Bug Barcoding: a citizen science project

Saturday, March 6
9:15 am – 2 pm
FREE with registration, Limited spots available
For ages 19 and older

Collect an ant, mosquito, or beetle and join us for a half-day, hands-on experience.

You will extract your bug’s DNA and, through a laboratory technique called DNA barcoding, take a look into the insect’s genetic recipe to determine its specific identity.

Your data will contribute to maps that inform scientists where species live as a part of a national citizen science project, “Citizen DNA Barcode Network.”

Lunch and Admissions to the Exhibits is not included

Register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bug-barcoding-pilot-at-cook-museum-registration-137828174781 or call 256.898.6312.


  • At Cook Museum of Natural Science
  • Open to adults age 19 and older
  • Saturday, February 20, 2021
  • 9:15 am – 2 pm, with a 45-minute break to enjoy lunch (not included)
  • Admissions to the Exhibits is not included

Each participant will have their own socially distanced table at which to work. The Cook Museum of Natural Science, as an entertainment venue, is following the state mandate requiring face coverings to be worn in public places. Please have all visitors age 7 and above wear a mask while in the Museum.

This project was developed by the DNA Learning Center of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and funded through an NIH SEPA grant. In coordination with the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and the Citizen DNA Barcode Network.



Feb 20 2021


9:15 am - 2:00 pm


FREE with registration, Limited spots available
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