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Family Friendly: Insect Safari

There are insects and spiders all around us, but they might as well be invisible if we don't know a little about them. The world of arthropods is vast and fascinating, with thousands of species. No single person can ever hope to see and learn them all, but it is fun to try. Valerie Bugh, an experienced local entomologist, will give pointers on finding, identifying, and understanding these little creatures that rule the world. Join us for a casually-paced, detail-oriented bug hunt in the varied terrain of Wild Basin.

Suggested items to bring: close-focusing binoculars, a hand lens, a digital camera, and an inquisitive mind.


Portions of the hike will occur off-trail. Therefore, participants must wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, and closed-toe hiking-appropriate shoes for protection. Sun protection such as sunscreen and hats are strongly recommended. Limited to 30 individuals. Suitable for children accompanied by adults. All youth must be under parental supervision at all times and participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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  • Lindsay C.

    Leader was great, lots of good information, very knowledgeable. We attended as part of the Texas Nature Challenge and so glad we did!

    June 2, 2014

  • Rosann B.

    Great! Valerie Bugh is an amazing leader. Thanks, Valerie for your expertise and appreciation of insects. A great family friendly event.

    May 31, 2014

  • Sachin A.

    Great hike, many bugs, a flat headed brown snake and a tarantula

    May 31, 2014

  • Clarke R

    Very informative and fun!

    May 31, 2014

  • Kim J.

    Sorry for the delayed reply Sachin. I hope you were able to find it! Yes, our address is 805 N. Capital of Texas Hwy (loop 360). We are 1.5 miles north of Bee Caves Rd. Our drive way is right off of 360 and as you approach you will see a large brown sign at the end of the driveway that says: Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve

    May 31, 2014

  • Sachin A.

    Is the address to meetup 805 N 360? Map seems to indicate its between westlake and beecave road. Is there a parking lot just off 360 or do we have to go a little inside ?

    May 31, 2014

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