Maine State Museum features bugs, earth science for kids

The Maine State Museum in Augusta is now accepting reservations for two upcoming educational events: Bug Maine-ia and Earth Science Day.

The 10th annual Bug Maine-ia will take place on Wednesday, September 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entomologists, environmental educators, foresters and others will guide visitors through the expansive, yet often miniscule world of insects. A live insect zoo will give adventurous students an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the world’s largest bugs, and they can even hold a tarantula in the palm of their hands.

Earth Science Day, held Wednesday, October 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is designed to remind people that earth science is all around us and to encourage responsible stewardship of the Earth. Prospecting for gold and exploring how to quarry granite are just two of the many activities offered to visitors during this special event. Earth scientists, industry professionals, artists and educators from around the state will share their knowledge and expertise in celebration of planet Earth.

Admission at both of these events will be free all day.

To make a reservation for Bug Maine-ia or Earth Science Day, visit the Maine State Museum reservation web page, or contact the museum at 287-2301.

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