Tabatha Yang opens children’s eyes to the wonderful world of bugs when she makes her annual visit to the Shriners Hospital School. Tabatha is a program representative for the Bohart Museum of Entomology at UC Davis. For the past several years, she has come to Shriners Hospital in Sacramento to show kids insects from all over the world and introduce them to her career in entomology. Tabatha’s classroom instruction provides kids with insight into the role of insects in our world and the environment in which we live.
Located on the University of California, Davis campus, the R.M. Bohart Museum of Entomology is dedicated to teaching, research and service. The museum is home to the seventh largest insect collection in North America. The collection includes more than seven million specimens, focused mainly on terrestrial and fresh water invertebrates. The museum also is home to the California Insect Survey, a storehouse of the insect biodiversity of California’s deserts, mountains, coast and great central valley.
The Shriners Hospital School partners with community organizations to enrich the learning experience of hospital patients. A joint project of Shriners Hospitals for Children and Sacramento City Unified School District, the on-site public school provides education to children in preschool through 12th grade.