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Bugs! Our Backyard Heroes

25 October 2019 - 9 February 2020

Free Entry

Bugs may have a reputation for being small, scaly and scary but some creepy crawlies are actually superheroes in disguise!

Bugs! Our Backyard Heroes is a family-friendly, hands-on educational experience that brings visitors face-to-face with some real live mini-monsters. The exhibition explores the secret world of bugs and the vital role they play in our lives without us even realising it!

Featuring ‘Eugene’, the giant centipede, and his friends the tree weetaa, stick insects, locusts, crickets, cockroaches and Avondale spiders, the exhibition provides an opportunity to learn about different native species of bugs in New Zealand and the sometimes precarious position they hold in the ecosystem.

There are plenty of hands-on activities for youngsters to get involved in, including how to become a citizen scientist and how bugs inspire those on the frontline of technology.

Education programmes are available for this exhibition.  (Developed and toured by Puke Ariki. Photo credit: Puke Ariki.)


Bee a Hero! One day only, family-friendly event - don't miss out!

18 January 2020

1pm -3pm

Free event, but numbers are limited so book your places now!

Eventbrite - Bat Tour

Learn about  bees and why they're important to us.  Find out why honey bees dance and if they can be trained.  Discover what makes honey bees different from bumble bees. See and touch some baby bee hatchlings!

Join us to hear from two of New Zealand's leading bee scientists, Dr Mark Goodwin, and Dr Ashley Mortensen (Plant and Food Research). You'll be delighted and surprised!  It's free for the whole family.

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