The Mill Creek MetroParks Farm in Canfield experienced an infiltration of bugs on Sunday. It was the park's Bug Day event that showcased the insect world for children and families.
''It started in 1992,'' said Mill Creek MetroParks naturalist Ray Novotny. ''It runs every other year, opposite our reptile exhibit.''
The Bug Day program is geared towards families with a wide array of bug-related activities. Upon entering the visitor's center at the farm, children received a Bug Day event card that listed nine different stations including Bug Bingo, micro bugs, honey harvest (bees), bug exhibits, bug races, bug stories, bug crafts, bug fun, and bug hunts out on the farm.
Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
St. Christine fifth-graders Jeff Sinclair of Canfield and Daniel McClelland and Anthony OáHara from Austintown took some time to color in interesting insects during the Mill Creek MetroParks' Bug Day on Sunday. The three boys are best friends both in and out of school. They attended the event with Jeffás dad, John Sinclair.
The youths needed to attended six of the nine events. They got their event card punched after completing each station. Once they had enough, they returned to the entrance and received their Master of Bugology certificate.
The event drew kids from all over Ohio. Daniel and Rebekah Davenport came from Blanchester near Columbus. They attended the event with their grandfather, Tim Dove from Canfield. Conor and Jack Sutton came from Hudson and attended the event with their grandmother, Della McPherson from Poland.
There were several father and son teams at the event. John Sinclair of Canfield brought his son, Jeff, and his best friends, Daniel McClelland and Anthony O'Hara of Austintown. The three young bugologists will be entering the fifth grade at St. Christine's in a few weeks.
Also attending were Mike Kovach and his son, Michael, who were proud to receive their Master of Bugology certificate while enjoying the day together.