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UI CALS Summer of Science Events Start Saturday at Moscow Farmers Market, UI Campus

May 30, 2017

The Summer of Science starts Saturday, June 3, at the Moscow Farmers Market with a series of programs and events to help young children have fun while learning about science and practicing its basic skills. 

Young scientists can pick up a free kit to equip them with the tools of science from the University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences tent at the market. The college is sponsoring the Summer of Science events. 

The first event planned Saturday, June 3, will feature entomologists, scientists who study insects. Michael Parrella, an entomologist and the college’s dean, will lead a team of insect experts at the Moscow Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to noon.

A special Saturday Academy of Science program and a tour of the William F. Barr Entomological Museum on the UI campus will follow from 1 to 2 p.m. Children will learn more about local insects and see some of the museum’s more than 1 million insect specimens.

The campus program will be held at the Iddings Agricultural Sciences Building at Sixth and Rayburn Streets.

Summer of Science events are geared to children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Children will explore insects and other animals, food, plants, water, soil, money, agriculture and the ways that science helps people learn about them.

Children who visit the college’s tent Saturday at Moscow Farmers Market near the clock at Friendship Square at Fourth and Main Street will examine insects under large magnifying glasses and practice drawing bugs.

Parrella is vice president of the Entomological Society of America. He will be joined by Ed Bechinski, a popular speaker on insects who specializes in integrated pest management and serves as UI Extension entomology specialist for North Idaho.

Insect experts Ed Lewis and Shirley Luckhart, who recently established the UI Center for Health in the Human Ecosystem, will also join the team.

On June 10, the farmers market program from 9 a.m. to noon will focus on native pollinators, from honey bees to bumble bees to butterflies.

Another Saturday Academy of Science program highlighting native pollinators and short expeditions to find them will follow from 1-2 p.m. at the south entry to the UI Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 1200 West Palouse River Dr.

Other Summer of Science programs at the market include:

  • June 17: Growing plants from leaves with UI horticulture professor Bob Tripepi
  • June 24: Earthworms, including the giant Palouse earthworm, with UI soil science professor Jodi Johnson-Maynard

Summer of Science events at Moscow Farmers Market will run through August. For more information, visit

Media Contacts
Bill Loftus
Science writer, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

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