McPherson Public Library to hold spider walk

By Chris Swick
June 19, 2015

The McPherson Public Library is going to bring you up close and personal with spiders next week.

The McPherson Community Spider Walk will be held June 26 from 9-10 p.m. at the Lakeside Park Bandshell and will be hosted by McPherson College Biology Professor Dr. Dustin Wilgers.

The event is open to all ages and those attending are encouraged to bring a flashlight.

Wilgers will give a brief introduction into the world of spiders before leading the partcipants on the night walk to find and catch wolf spiders. All spiders caught will be released back into the wild at the end of the program.

“I’ve found these events to be very popular with both kids and adults,” Wilgers said. “In fact, often kids start out with the headlamps, but shortly after we begin, the adults typically ask for a headlamp to use.” 

Some extra headlamps will be available on site. Wilgers will also have several other species of spiders on hand for people to see.

The event is being made possible through funding fromthe Chickadee Checkoff small grant program from the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.