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UC Riverside Joins Riverside Municipal Museum in Welcoming Insect Safari

The Smithsonian O. Orkin Insect Safari crawls into Riverside

UC Riverside joins Riverside Municipal Museum in welcoming exhibit

(October 18, 2002)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- In partnership with the University of California, Riverside Entomology Department, the Riverside Municipal Museum will be hosting the Smithsonian O. Orkin Insect Safari traveling exhibit on October 26 and 27, 2002. Live insects, family-friendly activities, and presentations by UC Riverside scientists are just a few aspects of this community event.

Produced in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution, the Insect Safari is housed in a multicolored, 53-foot mobile unit, filled with interactive displays and scientific facts. With insects and arthropods (insect relatives) as its focal point, the exhibit explores four primary themes focusing on the role insects play in our environment and our everyday lives.

During the two days the museum will be hosting Insect Safari, other activities will include: opportunities to see and touch live insects; insect-themed games; special features in the Museum's Nature Lab; an insect costume contest, and presentations from UC Riverside entomologists.

In tune with heightened public awareness about the role insects play in our every day lives - including everything from africanized bees, fire ants, western pine beetles and West Nile Fever mosquitoes to the Delhi sands flower-loving fly - every aspect of the Insect Safari event will closely examine the positive and negative functions of insects in our local ecosystems, homes, and open areas.

Centrally located in downtown Riverside, the Riverside Municipal Museum is a community museum that collects, exhibits and educates people about the cultural and natural history of greater Riverside.

The University of California's entomological research in southern California dates back to 1906. Over the years, the UC Riverside Department of Entomology has excelled in virtually all phases of entomological research and developed a scope of expertise unmatched by any other entomology department in the country. Today, the UC Riverside campus is on the cutting edge of advanced entomological research and features a unique new Insectary and Quarantine facility that permits the safe study of exotic organisms from around the world.

WHAT: Smithsonian O. Orkin Insect Safari event at the Riverside Municipal Museum in partnership with the University of California, Riverside Entomology Department

WHERE: 3580 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA

WHEN: October 26, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
October 27, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

ADMISSION: Free of charge

CONTACT: Wendy Sparks, Associate Education Curator- Science,
Riverside Municipal Museum
(909) 826-5273, e-mail:

Dr. Thomas M. Perring, Professor, Department of Entomology
University of California, Riverside
(909) 787-4562, e-mail:
UC Riverside's Prof. Tom Perring shares insects with a student.

UC Riverside's Prof. Tom Perring shares insects with a student.

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