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Summer Fun Series: Bats, Bees, Birds, and Bugs!

Bring the whole family down to the Joslyn Castle Wednesday evenings in June as our grounds are transformed into a classroom!

We are excited to invite the community to this FREE all-ages series that will teach us how to coexist with nature in our urban environment.

Learn about beautiful and beneficial bats, observe a real bee hive, take a bird walk with an ornithologist, and touch real creepy crawlers! The Summer Fun Series is a chance to get up close and personal to our thriving ecosystem right here in Midtown Omaha!

The event begins at 6:30pm. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket as we will be on the lawns.

June 6 - Bats: Carrie Nunez, a Master Naturalist with the Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari, will lead a talk on Nebraska’s beautiful and beneficial bats. Where do they live, what do they eat, and what to do when you cross paths with a bat?

June 13 - Bees: Dr. Judy Wu-Smart, the Apiary Manager of the University of Nebraska Lincoln’s Bee Lab, will lead a discussion about the rapid collapse of local bee populations and what can be done to prevent further damage to vital colonies. Dr. Wu-Smart is bringing an observation hive and sample jars of local honey from the UNL Bee Lab for attendees.

June 20 – Birds: The Audubon Society of Omaha' Clem Klaphake, an expert ornithologist, to lead a birdwatching expedition on the Castle grounds. Along the way, enjoy a talk about common bird species in the Omaha region and how to best co-exist with our feathered friends. Attendees will get to take home wild bird seed packets supplied by the Audubon Society!

June 27 – Bugs: The Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s education department will visit the Joslyn Castle grounds for an interactive experience with LIVE creepy crawlers! Discover local butterfly and bug species and get up close a personal with a few new friends. In addition, learn how to create your OWN pollinator garden to encourage local species! Indian Creek Nursery will be providing packets of local wildflower seeds to help you get started.