Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 11:30 am

GRINNELL, IA— If creepy crawlies give you the heebie jeebies, then this workshop may be for you. The Grinnell College Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA) is hosting a two-day citizen science workshop June 18-19 for those interested in learning more about the amazing diversity of insects.

Participants will receive hands-on instruction in methods of finding and collecting specimens in the field (like sweep netting, pitfall trapping, soapy bowls, night-lighting), and then identifying and photographing their collections in the Environmental Education Center laboratory at CERA. The workshop will be led by MJ Hatfield, insect enthusiast and expert from Ames; Jackie Brown, professor of biology at Grinnell College; and John Pearson, botanist and ecologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The workshop is designed for beginners, and most appropriate for those over 16 years old. For a $100 registration fee, each participant will receive an insect collection and preservation kit, workshop materials, and lunches and snacks for Friday and Saturday. High school and college students may participate at a reduced rate. More information about the workshop is available at www.grinnell.edu/academic/biology/cera/insects-workshop, or by contacting Larissa Mottl at 641-269-4717.

The workshop is co-sponsored by the Grinnell College Center for Prairie Studies, Grinnell College Department of Biology, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Department of Transportation Living Roadway Trust Fund, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Iowa Native Plant Society, and the Iowa Prairie Network.