EOA students Mike Wolfin and Zach Cohen have been visiting local schools educating students about different insects and arthropods while Joanna Fisher has been visiting with groups like 4H, Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, Master Forest Owners, EAB First Detectors trying to teach the public how to identify invasive species like emerald ash borer, hemlock woolly adelgid, and Asian longhorned beetle.
The Naturalist Outreach group has been visiting local classrooms and community groups to talk about the natural history, ecology, and behavior of animals and plants. They have also created a series of videos teaching the public about an array of issues from pollination to bats to aquatic insects and more. This group is not only teaching but trying to inspire and engage more people into science.
The Lost Ladybug Project has done countless outreach events nationwide and has a very interactive website in which participants can upload photos and help identify rare ladybugs across the United States. Adults and children are asked to participate and are given numerous learning tools to help them in their search.
Insectapalooza is a one day insect fair held annually by the department bringing in families from as far as Michigan each year. This event reaches thousands of visitors who get hands on experience learning about many different arthropods, their importance and benefits to our community.
Emprire Farm Days and the New York State Fair are two other annual events attended by the Department of Entomology where large groups of people are reached.