The Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a special session with the Iowa State University Department of Entomology Insect Zoo on Sunday, April 24, 2022, from 1 - 4 p.m. at the Mercer Park Aquatic Center and Scanlon Gyms, 2701 Bradford Drive.

Check out over 100 species of living arthropods on display at this event. Knowledgeable Insect Zoo staff will talk about the animals on display and help you handle millipedes, beetles, walking sticks and more! Bring in your photos of bugs to be identified or even the bug itself.

You will have the opportunity to learn about the diversity, ecology and behavior of arthropods.  Enjoy engaging, hands-on, indoor and outdoor activities on pollinators, and more provided by many community organizations. The Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile will also be on-site.

All are welcome and this event is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult and all participants are encouraged to wear a mask.

For more information, contact Joyce Carroll at

Date of publication

Wednesday, April 20, 2022