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Saturday with a Scientist: Insects in Icy Times

Date: 03/15/2014

Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Location: Bell Museum of Natural History

Cost: Free with Museum Admission


Why should we care about how insects deal with winter? For starters, they are an ice fisherman’s best friend as they provide food for fish, and serve as an indicator of water quality. Plus, cold spells throughout the winter may kill some of the worst invasive ones that harm our state’s trees.

At March's Saturday with a Scientist, get to know Petra Kranzfelder, Jane Mazack, Andrea Hefty, Samuel Fahrner and Kelly Nail, PhD students in Entomology here at the University of Minnesota when we take a look at real insects that were found in the water, on snow and on land during winter. Learn about how their life history allows them to survive the long, cold Minnesota winters. We can even compare them to the insects that live in warm, tropical areas and predict why they look and act so different.

The Bell Museum's brand-new program Saturday with a Scientist is designed especially for children and families, and provides a unique opportunity to explore the Bell and participate in activities inspired and led by real University of Minnesota scientists and students.

Most Saturday with a Scientist activities are free with museum admission. Some optional activities may have additional costs to cover supplies and special guests.


  • Name: Katie Speckman
  • E-mail: sathe095@umn.edu
  • Sponsored by: Bell Museum of Natural History


Parking is available in 4th Street Ramp, Church Street Garage, or at nearby parking meters.

More information: http://www.bellmuseum.umn.edu/ForFamilies/SaturdaywithaScientist/index.htm

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact Visitor Services at (612) 626-9660.

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