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Friday, August 22, 2014

Bug Day at the Agriculture Museum


Bug Day

Feeling ANTsy about back-to-school? Bug your parents to check out Bug Day at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum! Visit the Taking Care of Beesness exhibition and try to spot the queen bee in the live observation hive. Get the buzz on how bugs help pollinate food crops such as blueberries and apples, and join the Entomological Society of Ontario for insect nature walks, face-painting, cockroach races, and loads more. Admission to the Museum is FREE September 6 thanks to the Ottawa Field-Naturalist’s Club.

Activities offered by the Entomological Society of Ontario:

  • Live insect zoo
  • Guided insect expeditions
  • How to make an insect collection
  • How to identify insects
  • Discover microscopic insects
  • Cockroach races
  • Kids insect crafts
  • Bug bingo
  • Face painting
  • And more!

Museum Demonstrations:

Discover the bee colony (10:30 and 3:30)
Learn about the bee life cycle, how bees turn nectar into honey, and why many plants rely on them to produce fruits and seeds. Visitors are invited to taste and compare a variety of honeys.
Amazing Worms (1:30)
Is a worm an insect? Maybe not, but meeting one of these little wigglers is worthwhile on bug day! Come find out why worms are so important to planet Earth.
“Looks like Bugs” Snacks (9:30, 12:00 and 2:30)
Visitors are invited to help prepare, create and sample delicious snacks made to look like bugs. Interesting bug facts will be shared during the demonstrations. The recipes are guaranteed 100% insect free!
Animal Habitats (11:00)
All creatures big and small need a home to live in which is called a habitat. There are many different types of habitats. Come play this fun habitat game and learn about where some animals and bugs live and what they need in order to survive.
Attracting Pollinators (10:00)
Did you know that insects like the honeybees pollinate over one third of our food? Which other insects play a vital role in our food production? Come find out as visitors discover and learn about important pollinators.
Afternoon Milking (4:00)
The milking of the Museum’s dairy cows takes place twice daily. Over the course of this demonstration, visitors will be impressed by the technologies used in modern dairying as they see the herdspeople milk the entire herd. A Museum guide will be on site to explain the process and to answer questions.
Tally-Ho Wagon Rides ($) weather permitting (10:00 – 2:00)
Enjoy a tour through the fields of the Central Experimental Farm on the Tally-Ho wagon pulled by the dynamic duo, Ted and Merrill, the Museum’s Clydesdale horses.
Food Services ($)
Feeling adventurous? Be the first of your friends to take part in a fascinating 'Future Food' experience:
Bugs and Bevies
Would you like crickets with that? Think outside the lunchbox and learn how food-grade crickets are farmed and prepared. Renowned future food Chef Cookie Martinez will present select cricket canap├ęs with a wine and beer pairing. 

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