The annual “Insect Festival” will teach about the importance of insects on September 10

The 2022 Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County Annual Insect Festival will teach children and families about the importance of insects and protecting their habitats.

The annual festival is rain or shine from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 10 at Mercer Educational Gardens in Hopewell Township. Free entry. On-site parking is available, according to Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County.

This year’s festival, themed “Insects need a home too!” highlights the importance of providing and supporting habitats for insects common to the Northeast.

There will be educational activities for visitors of all ages – a popular scavenger hunt, a makeover game and six on-site demonstration gardens to learn how different plants provide safe habitats for a wide variety of insects, according to to Rutgers Master Gardeners.

The public can also learn about the different composting methods.

Along the way, there will be activities designed to teach kids of all ages to appreciate “the beauty and diversity of our insect friends.” according to Rutgers Master Gardeners.

Other activities include “Bugs in Water,” “Insect Hunt in the Meadow,” and a Q&A with a county horticulturist.

Representatives from Mercer County Mosquito Control, the New Jersey Beekeepers Association, the Watershed Institute, and the New Jersey Department of Agriculture will be in attendance, along with a county naturalist to provide exhibits and information.

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