By Jan Erdahl, Museum Director

School is out, the pool is open and Festival of Trails is right around the corner. When you are looking for ways to add some fun and education to your summer don’t forget to check out all the activities the Museum has going on. Watch next week’s Progress Review for a complete listing of our summer enrichment classes.
Our first summer enrichment class, “Back to Nature: Birds and Butterflies” will be Thursday, June 8th from 11:00-12:30 at the Rural Iowa Heritage Center at 413 Chestnut. It is designed for preschool students age 4-5. Students will learn about the birds and butterflies around us and the important role they play. Students will play games, and make a birdhouse and a butterfly craft to take home. Students should bring a sack lunch to enjoy picnic style at our butterfly garden. Cost of the class is $10.00. To register you may stop by the Museum and pick up a form or call the Museum at 319-342-3619.
Iowa Museum Week is June 12-18th. The perfect way to celebrate Iowa Museum Week is to stop in and see us! We are open Tuesday and Wednesday from 11-4 and Thursday from 11-6. Come and see all that our Museum has to offer! As the conclusion to Iowa Museum Week and also to celebrate Festival of Trails we will be offering the traveling ISU Bug Zoo at the Main Street Museum on Saturday, June 17th. The Museum will be open on from 11-2. Come and see hissing cockroaches, scorpions, spiders, tarantulas and scores of other critters that go bump in the night! This hands on activity teaches about the world of arthropods. Get your kids up off the couch and explore nature and the world around them. This is event is FREE, provided through the support of the La Porte City Council on Aging. Be sure to thank them for their support of this event. In addition to the Bug Zoo at the Main Museum, we will be open at the Rural Iowa Heritage Center. Students who learn the “stop, drop and roll” technique will be rewarded with a Dalmatian fire hat. This activity will run from 11-2, while supplies last.