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School’s Out Day Camps

Throughout the year there are a few days that schools across Missoula close for teacher development programs or other events. Unfortunately, for many working parents these dates don’t always line up with traditional office holidays. The Missoula Insectarium is excited to host School’s Out Day Camps on many of these dates to give kids a fun, safe place to explore and learn while their parents are at work. These day camps are full days of fun games, activities, adventures, and lots and lots of bug time.

Good news! We may have moved out of our location at 218 E Front Street but we’re still able to host School’s Out Bug Camps this school year! How you might ask? Thanks to our friends, and temporary location hosts, the Montana Natural History Center, we’re able to use their classroom to offer a few day camps this year. We’re even teaming up to host two School’s Out Day Camps together, combining all of our resources into a jointly run “super camp”! Take a look at the dates below to see which ones are run by us solo and which we’re offering in combination with the fine folks at MNHC. And don’t worry – ALL of our camps still feature time with Bug Ambassadors!

Fall 2019 Dates
Thursday, October 17th – An Insectarium camp at MNHC – SOLD OUT
Friday, October 18th – An Insectarium camp at MNHC –SOLD OUT
Friday, November 15th – An Insectarium camp at MNHC –SOLD OUT

Spring 2020 Dates

Monday, January 20th – A joint camp with MNHC – Register HERE
Monday, February 10th  – An Insectarium camp at MNHC – Register HERE
Monday, February 17th – A joint camp with MNHC – Register HERE

Cost: $50, $45 for members
Length: 9 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: 5 – 11

For more information: Museum Educator, Carolyn Wiley Taber – carolyn@missoulabutterflyhouse.org


Summer Camps

For the past four summers we have hosted four wonderful, week-long day camps at our Insectarium location on Front Street. With our recent move there will be a change to how and where we offer camps in the summer of 2020. Check back over the winter and in early spring for details – or join our mailing list (in the column to the right of this very page) to be in the know about all of our updates.


A few testimonials from past camp parents:

“I won’t hesitate to look for this camp and include it in our summer scheduling next year! I have video of my son presenting his science fair project to me and it is something I will cherish forever. He already knew so much about bugs, but he shocked me with the big words he was using and explanation of concepts that I don’t even fully understand. It was a super proud mom moment!” – parent of a past camper

“A month later and I’m still hearing bits and pieces of things Morgan learned, and memories from her time in camp.” – parent of a past bug camper

“On the drive home each day, my two kids and their two friends would go on and on relaying all the bug facts they learned each day. They would excitedly talk over each other, getting louder and louder, kindly correcting each other … I wish I recorded it. It was hilarious and they all learned a tremendous amount!” – parent of a past bug camper

For more information: Museum Educator, Carolyn Taber – carolyn@missoulabutterflyhouse.org

As you can see, we have a good amount of fun with our Bug Campers! Scroll through for some great images from this summer’s three bug camps.