Athens, Ga. – The State Botanical Garden of Georgia at the University of Georgia will host its annual Insect-ival Family Festival Sept. 21 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Visitor Center and Conservatory. As part of the event, a butterfly release will take place at 11 a.m. on the lawn of the International Garden.

The event will feature discovery stations, roach and beetle races, an insect café, puppet shows and lots of live insects. Attendees can hold a hissing cockroach, test their skills at games, jump like an insect and peer into an active beehive to learn more about insects and their environments

Admission is $5 per person with a $20 maximum per family. Children under the age of two are free. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, call 706-542-6156 or see

Insect-ival is sponsored by the garden, EarthShare of Georgia, the UGA Lund Club, the UGA department of entomology and the Georgia Museum of Natural History. Pre-registration is not required.

About the State Botanical Garden of Georgia
A unit of the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach at the University of Georgia, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia provides the general public as well as UGA faculty, staff and students opportunities for recreation, events, research and learning through its natural areas, display gardens and building spaces. The State Botanical Garden is located at 2450 South Milledge Ave., Athens, one mile south of the Athens Perimeter. For more information, see