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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 a Bug Ambassador. Once you have contacted us, we will provide you with additional information on the activities, including pre- and post-field trip suggestions for students.

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 but require at least 1 adult chaperone per 10 children. Field trips are $4 for each additional chaperone. 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.

Field trips at the Missoula Insectarium are aligned with State Standards:

  • Standard 1: Students demonstrate the ability to design, conduct, evaluate and communicate results and conclusions of scientific investigation.
  • Standard 2: Students demonstrate knowledge of properties, forms, changes, and interactions of physical and chemical systems.
  • Standard 3: Students demonstrate knowledge of characteristics, structures, and function of living things, the process and diversity of life, and how living organisms interact with each other and their environment.
  • Standard 5: Students understand how scientific knowledge and technological developments impact communities, cultures, and societies.

Field Trip Programs for Kindergarten – 5th Grade

A Bug’s Transformative Life

Grade Levels: 2 – 5
Number of Students: 30
Duration: 1.5 hours
Growing up can be hard when you have an exoskeleton! For humans who don’t have rigid life cycle stages, molting and metamorphosis can be hard concepts to understand. This field trip is all about the wonders of the arthropod life cycle. We’ll cover everything from spiders and their molting, to the lifecycle of a variety of ever popular insects, including butterflies.
State Standards: 1.1, 1.1a, 2.2, 2.2a, 3.3, 3.3a, 3.3c, 3.3d, 3.3f

Bug Biomimicry

Grade Levels: 1-5
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.
State Standards: Stay tuned for Standards information.

Insect Engineering

Grade Levels: 3 – 5
Number of Students: 30
Duration: 2 hours
Insects are amazing creatures that inform many aspects of our own daily lives, whether we realize it or not. During this field trip, students will get a chance to put their engineering skills to the test. They will learn all about exoskeletons and will get to try their hand at designing their own. The field trip wraps up with a discussion of the role of insects influencing engineering projects around the world.
State Standards: 1.1, 1.1a, 1.1b, 1.2, 1.2a, 1.3, 1.3a, 2.6, 2.6b, 3.1, 3.5, 3.5a, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3

Little Things, Big Jobs

Grade Levels: Scalable for k-5
Number of Students: 30
Duration: 1.5-2 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.
State Standards: 3.1, 3.1b, 3.1d, 3.1e, 3.1f, 3.2, 3.2a, 3.4a, 3.5, 3.5a

Super Spiders

Grade Levels: Scalable for k-5
Number of Students: 30
Duration: 1.5-2 hours
Spiders are often underappreciated 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.
State Standards: 3.1, 3.1b, 3.1d, 3.1e, 3.1f, 3.2, 3.2a, 3.4, 3.4a, 3.5, 3.5a

 

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