EWING, NJ --  To spread the word about the importance of insects in our lives through fun, hands-on activities, the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County will sponsor the 2019 Mercer County Insect Festival themed this year as “Remember Bugs.”   The festival will feature educational activities for visitors of all ages, including the popular puppet show, scavenger hunt and metamorphosis game. Other highlights include “Bugs in Water,” “Insect Olympics” and Q&A with the Mercer County Horticulturist.

New this year will be a display of carnivorous plants. Local environmental agencies and experts will offer displays and information to the public; representatives from the Watershed Institute, Mercer County Mosquito Control Commission, NJ Beekeepers Association and the NJ Department of Agriculture will be present, as well as the Rutgers Ecology Winfree Lab and the Mercer County Naturalist.  

The festival will be held at the Mercer Educational Gardens, 431A Federal City Road, Hopewell Township on Saturday, September 14 between 11:00am and 2:00pm (rain or shine.) Admission is free, and on-site parking is available. 

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Attendees are invited to view the seven demonstration gardens on site, and catch and release insects in the restored native meadow. Along the way, there will be activities designed to teach children of all ages to appreciate the incredible insects common to the Northeast. 

The Master Gardeners of Mercer County is a volunteer educational outreach program of Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Master Gardeners volunteer throughout the County and answer home horticulture questions through the Rutgers Master Gardener Helpline, (609) 989-6853, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

More information on the Insect Festival and other educational programs and events can be found online at www.mgofmc.org

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