NATURE CLASSES NEW IN 2020!
Hopewell Fish & Game Association has exciting news to announce!
One of newest members at Hopewell is Dean Lee Evans. A security contractor by trade, Dean is also a lifelong amateur insect collector. He and his wife run a 501(c)3 non-profit organization called the Keystone Natural History Preservation Foundation, which holds hand-on seminars and classes for groups and organizations.
Dean’s collection and teachings primarily involve insects, but his collection of more than 40,000 specimens also includes shells, rocks, fossils, and taxidermy specimens.
Dean and his wife have generously offered to partner with our upcoming youth program of events to offer youth participants an opportunity to learn something different during our events.
Specifics are still being worked out, but here is a sneak peak at some unique and exciting programs proposed for two of our upcoming events.
Join Dean at the Hopewell Youth Fishing Clinic on April 26, 2020 as he offers us a youth oriented lecture called, "Aquatic Insects: What They Tell Us About The Health of Our Water."
Biologists can get a quick snapshot on the immediate health of a given body of water by simply looking at the types of aquatic insects present in the water and underneath rocks!
Dean will offer a one hour seminar here at Hopewell on the types of aquatic insects that are present in our steam and pond on the property. He will cover the types of aquatic insects present, how to identify them, how to tell the difference between larval insects and adult insects, and how they are important to the ecology in both aquatic and terrestrial form.
This is a great lecture to also learn how various lures used in fishing resemble actual living insects! And since surprises always lurk underwater, Dean might have the opportunity to discuss other non-insect creatures that might turn up.
This will be an outdoor class that will include getting our feet wet so please be prepared!
If you are hungry for more education after our April event, join Dean on May 10, 2020 as he offers a youth oriented lecture about terrestrial insects with his lecture, "Insects and Bugs: Do you know the difference?"
While we frequently call various creepy crawlies bugs, did you know that a bug is actually a type of insect?
Dean will offer a one-hour presentation on the basic characteristics of insect identification. Our youth participants will learn many great things like how to tell the difference between moths and butterflies, learning that fireflies are actually not flies, but beetles, how to tell which insects are actually bugs, and why other creatures are not insects at all!
This lecture will start indoors or under our pavilion, but move outdoors to learn how to use an insect net to collect insects somewhere on the club property!
Later on in the day, Dean will host a second class for our older participants that wish to explore an interest in building a more professional collection with his class on, Insect Collections: How to Identify and Mount Your Insects!
This lecture, geared more towards our older youth participants, is designed to introduce youth with no prior insect collecting skills how to start an insect collection by taking an insect, learning how to properly label it, and mount it using appropriate pins and equipment.
Please keep a close eye on our website to register for these events!