J.O.Y. for Nature: Spiders and Ticks and Butterflies, Oh My!


Arthropods – animals with jointed legs and an exoskeleton – are all around us. Of all the classes of arthropods, insects are the most diverse. There are more species of insects than of any other group of animals, and many have not even been discovered yet. They affect many aspects of human life, from food production to housing. While some insects harm us by spreading disease, destroying plants, or damaging our homes, others help us by pollinating our crops, eating other insects, and recycling nutrients in nature. Insects are also used to advance knowledge in many scientific fields, such as ecology, molecular biology, medical research, forensics, even robotics!

J.O.Y. for Nature (Juniors or Youths for Nature) is a monthly series dedicated to showcasing different career opportunities in nature for youngsters. From examining tiny bugs to exploring outer space, each month will focus on a specific nature topic and how youth can explore more of that profession for school. This series is geared towards middle school young adults ages 9 – 12, who are interested in discovering different career paths in nature.

Activity Details Led by IRC

Sunday, April 22, 2018
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Duration (hours:minutes):
City of Irvine
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Staging Area:
Portola - Round
2.5 miles
Elevation Change:
370 feet
Minimum Age:
Family Friendly:
Spaces Left:
14 of 25

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