field trips - missoula insectarium

Educational Programs

Bugs on the Move

After four years of offering exciting and engaging field trips at our downtown location, the Missoula Insectarium is ready to get its wings! In the summer of 2019 our lease will run out but a new state-of-the art facility is being designed in partnership with the Missoula County Weed District & Extension Service. The new facility will be located at the fairgrounds and will feature a larger classroom, tropical butterfly house, larger exhibit space, outdoor classroom, demonstration gardens and more. As we transform we will offer engaging in-class programs to the Missoula community and surrounding area.

Starting in the fall of 2019 we’re taking the show on the road. Each field trip will bring Bug Ambassadors into teachers’ classrooms, feature an enthusiastic and knowledgeable instructor and be aligned with Next Generation Science Standards.

For details, visit our Bugs on the Move page.

Bugs at the Museum

Thanks to an exciting partnership with the Montana Natural History Center we are able to offer Insectarium field trip experiences at their location on Hickory Street, near McCormick Park. Your class can still experience innovative, exciting and educational programs, all paired with live Bug Ambassadors, using the MNHC classroom and exhibit space.  Offering programs at MNHC allows for partnering beyond classroom sharing too – now teachers can schedule a full day of programing for their entire grade level with activities from both the Montana Natural History Center and the Missoula Butterfly House & Insectarium!

For details, visit our Bugs at the Museum page.

Birthday Parties

We’re not ones to brag but we were recently told by a very happy birthday boy that we had just thrown the “BEST BIRTHDAY PARTY EVER”! Now that is a ringing endorsement! With our Bug birthday Bash, our bugs will make an appearance at your party! Check out our birthday bash page to find out more!

Bug Appetit

A unique and adventurous dining journey into entomophagy, otherwise known as “the eating of insects as food”. Learn more about our annual fundraising dinner at Burns St. Bistro. This year’s event is taking place on Friday October 25th. We hope you’ll join us! Learn more on our Bug Appetit page!

Bugs and Brews

What happens when you mix local beers and a fascinating expert bug lecturer? You get the Missoula Butterfly House & Insectarium’s evening lecture series: “Bugs and Brews”! Every month we will have a new expert lecturer discuss a fascinating topic relating to bugs. Some of our past talks have been on Animal Weapons, Pests, Native Bees, Sea Spiders and more! We want to give a huge THANK YOU to our primary sponsor of our unique lecture series: Draught Works! Learn more on our Bugs and Brews page.


To see details for our current events, visit our calendar page!