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The Sawtooth Botanical Garden’s 15th annual Bug Zoo will draw kids eager to study more than numerous species of insects, reptiles, amphibians and other critters on display.

Last year more than 1,500 people participated in Bug Zoo, a nearly two-week event hosted by the Sawtooth Botanical Garden each year.

“Children remember Bug Zoo for years. Maybe some of the first participants are now studying to be entomologists,” said Kim Chaplin, the garden’s education program assistant.

The 2019 Bug Zoo theme is “Survival!” It will focus on the survival strategies of animals and plants, including migration, cooperation, and adaptation in the face of new challenges.

The educational fun begins on Saturday, April 27 at 11 a.m. with the Bug Zoo Festival.

Participants will spend time inside and outside at the garden and can enjoy face painting, do the scavenger hunt, make art, or learn about flowers and how to garden with insects in mind.

Bug Zoo Festival No. 2 on May 4 will also be festive, with a tree-planting celebration of Arbor Day.

The fee for each festival is $5 for adults, $3 for kids 5-18, and free admission for kids under five. (Se habla espanol.)

Classroom educational opportunities are available by appointment during the week from April 29 to May 3, and May 6 to May 9. Individual drop-in visits take place between 3-5 p.m. on those days.

Touring the Bug Zoo in the greenhouse and visitor center, participants will be able to observe insects and reptiles, and a see-through bee hive.

The Sawtooth Botanical Garden at 11 Gimlet Road four miles south of Ketchum.

For information and the schedule, visit sbgarden.org or call 208-726-9358.

Email the writer: tevans@mtexpress.com

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