Teachers and Camp Directors, we are now scheduling field trips to the Insectarium! During your field trip to the Missoula Insectarium, we will provide your students with an exciting, hands-on learning experience featuring our live Bug Ambassadors that will get kids interested in the world around them.

Each field trip includes exploration time in the Insectarium, activities in our classroom, and interactions with Bug Ambassadors. We offer a range of resources for our teachers including pre and post visit activities, chaperone guides, logistical support and more.

Field trips run one hour and thirty minutes and can accomodate up to 30 students at a time. If you have more than 30 students we will work with you to come up with a logistical solution. In the past groups of 50 to 60 students have had half the group come in the morning while the other half visits the public library, park or other space downtown. After breaking for lunch midday the groups flip flop and the second half of the students visit with us in the afternoon. We need at least 30 minutes between programs to reset the classroom and are more than happy to help work out all of the scheduling details with you.

The base cost for a field trip is $40, which covers up to 10 students. Each additional student is $4. We can handle up to 30 students per field trip and require at least 1 adult chaperone per 10 children. Adults beyond that 1:10 ratio are $4 each. For homeschooling groups the lead coordinating chaperone is free of charge, all other adults will be charged $4.

Schedule a Field Trip today by contacting our Museum Educator, Carolyn, by phone at 406-317-1211 or by filling out the inquiry form below.

Download a pdf of Teacher FAQs for Field Trips.

Please note that there is a $40 cancellation fee for field trips cancelled within 72 hours of the program start time.

Program Scholarships

Thanks to the generous support from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation we are able to offer a limited number of program scholarships this fall and winter. Priority will be given to Title 1 schools and those with financial need. To apply, please fill out the scholarship application at the link HERE.

Field Trip Programs for Kindergarten – 5th Grade

Bug Biomimicry

Grade Levels: 1-5, great for small schools with combined classrooms.
Number of Students: 30
Duration: 1.5 hours
Biomimcry is what happens when humans design inventions based off inspiration from the natural world. Many of the species of Bug Ambassadors we have here at the Insectarium have inspired human inventions. During this program students will learn biomimicry via the inventions inspired by arthropods and have the chance to employ the Engineering Design Process to build a lifeboat inspired by water striders.
NGSS Standards:
“Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking plant and animal structures and functions that help them survive, grow and meet their needs” (NGSS: 1-LS1-1)

Little Things, Big Jobs

Grade Levels: K-3
Number of Students: 30
Duration: 1.5 hours
Arthropods run the world, doing all sorts of jobs that we humans tend to take for granted. On this field trip students explore the “Big Jobs” that little arthropods do for us every day. Students will take part in an “Arthropod Job Training Program” where they learn about the roles of decomposers, pollinators and predators in our environment.
NGSS Standards:
“Develop a simple model that mimics the structure and function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants” 2-LS2-2
“Develop and critique a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment” 5-LS2-1

Super Spiders

Grade Levels: Scalable for k-5, great for small schools with combined classrooms.
Number of Students: 30
Duration: 1.5 hours
Spiders are often under-appreciated and one of the most misunderstood arthropods out there. This field trip will demystify spiders and show students how exciting and interesting they truly are. Students will meet Rosie the Tarantula and play games to learn more about Rosie and her kind.
NGSS Standards:
“Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals, including humans, need to survive” K-LS1-1
“Make observations of plants and animals to compare and contrast the diversity of life in different habitats” 2-LS4-1
“Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all” 3-LS4-3
“Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction” 4-LS1-1

Pollinator Power

Grade Levels: 2 – 5
Number of Students: 30
Duration: 1.5 hours
How does pollination work? Why is it important and why should we care? What about a pollinator’s body makes it perfect for pollination? We’ll discover the answers to all of these questions and more by using microscopes, playing games and exploring in the Insectarium.
NGSS Standards:
“Develop a simple model that mimics the structure and function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants” (NGSS: 2-LS2-2)


A Special Note for Homeschool Groups: For groups of homeschooling families we require a minimum of 10 students. The cost is $4 per person (adults and students); the lead chaperone who is coordinating the field trip is free. Younger siblings that are under the age of 4 and are not participating in the field trip are free as well but will need to be looked after by a parent or chaperone. The lead chaperone will be asked to provide a count on the number of field trip participants and a credit card for advance payment. Joining families can arrange payment to that chaperone at their convenience. If more families attend than are expected an additional charge to that credit card can happen at the end of the field trip.

Field Trip Inquiry