Media Advisory: First-ever ‘Engaging with Insects’ Ohio 4-H Camp Is June 27-July 1

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insect on hand

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Something will be bugging about a dozen kids next week as they attend the first-ever “Engaging with Insects” summer day camp at The Ohio State University.

During the week, the kids will learn about termites, mealworms and honeybees; dissect grasshoppers; and trap, identify and mount insects to build their own collection.

The camp’s base will be in and around the university’s Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus.

Field trips to other locations on campus are planned on Tuesday and Thursday mornings to observe honey bees, explore a greenhouse insectary and visit the insect collection at the university’s Museum of Biological Diversity.

Leading the camp will be Norman Johnson, professor with joint appointments in the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Entomology in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Joining him will be Luciana Musetti, curator of the C.A. Triplehorn Insect Collection at the museum.

“We want to promote natural history collections — their specimens and the value of their data — and encourage kids to continue their interest in science and entomology,” Johnson said. “It seems like lots of youngsters start out fascinated with insects, but then are taught that they’re to be avoided at all costs. We want to show them that there are plenty of adults who share their fascination with these amazing creatures.”

The camp is sponsored by Ohio 4-H, the youth development program of Ohio State University Extension. It is just one of the science-related camping programs that Ohio 4-H offers in summer and throughout the year.

OSU Extension is the outreach arm of CFAES.

The camp will take place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 27-July 1.

Members of the media who wish to cover the camp may contact:

Sally McClaskey, Education and Marketing Program Manager, 4-H Youth Development

mcclaskey.12@osu.edu

614-247-8141 (office)

740-348-6873 (mobile)

What: Engaging with Insects 4-H Day Camp

Where: Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus
When: June 27-July 1, 2016, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily

Who: Students entering sixth through eighth grades this fall, led by:

  • Norman Johnson, professor in the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology
  • Luciana Musetti, curator of the biological diversity museum

Why: Encourage young people’s natural fascination with the insect world and promote their interest in science and entomology.

 

Writer(s): 
CFAES News Team
614-292-2270
For more information, contact: 

Sally McClaskey
614-247-8141
mcclaskey.12@osu.edu