Upcoming Events

Butterfly Gardening Workshop

Saturday, June 24, 2017 / 10am

FREE with Admission

Learn how to start your own butterfly garden! In this workshop, we’ll share some of our secrets with you on how to identify and attract native butterflies to your own back yard! By the end of the hour-long class, you’ll know a bit more about the plants best suited to start a butterfly garden and where to find them in our surrounding area! At the end, attendees will receive a FREE photo guide they can take home with them to aid in spotting nectar and larval host plants, beneficial to attracting butterflies. 


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Garden Pollinators & Backyard Bug Class with Dr. John

July 1, July 8, July 15, and July 22 / 1pm – 2:30pm

Join us for four (4) Saturdays in July from 1pm – 2:30pm for a kid-friendly series of interactive classes with Dr. John!  Class runs July 1st, July 8th, July 15th, and July 22nd.

From bees and butterflies to hoverflies and flower beatles, explore the wide world of pollinators and find out how you can help them in your own back yard!

These classes are for families looking to make a positive impact on their environment starting with our community. The cost of signing up for all four classes is $18 a person for both adults and children or $5 per class per person.

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Mushrooms in Folklore, Mythology and Medicine

Presented by James Francis White (Department of Plant Biology; Rutgers University)

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 / 7pm – 8pm

This presentation reviews historic uses, applications and beliefs regarding mushrooms in multiple cultures.  Topics to be covered include: ‘mycophilia’ and ‘mycophobia’ or the love and fear of mushrooms, associations of mushrooms with evil, eating mushrooms and avoiding poisoning, mushroom roulette as a dangerous game, historical poisonings, Viking berserkers and use of Amanita muscaria in war, Santa Claus and Siberian Shamanic tradition, Magic mushrooms in early religions, Magic mushrooms in the Americas, The ergot fungus: disease and the psychedelic 1960’s, the ‘stoned ape’ theory for human evolution, ‘endophytes’ or the hidden fungi in grasses, caterpillar fungus and organ transplants.

Join us at the Insectarium for the second edition of our Speaker Series on Tuesday, July 11th at 7pm! Admission will be $16/person for the speaker series and will gain you access to the lecture as well as to the entire museum and butterfly pavilion!


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The Insects Who Rule the World and the People Obsessed with Them

(book tour with author David MacNeal)

Friday, July 21, 2017, 7pm – 9pm

Insects have been shaping our ecological world and plant life for over 400 million years. In fact, our world is essentially run by bugs—there are 1.4 billion for every human on the planet. In BUGGED: The Insects Who Rule the World and the People Obsessed with Them (St. Martin’s Press; On sale: July 4, 2017) journalist David MacNeal takes us on an off-beat scientific journey that weaves together history, travel, and culture in order to define our relationship with these mini-monsters.

Just like bugs, this book is global in its scope, diversity, and intrigue. Hands-on with pet beetles in Japan, releasing lab-raised mosquitoes in Brazil, beekeeping on a Greek island, or using urine and antlers as means of ancient pest control, MacNeal’s quest appeals to the squeamish and brave alike. When the journey comes to an end, MacNeal examines their commercial role in our world in an effort to help us ultimately cherish (and maybe even eat) bugs.

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Full Event Calendar

June 2017

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • WizardWorld Comic Con
  • Mayfair Night Market - Jr. Entomology Program Kick-Off!
  • Moth Ball- After Hours at the Insectarium
  • WizardWorld Comic Con
  • Frankford Ave Arts First Friday
  • Settlement Music School Open House
  • WizardWorld Comic Con
  • WizardWorld Comic Con
  • Comedy Showcase at the Butterfly Pavilion
  • Kids' Health and Safety Fair
  • Greater Northeast Chamber of Commerce Luncheon
  • Mayfair Night Market - Jr. Entomology Program Meeting
  • Pennypack Parks on Tap

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