Terminix Global Holdings, based in Memphis, Tenn., recently reimagined and relaunched its Harry’s Big Adventure program, in partnership with the Audubon Nature Institute. The program includes an educational website and curriculum and is dedicated to teaching students in grades K-6 about insects.
“As a company, we’ve always worked to advance the awareness and understanding of insects,” Valerie Middleton, Terminix’s senior director of communications, said in a news release. “We’re thrilled to relaunch Harry’s Big Adventure, providing teachers, parents and students in the neighborhoods and communities we serve, with free access to knowledge, resources and support for interactive learning.”
Terminix revived the program with online platforms, since students are learning virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual classroom visits and online education tools feature Terminix technical experts and professional educators from the Audubon Nature Institute.
“Audubon Nature Institute is excited to partner with Terminix to revive Harry’s Big Adventure and inspire a new generation to make a positive impact on the natural world,” Audubon Nature Institute President and CEO Ron Forman said in the news release. “Insects are some of the most important and least understood organisms on our planet, and our team of expert entomologists can’t wait to bring their fascinating world directly into K-6 classrooms through interactive virtual programming made possible by the generous support from Terminix.”
The program originally launched in the 2000s, and has included an educational IMAX film; a traveling exhibit hosted at science centers and children’s museums; and a life science curriculum and lesson plans approved by the National Science Teaching Association.
“Insects and arachnids are only pests when they are entering our homes and businesses or causing damage,” explained Dan Baldwin, BCE, director of technical, training, and regulatory services for Terminix, as well as a PMP “Ask the Expert” columnist. “Otherwise, they play an integral part in the health of our ecosystem, so educating children about them is a critical component of understanding our world.