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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. This summer we will be co-hosting summer camps with partner organizations across town. We are still working on the details for a few of these camps and will be sharing details about our camps as they become available. More information will be available soon – check back in the coming weeks – 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.

What’s Buzzin’ with the Clark Fork School

Date: 6/15 – 6/19
Times: 8:30am – 3:30pm
Ages: Kids going into 2nd or 3rd grade
Location: Clark Fork School, 2525 Rattlesnake Drive
Before/After Care Available?: Yes
Cost: $200
How & When to Register: Register on their website HERE. If you are an MBHI member and would like to register early please reach out to Carolyn for the password.
Description: June in Missoula is the perfect time to get outside and search for some of the incredible local bugs that call our community home. This camp is all about the amazing local bugs of Missoula. We’ll talk native pollinators, meet the aquatic insects of Rattlesnake Creek, search for grasshoppers, spiders, true bugs and more. And don’t worry, we’ll hold some wild and crazy Bug Ambassadors from around the world each day as well! Join us to play and explore to learn “what’s buzzin’” in Missoula this summer!

Bug Adventures with the Missoula Community School (2 age groups available!)

Please note that with this camp there are a few different options. There will be two sessions running simultaneously this week: one for younger kids (ages 3 – 5) and one for older kids (ages 5 – 8). There is also a choice on how many days of camp you would like to sign up for. A five day (Mon – Fri) option is available as is a three day (Tues – Thurs) option. Extended care (8am – 5pm) is also available for an additional charge.

Date: 6/22 – 6/26
Times: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Ages: Lil’ Bugs ages 3 – 5 and Big Bugs ages 5 – 8.
Location: Missoula Community School, 239 S. 5th Street West. 
Before/After Care Available?: Yes
Cost:
5 day week: $217
3 day week (Tuesday – Thursday): $131
How to Register: Registration opens on April 6th. Register on their website HERE.
Description: This camp is going to cover all things bugs! We’ll explore everything from metamorphosis to camouflage tactics, adaptations to food chains. Each day will feature new Bug Ambassadors to meet and hold, bug themed activities, adventures and more.

Creative Creatures 1 with ZACC

Dates: 7/13 – 7/17
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Ages: 6 – 12
Location: ZACC, 216 W. Main St., Missoula, MT 59802
Before/After Care Available? No
Partner Organization: ZACC, Zootown Arts Community Center
Cost: $265
Description: This camp sits right at the intersection of art and science. Thanks to an exciting new partnership between the Missoula Butterfly House & ZACC, campers will have access to both professional bug and art educators, live Bug Ambassadors to hold and fabulous art supplies. We’ll explore, hold live Bug Ambassadors, go on bug hunts and create unique, fun art projects every day. This camp is perfect for all young bug lovers, especially those with artistic inclinations!
Registration Link: HERE

Creative Creatures 2 with ZACC

Dates: 7/27 – 7/31
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Ages: 6 – 12
Location: ZACC, 216 W. Main St., Missoula, MT 59802
Before/After Care Available? No
Partner Organization: ZACC, Zootown Arts Community Center
Cost: $265
Description: This camp sits right at the intersection of art and science. Thanks to an exciting new partnership between the Missoula Butterfly House & ZACC, campers will have access to both professional bug and art educators, live Bug Ambassadors to hold and fabulous art supplies. We’ll explore, hold live Bug Ambassadors, go on bug hunts and create unique, fun art projects every day. This camp is perfect for all young bug lovers, especially those with artistic inclinations!
Registration Link: HERE

Please note that the two “Creative Creatures” camps we are running with ZACC are more or less the same camp. There will likely be some variation in terms of specific art projects and bug activities but the overall theme and content is the same. Hosting this camp on two separate weeks allows us to make sure a large number of kids have access to this fun and creative camp!

Animal Superheroes with spectrUM

Date: 8/3 – 8/7
Times: 9:00 – 4:00pm
Ages: Ages 6 – 9
Location: Skaggs Building on the UM campus
Before/After Care Available? No
Partner Organization: spectrUM Discovery Area
Cost: $245, $220.50 for members of either spectrUM or MBHI.
How & When to Register: You can register on their site HERE or by calling the spectrUM front desk at 406-728-STEM. MBHI members should call the main Butterfly House office at 406-317-1211 for a discount code to access to access a 10% discount for members.
Description: Can you jump as far as a snow flea? Or run as fast a cheetah? What about lifting as much as a Hercules beetle? Have fun this week with spectrUM and the Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium, as we explore the great powers of animals – and test our own superpowers! Each day features fun adventures, games and even interactions with live Bug Ambassadors. We’ll play to learn all about the impressive adaptations, abilities and strengths of animals!

Wild World of Bugs – an MBHI Original!

Date: 8/10 – 8/14
Times: 9:00 – 4:00pm
Ages: Ages 6 – 9
Location: Skaggs Building on the UM campus
Before/After Care Available? No
Partner Organization: None,  we’re running this camp solo using classroom space on the UM campus.
Cost: $220, $200 for members.
How & When to Register: Register opens 2/28, HERE.
Description: This camp is all about bugs, all the time. Daily bug hunts? Yup! Tours of bug research labs across the UM campus? You bet! Plenty of bug holding time? Of course! We’ll be exploring the world of bugs right in our own backyard as well as bugs from habitats all around the world. We hope you’ll join us as we do all of our favorite bug activities, play our favorite bug games and create all of favorite bug crafts. It’s going to be bug-tastic!

Bug Olympics with the YMCA!

Date: 8/17 – 8/21
Times: 9:00 – 4:30pm
Ages: Grades 2 – 3
Location: YMCA on Russell Ave
Before/After Care Available? Yes, included free of charge.
Partner Organization: YMCA
Cost: $202, $182 for members. MBHI members should call the main Butterfly House office at 406-317-1211 for information on how to access the discounted registration rate.
How & When to Register: Registration is now open. Register HERE.
Description: We are so excited to be partnering with the Y to put on the 2020 Bug Olympics! Discover all of the amazing feats bugs can do and try your own hand at a variety of Olympic activities. During this camp will have you training for the Olympics yourself while taking a deep dive into the world of bugs.
Extras: This camp comes with free breakfast, lunch and snacks for all campers. Early and after care are also included free of charge.


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!


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 Butterfly House & 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 were able to use their classroom to offer a few day camps this year. There are no more dates for the 2019/2020 school year but we plan to have a full list of camps for next school year!

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 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: 5 – 11

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