2019 Bug Week Programs

UConn Extension’s Bug Week is right around the corner, and we have programs for the whole family.

If you have questions about any of our programs, please email us at bugweek@uconn.edu or call 860-486-9228. Programs are free of charge for all participants (except for the program at Connecticut Science Center) and sponsored by UConn Extension and the Connecticut Museum of Natural History. We do require RSVP for all programs as space is limited.

If you require accommodations to participate in any of these programs, please contact bugweek@uconn.edu or 860-486-9228 at least 48 hours prior to the event.

Bug Week programs you can participate in include:

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Sunday, July 21   3-6 pm
Location: 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm, 158 Auer Farm Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002

All-Ages Event | Suggested donation $10 per family.

Learn about the role of pollinators, visit the pollinator gardens, view the bee hive and ask the beekeeper at the 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm's Annual Blueberry Jam. The Blueberry Jam celebrates Auerfarm’s abundant ripe blueberry harvest. Come pick and purchase your own pint of berries, try your hand in jam making, taste the freshly-made desserts, and sway to live music at this summer family event. Bring your own dinner or purchase food on site.


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Insect Wonders at the Farm

Wednesday, July 31  10 am - 12 pm
location: Spring Valley Student Farm, 1327 Stafford Rd., Mansfield, CT
All-Ages Event | FREE and open to the public

Join UConn Extension faculty and Spring Valley Student Farm staff and students for an interactive, - "Insect Wonders at the Farm" event. Learn about our amazing and important insect friends by collecting and observing them. Activities for the whole family will include insect collecting, insect-inspired crafts, Bug-Bingo and a scavenger hunt.


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Thursday, July 25th   12:00 noon – 4:00 pm
All-Ages Event | FREE and open to the public

‘Be Our Guest’ at the UConn Biology/Physics building and the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) Greenhouses for this year’s exciting AntU Day!

Beginning at noon, you can learn how to identify insects with a special presentation and small group activities, tour the Biodiversity Research Collections and EEB Greenhouses, visit our Army Ant Guest exhibit, microscope stations, and live fungus-growing ant colony! This unique campus event has something for everyone—with fun giveaways and hands-on learning for all ages.

Join us for a great bug-filled summer afternoon on campus, complete with very special Dairy Bar ice cream. Groups are encouraged to attend, with bus parking available! Stay tuned for updates, tour registration and additional information.

For questions, email antuinfo@uconn.edu or visit the Army Ant Guest AntU Facebook or AntU website.


Butterfly Collections

Insect Collections Tour

Thursday, July 25th   1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm tour times
All-Ages Event | FREE and open to the public

Join the Museum of Natural History, AntU and the UConn Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology for an exciting afternoon on  the UConn campus. We have tours of the insect collections, an AntU presentation, plus exhibit activities, microscope stations, giveaways, and a live ant colony. There will also be special greenhouse displays.


Bug Walk tour

Bug Walks

Saturday, July 27  10 am - 1 pm
Location: Tolland Agricultural Center in Vernon (24 Hyde Avenue). Held rain or shine.
All-Ages Event | FREE and open to the public

Find out all about insects and where to look for them at Bug Walks at the Tolland Agricultural Center in Vernon. The program will have live insects on display, right out in the open, plus part of the insect collection from the UConn Natural History Museum, as well as three bug hunts that include going to the butterfly/pollinator garden and the vegetable garden on the property.


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Bug Week at the Connecticut Science Center

Monday, July 21st through Sunday, July 28th
All-Ages Event | Please visit the Connecticut Science Center for ticket prices.

Lots of things are buzzing around at the Connecticut Science Center during Bug Week. Spend some time in the tropical Butterfly Encounter, participate in bug-themed Live Science programming, come hear a bug themed story during Story Time, and be sure to explore what is flying around the Rooftop Garden.


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Photo Contest

Details can be found on our Photo Contest page.

A photo contest is being offered, with three categories: junior, senior and professional. One entry per person. All entries must be a photograph of a bug or insect in their natural environment. Winning photos are highlighted on the Photos Page of our website!