by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - One of Bug Fests primary goals is to educate young children about the natural world.Kristie Reddick and Jessica Honaker, self-proclaimed “Bug Chicks,” will help the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District celebrate its 13th annual Bug Fest.

The event will be held on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tualatin Hills Nature Park Interpretive Center, 15655 S.W. Millikan Way in Beaverton.

Reddick and Honaker, two Portland-area entomologists, will display live bug habitats and kick off their web series, “The American Sofa Safari,” at Bug Fest, which helps young visitors understand the important roles invertebrates play in our environment.

“We are excited to have the Bug Chicks join us at this year’s event,” said Karen Munday, program coordinator at the Interpretive Center. “Their vast knowledge of invertebrates from around the world is going to be a great addition to our exhibits featuring local bugs and their habitats.”

Bug Fest, presented by the park district in partnership with Metro, features interactive discovery stations, crafts, games and a range of activities that help attendees experience the boneless/spineless creatures that keep the environment healthy. Participants are encouraged to bring their own bugs for experts to identify.

This year’s theme is “Bug Habitats: In the Park...and Beyond.”

The park district’s natural resources staff will help guests understand habitats near and far — from the backyard and local parks to forests and meadows around the world — and how bugs make their home in so many of them.

“Beetles, butterflies, bees, slugs, spiders, ants and other bugs are heroes of our planet because they help recycle fallen trees, pollinate flowers and provide food for animals,” Munday said. “We hope Bug Fest inspires some children to want to become entomologists.”

Admission to Bug Fest is $3, but children ages 2 and younger are free. Food and beverages from Qdoba will be available for purchase.

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