The South Coast Botanic Garden launched its new program Incredible Journey: Bugs on Friday, Dec. 13, and it will run daily through March 29, 2020.
The program is aimed at educating Garden visitors about all the butterflies, spiders, ants and bees that can be found in the Garden. Whichever journey Garden visitors decide to venture on, they will transform into that bug – literally. The Garden will provide props for them to “transform” into their bug for the duration of their journey through the Garden, which includes stops at various stations to learn about their bug. The journey ends at The Watering Hole, where all the bugs will gather to discuss their day.
“We are always looking for ways to create unique and fun experiences for Garden visitors while also educating them on the unique species in the Garden – it just so happens the species in this event is bugs rather than plants,” said Adrienne Nakashima, chief executive officer, South Coast Botanic Garden. “Bugs are a vital part of our ecosystem. It’s time to bring them center stage.”
Incredible Journey: Bugs is also aimed at encouraging visitors to explore new areas of the Garden’s 87-acres. Similar Garden programs include The Great Pumpkin Hunt, which recently ended, and Fairies vs. Trolls.
“Visitors often don’t realize how big our garden is, and they seem to visit the same areas frequently,” said Nakashima. “These programs allow us to guide visitors to corners of the Garden they may have never experienced, often times seeing new plants, trees, wildlife and even art along the way.”
Incredible Journey: Bugs is recommended for guests of all ages. Visitors who want to partake in the journey are encouraged to pack comfortable walking shoes, snacks, water, sunscreen and a picnic to enjoy along the way. Price is included with Garden admission.