The Missoula Butterfly House & Insectarium believes deeply that regardless of where you live, or how your school year is unfolding, 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 anyone with an internet connection and webcam.

In these uncertain times we’re living in we know teachers and families are looking for ways to connect with engaging educational content from a distance. To support teachers, students, and families around the country, we’ve further updated our programs so that participants 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 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.

Who can participate?
Distance Learning programs from the Missoula Butterfly House & Insectarium are great for a wide range of learners. Whether you’re a group of families homeschooling together or a formal classroom teacher, we’re excited to work with you and your students! There’s also no need to be in Missoula or even Montana. Thanks to the power of distance learning technology we’ve been able to work with students from around the country! We typically work with grades K – 5 but are able to adapt most programs for middle and high school level students as well.

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 will be provided throughout the process as needed.

Cost: $40 per program, per class.

Scholarships: In an effort to ensure that as many schools as possible are able to experience exciting arthropod education we work hard to ensure that scholarship funds are available each year. Click HERE to apply for a scholarship for the 2020/2021 school year.

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

Scheduling: We’ll work with you to pick a date and time that works for your class, family, or homeschool group.

NGSS Standards: Distance learning programs from the Missoula Butterfly House & Insectarium are designed to accommodate a range of ages and grade levels. With that age range in mind we have identified the Crosscutting Concepts, Science and Engineering Practices and Disciplinary Core Ideas that each program supports. Our Creative Creatures and Bug Biomimicry programs, however, have grade level specific NGSS standards that they address. Creative Creatures addresses K-LS1-1, while Bug Biomimicry addresses 1-LS-1. Learn more about the standards that each program addresses by taking a look at our in-depth standards information document.


Program Descriptions:
Each program below includes the grade levels it is best suited to support. Most programs however, can be easily adapted for a variety of ages and we are happy to work through that process with you.

Super Spiders (K – 5): 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 (3 – 5): 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 help them survive and thrive in ecosystems around the world.

Little Things, Big Jobs (K – 5): 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 (K – 5): 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 (K – 5, ideal for 1st grade):
What kind of inventions can we come up with if we use the bugs around us for inspiration? This program introduces students to our 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 (K – 5, ideal for kindergarten):
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.

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