Family-friendly Insect Collecting

Alamo Sierra Club Outings & Events
Alamo Sierra Club Outings & Events
Public group

Phil Hardberger Park (West)

8400 NW Military Highway · San Antionio, TX

How to find us

This is PHP (West) on NW Military ~0.2 miles SE (toward 410) from Wurzbach Parkway. Enter and go straight after stop sign into Urban Ecology Center parking area. You will find us in the back UEC patio area.

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This event's general sponsors are the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy, the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department's Natural Area Office, Alamo Area Master Naturalists, and the Alamo Group of the Sierra Club. Its purposes include appreciating the beauty of our natural area and learning about its most common insects. The event will be lead by Nicolas Phillips an expert student of Entomology and an award-winning insect collector.

The morning begins with a brief overview in the small classroom, with time for viewing collections, questions, passing out nets, and explaining proper net technique. Following that, a collecting party will commence on the savanna. Participants will net insects bringing them to a central location for Nicolas to comment on and, where possible, identify. Nicolas uses the collected specimens to explain general concepts. The netted insects are released back into nature. Last year we found Walking Sticks, all kinds of grasshoppers, and butterflies.

Finally, after about an hour collecting on the savanna, we will head back into the classroom to briefly see how insects are actually preserved and pinned for collecting.

Please arrive on the patio at 7:45 am SHARP to register for an 8:00 am start. Minors only when accompanied by an adult parent/guardian. Dogs are not appropriate for this event. DIFFICULTY: Easy, definitely geared to families with children, as well as interested adults. This will not be a hike and should end around 10:15 am.

The areas around the savanna are natural surfaces and grasses, so be sure to wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Insect repellent is definitely necessary and sun screen is advised.

Suggested $3 individual or $5 family donations to the PHP Conservancy to support enhancements to the park. Parents interested in learning more nature for their children will be given information on the park's children materials. Contact Stan Drezek [masked]) for additional information or questions.

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