Big Bugs at Morris Arboretum

"Big Bugs" GrasshopperI had the immense pleasure of taking an outing yesterday with my favorite nature kids, Libby, Penny, and Emmet, and their Mom, Mary, our neighbors from across the street.

We joined them to explore the Big Bugs exhibit at Morris Arboretum, where 11 huge sculptures of bugs made from natural forest materials are currently installed all around the grounds of the arboretum.

These sculptures are the work of talented artist David Rogers, whose work first debuted at the Dallas Arboretum in 1994. Check out David’s portfolio to see all of his “bugs.”

Libby stops to learn from one of the many interpretive signs helping kids to learn more about nature:

Big Bugs Libby

I like to visit the Morris Arboretum with children because I’m very impressed with the lengths they have taken to make this arboretum a place where kids can explore the natural world around them.

While Morris Arboretum doesn’t place any emphasis on the native plants of our region, they do have a world-renowned collection of specimens of plants from around the world, a philosophy I call “The Plant Zoo.”

"Big Bugs" Grasshopper

Libby (age 7), Penny (age 5), and Emmet (age 2) were eager to show me their favorite bugs, and we happily raced down the path to see the first one, the Grasshopper.

Next up? The Praying Mantis! Penny was happy to imitate this striking pose:

"Big Bugs" Praying Mantis

And the Dragonfly:

"Big Bugs" Dragonfly

And finally, the spiders web:

"Big Bugs" Spider

The Big Bugs exhibit will be at Morris Arboretum through the summer of 2013, so if you’re going to be in the area, it’s well worth a visit to see these amazing sculptures.

See more of my favorite nature kids:

See the whole series of photos from our visit to Morris Arboretum:

And learn more about sharing nature with the kids in your life:

Where is your favorite place to share nature with the kids in your life? Please leave a comment below and tell me all about it.

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Carole Sevilla Brown is a Conservation Biologist who firmly believes that wildlife conservation begins in your own back yard. Carole is an author, educator, speaker, and passionate birder, butterfly watcher,  and naturalist who travels around the country teaching people to garden sustainably, conserve natural resources, and create welcoming habitat for wildlife so that you will attract more birds, butterflies, pollinators and other wildlife. She gardens for wildlife in Philadelphia, zone 6b, and created the philosophy of Ecosystem Gardening. Watch for her book Ecosystem Gardening, due out soon. Carole is managing editor of  Beautiful Wildlife Garden, and also  Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens. Follow Carole on Facebook and also @CB4wildlife and on Google+


  1. Carole, I have seen the Big Bugs at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL. They are FUN! David Rogers Bugs will be at the Morton, IL again starting May, 2013:
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