Mosquito Control’s education center and museum to open Tuesday


The Anastasia Mosquito Control District will hold the grand opening for its Vector Education Center and Science Museum, inviting the public to an exclusive event on Tuesday, March 26. The opening ceremony at 8 a.m. will be followed by tours of the Science Center from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

This special occasion coincides with Anastasia Mosquito Control’s 19th Annual International Arbovirus Surveillance and Mosquito Control Workshop. Speakers scheduled for this event include:

  • Anastasia Mosquito Control District Chair Gayle Gardner
  • City of St. Augustine Mayor Nancy Sikes-Kline
  • World Health Organization/Tropical Disease Research, Dr. Florence Fouque
  • CDC Division of Vector Borne Disease representative, Dr Roxane Connelly
  • Navy Entomology Center in Excellence Office in Charge, Dr. Ian Sutherland
  • University of Florida — Medical Entomology Laboratory Vice Chair Dr. Daneil Hanh
  • American Mosquito Control Association President Rui-De Xue
  • Florida Mosquito Control Association President Richard Weaver

The Vector Education center and Science Museum promises an immersive experience into the world of insects, particularly focusing on mosquitos and other vectors. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to explore live bee and ant colonies, as well as embark on a simulated helicopter ride mimicking mosquito surveillance over the historic city of St. Augustine.

“Our aim is not only to educate, but to inspire a greater understanding of the vital role mosquito control plays in public health,” said Dr. Whitney Qualls, assistant director of the Anastasia Mosquito Control District. “Through our exhibits, visitors will gain insight into the intricate ecosystems of insects and the significant impact they have on our daily lives.”

The center also aims to highlight the diverse career opportunities within the field of entomology, encouraging visitors to consider the possibilities within this realm of study.

Reviewers have likened the Vector Education Center to those found in prestigious institutions like the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., praising the depth and breadth of the displays offered.

The event will be held at the Vector Education Center and Science Museum, 120 EOC Drive, St. Augustine. Admission is free and will remain free until the official opening to the public on July 10. Hours of operation after March 26 will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, contact the Vector Education and Science Museum at 904-257-9880.