meet the Beetles” and the discovery lab will have plenty of live examples of local beetles. Appropriate for all ages. Allow a couple of hours to see everything! Come to the Tualatin Hills Nature Park Interpretive Center in Beaverton. $3 per person; free for ages 2 and under. For more information, visit www.thprd.org. Hosted by Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District and Metro