2014-06-26 / Front Page

Butterflies, Spiders and Snails



The children’s Great Insect and Butterfly Program was held recently in the quarry meadow at Newport’s Ballard Park, and 14 aspiring entomologists (including pictured above, James Dugan Chavis, 4; Jaylin Rose, 8; and Sydney Luna, 7) embarked on new learning adventures. Staff member Bridgette Mason conducted a short class on insects and butterflies while also explaining their importance to the environment. Equipped with nets, magnifying glasses, and tweezers, the children quickly dispersed across the meadow in search of insects, snails and spiders. The feelings of the youngsters could best be summed up by nine-year-old Keegan Bidlack, of Newport, who said, “This is really fun and I’ve learned a lot about bugs and how they live. I want to do this again.” (Photo by Jack Kelly) The children’s Great Insect and Butterfly Program was held recently in the quarry meadow at Newport’s Ballard Park, and 14 aspiring entomologists (including pictured above, James Dugan Chavis, 4; Jaylin Rose, 8; and Sydney Luna, 7) embarked on new learning adventures. Staff member Bridgette Mason conducted a short class on insects and butterflies while also explaining their importance to the environment. Equipped with nets, magnifying glasses, and tweezers, the children quickly dispersed across the meadow in search of insects, snails and spiders. The feelings of the youngsters could best be summed up by nine-year-old Keegan Bidlack, of Newport, who said, “This is really fun and I’ve learned a lot about bugs and how they live. I want to do this again.” (Photo by Jack Kelly)

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