Insects and Arachnids for Beginners

July 22, 2017 @ 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
High Park Nature Centre
375 Colborne Lodge Dr
Toronto,ON M6R 2Z3
$25 / $37.50 / $50

Insects and Arachnids for Beginners
Workshop for Adults

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Dr. Emily MacLeod, enthusiastic entomologist, will lead you through the fascinating world living just outside your doorstep. This workshop is designed for all levels of insect-appreciators to deepen their understanding of the micro world of insects. Starting indoors, Emily will teach you the bug basics. In the second half you will hike through the forests and fields of High Park to find insects in their natural habitats and learn more about their wonderfully secret lives.
You will learn:

  • amazing adaptations and life histories of bees & beetles, arachnids & ants and so many more
  • anatomy of insects and arachnids
  • how to identify insects including the most common bees in Toronto
  • how to observe insect behaviour
  • how insects and arachnids fit into our urban ecology
  • how to begin identifying insects to order
  • where and how to find local species of interest
  • how to separate facts from myths

Inclement Weather Date: At the discretion of the workshop leader, this workshop may need to be rescheduled due to severe weather such as a thunderstorm or high winds. In this situation, the Nature Centre will email participants at least one and half hours prior to the program start time. The rescheduled Inclement Weather date for this workshop would be Sunday, July 22nd from 1-5pm.

Instructor Bio

Emily MacLeod is an expert in animal behaviour, having earned her PhD at the University of Toronto studying the mating habits of black widow spiders. She trained as an entomologist during the course of her BSc at the University of Guelph. She loves looking for insects and spiders, and figuring out why they do what they do.
UCTV Prime Cuts interviews Emily for a special segment: Mysteries of the Black Widow
CBC’s Quirks & Quarks program includes an interview with Emily: listen to the full program here:

Cancellation Policies

Requests for refunds made 14 or more days before the start of the program will receive a 90% refund (10% will be retained as an administration fee).  Requests for refunds made less than 14 days before the start of the program will receive no refund.  Requests for cancellations or refunds must be made in writing and submitted to the High Park Nature Centre at

Please note, the High Park Nature Centre may cancel any event if the minimum number of participants is not achieved 14 days prior to the start of the workshop.  We would notify registered participants of cancellation at that time and provide a full refund.