2022 Mercer County Bug Festival focuses on need for native habitats

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, NJ – This year’s insect festival in Mercer County will focus on providing and supporting homes for insects native to the Northeast.

Local Rutgers Master Gardeners are sponsors of the annual event at Mercer Educational Gardens (431A Federal City Road, Hopewell Township).

The festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10 and will continue rain or shine, the county said. Admission is free and parking is available on site.

This year’s theme is “Insects Need Homes Too!” Activities include a scavenger hunt, makeover game, “Bugs in Water”, “Insect Hunt in the Meadow” and a Q&A with the county horticulturist.

“Attendees are encouraged to tour the six on-site demonstration gardens and learn how different plants provide safe habitats for a wide variety of insects,” the county said. “The public will also be able to learn about the different composting methods. Along the way, activities will be organized to teach children of all ages to appreciate the beauty and diversity of our insect friends.

Environmental agencies and experts will be there with exhibits and information, including Mercer County Mosquito Control, NJ Beekeepers Association, Watershed Institute, NJ Department of Agriculture and Mercer County Naturalist.

The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County is a volunteer outreach program with Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Volunteers participate in various volunteer programs in the county.