Xtreme BUGS, presented by Legacy Termite & Pest Control, is now open at the Clinton Presidential Center!
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The Clinton Center's newest temporary exhibit, Xtreme BUGS, is a study and celebration of some of Earth’s most fascinating inhabitants. Surrounded by giant, larger-than-life animatronic insects, Clinton Center visitors will be transported into a vivid, dynamic, and awe-inspiring new environment and get an up-close look at the fascinating physical characteristics of bugs and the science behind their mind-boggling behaviors. The exhibit is designed to inspire, surprise, and educate visitors of all ages.
Xtreme BUGS will be migrating soon, so come see them before they leave on July 23. Click here for admissions and ticket information.
Xtreme BUGS explores the science of survival and the many ways bugs rely on mass populations to serve their needs. The immersive experience will introduce visitors to the extreme nature of bugs that we may not often consider. By exploring why bugs look and behave as they do, this exhibit offers a new way of seeing the tiny creatures we often consider pests.
“According to the Pulitzer Prize winning biologist E.O. Wilson, ants, termites, bees, and people are among the most successful species on earth because they are the greatest cooperators,” said President Bill Clinton. “Insects are a window into how our world works, and show us how species thrive through cooperation – whether a colony of ants, or a community of people working together to make the world a better place.”
Bugs come together in extreme populations to survive: Ladybugs stack together by the millions to hibernate and stay warm through the winter. Dragonflies assemble and travel amazing distances on the jet stream to find suitable climates for each stage in its life cycle. And bugs have a critical role to play in our environments. Bees pollinate more than one-third of all crops for human consumption. Spiders provide some of the best pest control for the common household.
“I'm thrilled that we are able to bring this one of a kind exhibit to Little Rock for the spring and summer,” said Stephanie S. Streett, executive director of the Clinton Foundation. “We can learn a lot from bugs. I believe visitors of all ages will be surprised and fascinated not only by the incredible physical characteristics of these creatures but also by their peculiar behavior patterns.”
The 20 giant animatronic bugs are larger-than-life, and so are their naturalistic settings. Clinton Center visitors will experience how the world would appear from a bug’s eye view. And vibrant backdrops illustrate bug habitats found around the world, including a dewy rainforest floor, the expanse of sub-Saharan Africa, a gentle meadow, and a boggy burrow to name a few.
The educational staff of the Clinton Foundation has created grade-specific educational programs and tours to accompany Xtreme BUGS, the Clinton Center’s 45th temporary exhibit. School groups are asked to make reservations two weeks in advance and always tour the Clinton Center at no cost. Reservations can be made at: https://www.clintonfoundation.org/cpceducation or by calling 501-748-0419.