One Day Insect University

Join fellow entomology enthusiasts for a daylong exploration of the world of insects. The One Day Insect University will take place on October 30th from 9:00AM to 4PM at the 4-H Center in Columbus. Participants will learn about pollinators, insects in the garden and landscape, and the role citizen/community science plays in what we know about insects. The day will include encounters with the OSU Bug Zoo and an optional visit to the OSU Museum of Biological Diversity. This program is sponsored by the OSU Department of Entomology in partnership with Chadwick Arboretum, and is funded in part by a NIFA IPM Pollinator Health grant.

Master Gardeners, OCVN volunteer naturalists, Chadwick Arboretum volunteers, 4-H volunteers and all insect fans are invited to attend.

Fee to attend: $35 includes morning refreshments, lunch, all educational sessions and optional tour of the OSU Museum of Biological Diversity. Parking is free and easy!

Register here!

All participants will hear these speakers:

Gretchen LeBuhn: The Great Sunflower Project: How Citizen Scientists Are Making a Difference for Pollinators

Mary Gardiner: Dandelion Detectives: A Youth Citizen Science Project Focused on the Value of Weeds

Dave Shetlar: Turfgass — Green Desert, or Lilliputian Rainforest?

Participants will select one of these three sessions:

1. Reed Johnson: Bees and Pesticides: What Are the Risks?

2. Danae Wolfe: Close Up Bugs to Promote Connections with Critters

3. Dave Shetlar: Maximizing Plant Health to Avoid Pest Problems in the Landscape

From 2PM – 4PM, participants will either take a field trip to the OSU Museum of Biological Diversity (spaces limited, must select this option when registering) or will choose from the sessions below.

Afternoon Session I

A. Jerome (Jerry) Wiedmann: Butterflies in Ohio

B. Jeni Ruisch: Understanding Fear and How It Impacts Learners

C. Ashley Kulhanek: Using Phenology (Nature’s Calendar) to Track and Manage Plant Pests

Afternoon Session II

A. MaLisa Spring: The Ohio Dragonfly Survey — What We Found and How You Helped!

B. Sarah Short: Lyme and West Nile: Understanding the Disease Vectors; Protecting Yourself in Nature

C. Katie Turo: Creating Pollinator Habitat, Including Lessons Learned from Urban Cleveland

Program Adjourns at 4:00

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