Distance Learning

The Missoula Butterfly House & Insectarium believes deeply that regardless of where you live, you should have access to engaging, powerful educational opportunities. With that belief in mind, we have developed an exciting and fun set of programs available to any classroom with an internet connection and webcam.

With the onset of the uncertain times we’re living in we know teachers are looking for ways to connect with their students from a distance. To support teachers and students around the country, we’ve further updated our programs so that students and teachers can all log on to experience an MBHI field trip from the safety and comfort of their homes.

What’s Included?
– Live Bug Ambassadors are featured in each and every program.
– A knowledgeable presenter that loves bugs and kids and is excited to introduce your classroom to their new 6, 8, and many-legged friends.
– Complete technical support to ensure a stress and hassle-free experience.
– Information about how each program supports NGSS standards.

Program Descriptions:

Super Spiders: We cover everything from spider anatomy and feeding habits to how they grow and defend themselves. We’ll meet a wide range of spiders and dispel old and inaccurate spider myths.

Beetlemania: Did you know that there are more beetle species in the world than there are mammal, bird, fish, and reptile species combined? We’ll learn all about how this beetle diversity developed, what makes a beetle a beetle, and the adaptations that helped them survive and thrive in ecosystems around the world.

Little Things, Big Jobs: Who runs the world? BUGS! During this fun program, students will get the chance to learn about three major roles arthropods have in our ecosystem. We’ll talk about the importance of pollination, the balancing act of predation, and the dirty and messy world of decomposition.

Millipede vs. Centipede: While at first glance millipedes and centipedes might seem like essentially the same animal, we can assure you they are actually quite different! During this program, students will become pros at recognizing the difference between these two amazing animals. You’ll even get to meet our most famous millipede, Milton, and we’ll end the program by feeding our largest centipede.

Bug Biomimicry:
What kind of inventions can we come up with if we use the bugs around us for inspiration? This program introduces students to Bug Ambassadors and the inventions that they have inspired. The program is capped off with a simple engineering challenge inspired by water striders that students can do at home with their families.

Creative Creatures:
What would a bug look like if it were perfectly adapted to camouflage with your backyard? In this fun and creative program, students will practice their observation skills on bugs from around the world that are experts in the art of camouflage, discussing how these traits help them to survive. The adventure wraps up with a chance to design an insect, a brand new species, using leaves and other natural elements from around your yard.

Technical Requirements: Programs are delivered via Google Meet or Zoom and are accessible to anyone equipped with a computer with a webcam, microphone and internet connection. Full tech support can be provided throughout the process as needed.

Cost: $40 per program, per class.

Program Length: Each program runs for approximately 45 minutes, with an additional 10 to 15 minutes set aside for questions at the end.

Scheduling: Programs can be scheduled any time during a typical school day. We’ll work with you to pick a date and time that works for your class.

Reach out to Carolyn Taber at 406-317-1211 or carolyn@missoulabutterflyhouse.org to schedule and learn more.