Learn about spiders during hands-on evening workshop

Have you ever wondered how wolf spiders got their name? Or how they can see so well at night?

If you’ve ever questioned what purpose spiders really serve, there’s a workshop coming up you don’t want to miss. Dustin Wilgers, Ph.D., from the Department of Natural Sciences at McPherson College, will be hosting several interactive evening workshops to teach kids and adults about Kansas spiders. Those in attendance will gain a better understanding of spider biology, adaptation and the importance of spider conservation. Participants will also have the opportunity to see and handle live spiders.

Each two-hour workshop will begin at 8:30 p.m. and include a night-walk to find and catch wolf spiders. Participants are asked to bring a flashlight or headlamp, although a few extras will be available for loan.

Upcoming workshops will be held at the following locations:

July 17: Flint Hills Discovery Center, Manhattan (Must register through the Flint Hills Discovery Center)

July 24: Lakewood Discovery Center, Salina

August 7: Sternberg Museum, Hays

August 8: Sternberg Museum, Hays

For more information, or to sign up, contact Wilgers at [email protected].

This project is made possible with funding provided through the Chickadee Checkoff Small Grants Program of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.