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Learn about insects at Insect-O-Rama at Conservation Nature Center

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One of Springfield's favorite runtimes for kids is Insect-O-Rama at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center, where kids and the young at heart learn about beneficial insects.

One of Springfield’s favorite runtimes for kids is Insect-O-Rama at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center, where kids and the young at heart learn about beneficial insects.

Learning more about insects is a good way to appreciate the good they do for us.

People can have fun learning about these fascinating creatures at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) free Insect-O-Rama program from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Aug. 19 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. Chris Barnhart, professor at Missouri State University and the guiding scientist at the Roston Missouri Native Butterfly House, and will be among the presenters.

Local insect experts will join MDC staff to provide an evening of insect information and fun activities. Weather permitting, events will take place inside and outside the Nature Center in the form of displays, crafts, games and exhibits featuring live insects.

Insects provide a number of benefits to humans in the way of pollination and pest control. In addition to developing a better understanding about how they help us, learning about insects can also provide people with helpful information about how to reduce problems caused by some species.

No registration is required for this free program. Individuals can come any time during the Insect-O-Rama event, which is open to all ages. The Nature Center is located at 4601 South Nature Center Way in Springfield. For more information, call 417-888-4237. Information on common insects found in Missouri can also be found at mdc.mo.gov.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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