- Author: Kathy Keatley Garvey
Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum and Tabatha Yang, public education and outreach coordinator, have just announced the schedule for the special weekend hours for the academic year.
The museum, world-renowned for its global collection of some eight million insects, is located in Room 1124 of the Academic Surge Building on Crocker Lane, UC Davis.
Admission? Free. Parking? Free. It doesn't get any better than that! Visitors find it both educational and entertaining.
- Sunday, Sept. 18, 1 to 4 p.m.: “UnBelize-able Expedition: Collecting Tropical Insects” (summer collection trip led by Bohart associate/entomologist Fran Keller, assistant professor of biology, Folsom Lake College, and Dave Wyatt, professor of biology at Sacramento City College)
- Saturday, Nov. 19: 1 to 4 p.m.: “Uninvited Guests: Common Pests Found in the Home”
- Sunday, Jan. 22: 1 to 4 p.m.: “Parasite Palooza: Botflies, Fleas and Mites, Oh, My”
- Saturday, Feb. 18: (varying times throughout campus): Biodiversity Museum Day, an opportunity to explore 11 UC Davis collections
- Sunday, March 19: 1 to 4 p.m.: “Eggs to Wings: Backyard Butterfly Gardening”
- Saturday, April 22: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: “”UC Davis Picnic Day”
The Bohart Museum also maintains a live “petting zoo,” featuring walking sticks, Madagascar hissing cockroaches and tarantulas. Current residents also include Gulf Fritillary caterpillars and chrysalids (soon to be butterflies), and a female juvenile praying mantis. A gift shop, open year around, includes T-shirts, sweatshirts, books, jewelry, posters, insect-collecting equipment and insect-themed candy.
The Bohart Museum's regular hours are from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. The museum is closed to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and on major holidays. Admission is free.
Here's a look--in pictures--at some of the educational and fun activities at the last open house, held July 30. Visitors learned about moths and other insects (it featured National Moth Night), met the scientists one-on-one, engaged in family activities, and checked out the collections.
And, oh, yes, you can take selfies with such critters as a rose-haired tarantula and a walking stick!