Merryspring Nature Center will host a free Bug Safari workshop for children and adults Sunday, July 24 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the bugs in their own backyard and meet some local insects face-to-face. Participants will make “bug suckers” or aspirators for catch-and-release bug hunting. Through activities and crafts, children will learn about these tiny critters and how they are so important to the planet. The last half of the program will be a hike around the park to look for insects in the gardens, forests and fields.

Bug Safari is part of Merryspring’s Nature Explorers series, led by Environmental Educator Sarah Lambson, which is offered on the fourth Sunday of the month from June through September, and introduces a different nature-based topic each month. A second series, Outdoor Adventures, is offered on the second Sunday of each month from June through September, and focuses on a different family-friendly outdoor activity each month.

Family programs are sponsored in part by Camden National Bank and offered free of charge. Activities are designed for ages 5-12 but are open to all ages. All children must be accompanied by an adult. In case of rain, activities will be moved indoors and the program will only run until 2 p.m.

Merryspring is a member-supported nonprofit nature education center and park located at the end of Conway Road off Route 1 by the Hannaford shopping plaza in Camden. For more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239 or visit