Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Aug 27: Bug Fest

NORTH AURORA – Insects and the fascinating world of bugs will take center stage from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, when the second annual Bug Fest is held at Lippold Park and Red Oak Nature Center.

The free, family-friendly event will feature fun and educational activities with a swarm of bug-related games, demonstrations and crafts. In addition to Lippold Park and Red Oak, the event will utilize the one-half mile stretch of the Fox River Trail that connects the two facilities.

Visitors can park and begin their exploration at either Lippold or Red Oak site. ark. Each site will have Bug Fest guide books available, live music and snacks. Overflow parking is available on Bond Drive – just north of Red Oak and Lippold on Route 25 across from Glenwood Park – with free shuttle service provided.

Children and adults alike will learn about the benefits of bugs and the important roles they play such as pollinating plants and flowers, aerating the soil and serving as a major source in the food chain.

“Bugs hold a bit of intrigue for everybody, and they’re often misunderstood,” said Red Oak facility supervisor Margaret Gazdacka. “They’re actually pretty amazing creatures that play a huge role in nature.”

Red Oak will feature hourly presentations by bug videographer Tony Gustin, creator of the DVD “Who Wants To Be An Entomologist?” Also at Red Oak, Cosley Zoo will be on hand with a collection of live animals from 10 a.m. to noon at the “Predator Pavilion.”

At Lippold, Anderson Pest Control will return with its ever-popular insect zoo, and the Morton Arboretum will have information on Emerald Ash Borer beetles and the destruction they have wreaked in so many parks and neighborhoods.

For more information on Bug Fest, visit or call Red Oak at 630-897-1808.

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