Butterfly Pinning Workshop

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Event Overview

When we say insect pinning, we're not talking about starting a Pinterest board for all the colorful bugs you find online. We're talking about the much older, cherished tradition of preserving and mounting species of real insects into display cases in the name of observation, research and art.

Insect lovers (or just lovers of pretty things) will learn how to properly pin and display a dried insect specimen in this Dabble class. We'll cover the basics of how and why you should start an insect collection, how to get insect specimens, the collecting and pinning equipment every pinner needs to have, as well as tips and tricks for preparing beautiful, quality works of insect art.

All materials are provided and students will pin and take home their own colorful butterfly or moth.

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Julia Colby has a B.Sc in Forest Biology from SUNY- Environmental Science and Forestry and an M.Sc in Entomology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where her research focused on South American scarab beetles. She has worked for the Nature Museum as the Collections Assistant and Entomologist since 2008 on a variety of specimen inventory projects.

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    Lauren V.
    Reviewed on 04/22/16

    A wonderful class! I would definitely recommend it to both the curious and enthusiasts alike. A quick lepidopterology lesson followed by a walk through the butterfly hall and a tutorial on pinning basics left plenty of time for learning by doing! The teacher was very attentive and spread his time evenly amongst the class. Went home with some lovely pinned specimen!

    A wonderful class! I would definitely recommend it to both the curious and enthusiasts alike. A quick lepidopterology lesson followed by a walk through the butterfly hall and a tutorial on pinning basics left plenty of time for learning by doing! The teacher was very attentive and spread his time evenly amongst the class. Went home with some lovely pinned specimen!

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    Alicia S.
    Reviewed on 04/19/16

    This class was so fun. the teacher was very really great and full of information. i would take this class again!

    This class was so fun. the teacher was very really great and full of information. i would take this class again!

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    Jenny C.
    Reviewed on 10/17/15

    I thoroughly enjoyed the insect pinning class. As an insect pinning at home hobbyist I am thankful for the enthusiasm the teacher had for his job and his class!

    I thoroughly enjoyed the insect pinning class. As an insect pinning at home hobbyist I am thankful for the enthusiasm the teacher had for his job and his class!

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    Erika V.
    Reviewed on 05/10/15

    I LOVED this class! We got a really interesting entomology lesson to start off and the pinning was really fun. The teacher was super helpful and patient. Then we got a private tour of the butterfly garden. AWESOME all around.

    I LOVED this class! We got a really interesting entomology lesson to start off and the pinning was really fun. The teacher was super helpful and patient. Then we got a private tour of the butterfly garden. AWESOME all around.

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    Macy B.
    Reviewed on 04/16/15

    Awesome class! Got to take home some beautiful butterflies. I would recommend this class for sure!

    Awesome class! Got to take home some beautiful butterflies. I would recommend this class for sure!

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    John S.
    Reviewed on 10/16/14

    The butterfly pinning class was a lot of fun. Maybe the best Dabble class I've taken so far.

    The butterfly pinning class was a lot of fun. Maybe the best Dabble class I've taken so far.

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    Negin A.
    Reviewed on 02/11/14

    Karen and Allan, the entomologists who taught the class, we're engaging and knowledgable. I had a lot of fun, learned useful tips that I hadn't learned
    in biology classes, and got to take home a beautiful, pinned butterfly. I am glad that I invited
    friends along too.

    Karen and Allan, the entomologists who taught the class, we're engaging and knowledgable. I had a lot of fun, learned useful tips that I hadn't learned
    in biology classes, and got to take home a beautiful, pinned butterfly. I am glad that I invited
    friends along too.

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    Julia H.
    Reviewed on 02/08/14

    This class was AMAZING!! so interesting and fun! The staff really made you feel at easy and not afraid to make mistakes. There were so many butterflies to choose from- it was really a great learning experience.

    This class was AMAZING!! so interesting and fun! The staff really made you feel at easy and not afraid to make mistakes. There were so many butterflies to choose from- it was really a great learning experience.

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    Mary F.
    Reviewed on 02/06/14

    I've been to several classes at the nature museum and they are always fabulous! The teachers for the butterfly pinning class were nice, helpful and experts in their field. I got to pin several butterflies and I can't wait for them to dry so I can frame them and show off my new quasi-talent!

    I've been to several classes at the nature museum and they are always fabulous! The teachers for the butterfly pinning class were nice, helpful and experts in their field. I got to pin several butterflies and I can't wait for them to dry so I can frame them and show off my new quasi-talent!

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    Kate G.
    Reviewed on 10/09/13

    This class was great! We were provided with some gorgeous butterflies from the Butterfly Haven at the Museum (don't worry, they died of natural causes!), given a some fascinating background on the history of insect collecting (apparently, a woman entomologist from the 17th century was deemed insane because of her interest in collecting butterflies), and then shown how to turn our butterflies into works of art. The class was very small (only 5 people), so we got lots of individual attention if we wanted it, and we each got to take home two pinned butterflies and a nice shadowbox to put them in. The evening concluded with an after-hours tour of the Butterfly Haven, where we got to see live butterflies emerging from cocoons and flying in the open air. It's an awesome experience, don't miss it!

    This class was great! We were provided with some gorgeous butterflies from the Butterfly Haven at the Museum (don't worry, they died of natural causes!), given a some fascinating background on the history of insect collecting (apparently, a woman entomologist from the 17th century was deemed insane because of her interest in collecting butterflies), and then shown how to turn our butterflies into works of art. The class was very small (only 5 people), so we got lots of individual attention if we wanted it, and we each got to take home two pinned butterflies and a nice shadowbox to put them in. The evening concluded with an after-hours tour of the Butterfly Haven, where we got to see live butterflies emerging from cocoons and flying in the open air. It's an awesome experience, don't miss it!

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