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Summer Camps

Ensuring that our campers have a safe, educational, and fun experience during our programs has always been, and will continue to be, a top priority for us at the Missoula Butterfly House & Insectarium. The presence of COVID-19 in our community heightens the importance of providing a safe learning environment for our students, staff, and volunteers. Towards that end we have consulted with the Missoula Health Department to ensure we are doing everything possible to meet that goal.

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

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 – SOLD OUT

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

Check out the ZACC Health & Safety website for more information on the COVID-19 policies and procedures for this camp.

Creative Creatures 2 with ZACC – SOLD OUT

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

Check out the ZACC Health & Safety website for more information on the COVID-19 policies and procedures for this camp.

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 – SOLD OUT

Date: 8/3 – 8/7
Times: 9:00am – 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 a 10% discount.
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!

Check out the spectrUM camps website for more information on the COVID-19 policies and procedures for this camp.

Wild World of Bugs – an MBHI Original! 

Date: 8/10 – 8/14
Times: 9:00am – 4:00pm
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: Registration opens 2/28. Register HERE.
Description: This camp is all about bugs, all the time. Daily bug hunts? Yup! Lots of time spent playing and learning outside? 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 from habitats all around the world. We hope you’ll join us for our favorite bug activities, games and crafts. It’s going to be bug-tastic!

To keep our campers, staff and volunteers safe, we are implementing the following policies:

  • Daily health screenings for students, staff and volunteers
  • Sanitation protocols that include the daily disinfection of any group materials and commonly touched surfaces in the classroom.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the room and hand washing will occur regularly.
  • Camp size limited to a group of no more than 12 students.
  • A “home base” in the classroom for each student that is six feet apart from other students.
  • A dedicated set of materials for each individual student whenever possible
  • Activities that can be done outside and with students and staff socially distanced, when possible.
  • A mask requirement for staff when getting within six feet of students is required
  • A mask requirement for students during bug holding sessions. Bug holding sessions necessitate students and staff being in close contact and during these sessions both staff and students will be asked to wear masks.
  • Open, transparent, and kid-friendly conversations with students about our plan to keep them safe. It is our goal that students understand the “whys” behind the new procedures and policies in an age appropriate manner.

If you have questions about our camp, don’t hesitate to reach out to Museum Educator Carolyn Taber at 406-317-1211 or at carolyn@missoulabutterflyhouse.org.

Bug Olympics with the YMCA! – SOLD OUT (wait list available)

Date: 8/17 – 8/21
Times: 9:00am – 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 we 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.

Check out the YMCA 2020 Camp Updates website for more information on the COVID-19 policies and procedures for this camp.


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.

Check back for the 2020 and 2021 camp dates. 

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