Free Family Event - Bird and Bug Bonanza

Updated January 23, 2018
Bird and Bug Bonanza

We'll be gettin' buggy with it at Bird and Bug Bonanza, our free event held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 3 at the Roseville Utility Exploration Center, 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd., in Mahany Regional Park. Enjoy fun games and activities for the whole family as you get up close and personal with life in our local habitat.

Flow down the storm drain on a journey to explore Cruddy Creek in our interactive creek crawl. Join the Bug Squad to find out about the insects that help keep our ecosystem healthy. Head into our Home Tweet Home where you can build a birdhouse ($10 materials fee, while supplies last). Travel to our game room and play Busy Bees, Flip-In Creek, Lady Bug Power and Creek Patrol to learn about keeping our creeks clean — and win prizes doing it!

Visitors can also see larger than life bug sculptures made from a combination of discarded auto and motorcycle parts, some dating from the 1920s through the 1970s. Experts from Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District, Bohart Museum of Entomology, Placer County Master Gardeners, Dry Creek Conservancy and the City of Roseville Stormwater Division will be on hand to share their knowledge on pollinators and beneficial bugs, bats, and bluebirds; integrated pest management; and proper disposal of household hazardous waste. 

“When a creek is healthy, it's hopping with life,” says Rachel Tooker of the Roseville Utility Exploration Center. “But water flowing into our creeks doesn't just come from rain, it comes from our storm drains too. And choices we make about pesticides in our garden, products we use when washing our car, and cleaning up after our pets can influence the health of our creeks and the valuable ecosystems they support.”

Bird and Bug Bonanza will be filled with fun, interactive activities where the whole family can discover the good, the bad and the buggy! For more information, call (916) 746-1550 or visit www.roseville.ca.us/explore.