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NMSU's Arthropod Museum Plans Open House

LAS CRUCES - Tarantulas, vinegaroons and scorpions are something most people try to avoid, but the public will have a chance to learn about these and other creatures at an open house April 27 for New Mexico State University's Arthropod Museum.



A tiger beetle collected at Bitter Lakes National Wildlife Refuge explores its surroundings at NMSU's Arthropod Museum, which plans an open house of live and mounted insects, spiders, scorpions and crustaceans on April 27. (04/16/2004) (NMSU Agricultural Communications Photo by David Richman)

Cases of mounted tropical and native insects, a number of living creatures, microscopes for closer viewing, a library and photographs of arthropods (insects, spiders, scorpions and crustaceans) will be on hand at the museum.

NMSU's Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science will host the open house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Room W168 of Skeen Hall.

"Come visit this top-notch facility, meet the staff and learn about our busy history and expanding future," said science specialist David Richman. "We encourage you to explore, ask questions and discover our high level of service to NMSU, the Las Cruces community and New Mexico through efforts in research, diagnostics, teaching and educational outreach."

Richman said the staff speaks to school children locally, in neighboring communities and even in Albuquerque, where they participate in the School to World program for about 2,000 middle- and high-schoolers. The staff's many outreach efforts include starting the Insect Expo program in 1999, which now reaches more than 2,000 students each year at the downtown mall, sponsored by the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park; working with the Master Gardeners program; making presentations at Ranch Days in Catron County and Earth Day in Otero County; and working closely with 4-H and FFA members on entomology contests.

Skeen Hall is on the campus of NMSU, just south of University Avenue on Knox Street. Visitor parking is available on the south side of the large parking lot west of Skeen Hall.

For more information, or if you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the open house, please contact David Richman at (505) 646-2900 or nmbugman@taipan.nmsu.edu before the event.