Schools Out Day Camps
Throughout the school year, public schools in Missoula have conferences or teacher professional days where students are out of class. Unfortunately, most working parents do not have these days off. On most of these days the Missoula Insectarium hosts “Schools Out Bug Camps”. These day camps are full days of fun games, activities, adventures and lots and lots of bug time.
Monday, January 15th
Monday, February 19th
Friday, March 9th
Monday, April 23rd
Cost: $50, $45 for members
Length: 9am – 4pm
Ages: 5 – 11
For more information: Museum Educator, Carolyn Wiley Taber – firstname.lastname@example.org
Each summer we host four wonderful, week-long day camps here at the Insectarium. Each day features bug holding opportunities, time outside observing bugs in their natural habitat, and fun games, projects and activities.
Cost: $200, $180 for members
Length: 9am – 4pm, 5 consecutive days
Ages: 5 – 11
Dates: 6/18 – 6/22
Program Description: Bees and butterflies and flowers, oh my! In honor of National Pollinator Week we’ll be spending our days learning all about how pollinators work, the importance of pollination and how to conserve and support our pollinating friends. Between buzzing bees, beautiful butterflies and blooming gardens – there is a ton to learn about in the world of powerful pollinators. We’ll play games, go on bug hunts in area parks, build beautiful creations and hold real life Bug Ambassadors every day.
Dates: 7/9 – 7/13
Program Description: How do aquatic insects of the Clark Fork River fit into the larger river food web? Why are decomposers so important anyway? What is the real story behind the relationship between spiders and humans? During our Ecology Experiments Bug Camp we’ll tackle these questions and more as we play, explore and create to learn. We’ll conduct experiments and let our very own live Bug Ambassadors teach us about habitats, food chains and more. Each day we’ll go on a bug hunt around the river front trails of downtown Missoula and hold live Bug Ambassadors.
Dates: 7/23 – 7/27
Program Description: During our Creative Creatures Bug Camp we’ll take on a whole new set of creative projects. We’ll learn by creating books, paintings, prototypes and more. This camp sits right at the intersection of art and science. What’s better than expressing what you’re seeing through the eye of a microscope with oil pastels, creating a model spider web or a 3D honeybee hive? We can’t think of much! We’ll explore, hold live Bug Ambassadors and go on bug hunts every day. This camp is perfect for all young bug lovers, especially those with artistic inclinations!
Lil’ Things, Big Jobs
Dates: 8/13 – 8/17
Program Description: Insects are the little things that run the world – can you imagine a world without powerful pollinators doing their part to create all of the tasty fruits and veggies found in our favorite meals? What if there were no decomposers turning dead plants into fresh soil? Even predators like spiders play an important role in our food chain. We’ll spend this bug camp taking on the identity of different little bugs with big jobs in our environment. We’ll play games, explore, hunt for bugs in the parks, hold Bug Ambassadors and so much more during this fun week of bug based adventures!
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 – email@example.com