Upcoming: Annual Insect Festival Sept. 10

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Annual 'Insect Festival' set for Sept. 10

This year's theme is 'Bugs Need Homes, Too!'

Learn about the importance of insects in our lives and how to protect their habitats through fun, hands-on activities!

Insect Festival MGOMC

LAWRENCE, N.J. — Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County annual 2022 Insect Festival will be on Saturday, Sept. 10, at Mercer Educational Gardens, 431A Federal City Road, Hopewell Township. The festival will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. Admission is free and on-site parking is available. 

This year’s festival, themed “Bugs Need Homes, Too!” will feature the importance of providing and supporting habitats for the incredible insects common to the Northeast. 

Master gardeners flyer insect festival 2022

There will be educational activities for visitors of all ages, including the popular scavenger hunt and metamorphosis game. Other highlights include "Bugs in Water," “Insect Hunt in the Meadow,” and Q&A with the Mercer County Horticulturist. Local environmental agencies and experts will offer displays and information. Representatives from Mercer County Mosquito Control, N.J. Beekeepers Association, the Watershed Institute, and the N.J. Department of Agriculture will be present, as well as the Mercer County Naturalist.

Attendees are invited to view the six demonstration gardens on site and learn how the different plants provide safe habitats for a wide variety of insects. The public can also learn about various methods of composting. Along the way, there will be activities designed to teach children of all ages to appreciate the beauty and diversity of our insect friends!

About the Master Gardeners: The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County is a volunteer educational outreach program of Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Master Gardeners participate in many volunteer programs throughout the County. For home gardening, plant, turf or insect questions, you can visit our Helpline office at Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Mercer County Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and speak with our Rutgers Extension Horticulturist Kathryn Homa. You can also call us, (609) 989-6853, or send us an email AsktheMGs@mercercounty.org. Visit our website at www.mgofmc.org for more information.

Photo Caption: Rutgers Master Gardens of Mercer County from left, Fay Denning, Denise Hanssen, Marietta Hujber and Cynthia Sage get “Costume Ready” for the upcoming Insect Festival to be held on Saturday, Sept. 10, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine at Mercer Educational Gardens in Hopewell Township.

Cooperating Agencies: Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, N.J. Department of Agriculture and the Mercer County Board of Commissioners. Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experimental Station, is an equal opportunity program provider and employer. Contact your local Extension Office for information regarding special needs or accommodations. Contact the State Extension Director's Office if you have concerns related to discrimination, 848-932-3584.

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