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Summer Camps 2022

We are very excited to be partnering with our friends from the YMCA, Missoula Community School, Montana Natural History Center, and spectrUM to offer a unique lineup of bug camps this summer. Check out our offerings, and please consider joining our email list to stay in the know about future camp developments. The email signup form is located on the right hand side of this page (or bottom if on a mobile device).


Jr. Bug Adventures with the YMCA

Dates: 6/20 – 6/24
Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Ages: Grades 2 – 3
Location: YMCA, 3000 S Russell St.
Before/After Care Available: Yes, included in your registration fee
Cost: $221, $201 for members of the YMCA
Description: We are so excited to be partnering with the Y to host a great week of Bug Camp! This summer we’ll be exploring all of the cool ways insects and their relatives have adapted to survive. We’ll play games, go on bug hunting adventures, create cool art projects and of course – hold lots of bugs! This week is all about playing to learn about how bugs survive in their natural habitats!

Registration Information: Registration opens March 1st. Register HERE.

Extras: This camp comes with free breakfast, lunch and snacks for all campers. Early and after care are also included.


Bug Camp with the Missoula Community School—Two Age Groups Available!

Dates: 6/27 – 7/1
Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Ages: Lil’ Bugs ages 3 – 5 and Big Bugs games 5 – 8
Location: Missoula Community School, 239 S 5th St W
Before/After Care Available: Yes
Cost:
5 day week, School Day Only (9am-3pm): $233
5 day week, Extended Care (8am – 5pm): $317
3 day week (T, W, Thr), School Day Only (9am-3pm): $140
3 day week (T, W, Thr), Extended Care (8am – 5pm): $192
Description: We’re partnering with our friends at the Missoula Community School to bring campers a full week of all things bugs! We’ll explore everything from metamorphosis to camouflage, adaptations to food chains. Each day will feature new Bug Ambassadors to meet and hold, bug-themed activities and more.

Registration Information: Registration opens on April 6th. Register on their website HERE.

Please note that with this camp there are a few different options. There will be two sessions running simultaneously this week: one for younger kids (ages 3 – 5) and one for older kids (ages 5 – 8). There is also a choice on how many days of camp you would like to sign up for. A five day (Mon – Fri) option is available, as is a three day (Tues – Thurs) option. Extended care (8am – 5pm) is also available for an additional charge.


Creative Creatures with the Montana Natural History Center

Date: July 11th – 15th (Grades 1-2) AND July 18th – 22nd (Grades 3 – 5)
Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm
Location: Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St
Before/After Care Available: Yes, included in you registration fee
Cost: $335, $315 for members of the Montana Natural History Center
Description: This camp sits right at the exciting intersection of art and science. Each day we’re going to create art projects inspired by nature! We’ll be holding live Bug Ambassadors from around the world and going on bug hunts to look for local bug friends to inspire our creative projects. Whether we’re holding bugs, observing the natural world, or creating art, we’re going to have a STEAM-tastic time together. This camp is perfect for all young bug, nature, AND art lovers alike.

Registration Info: Registration will open at 3:00pm on Sunday, March 13th. Register on Montana Natural History Center’s Summer Camps page.

The MNHC website has great tips to help you register smoothly and easily for their camps, including our joint camps. MNHC camps often fill up quickly, so we recommend creating an account ahead of time and registering first thing the morning that registration opens.

Note: This camp is running twice! The week of July 11th is for kids going into 1st and 2nd grade, while the week of July 18th is for kids going into 3rd through 5th grade.


Swim, Fly, Crawl – Animals in Motion with the Montana Natural History Center

Date: August 1st – 5th (Grades 1-2) AND August 8th – 12th (Grades 3-5)
Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm
Location: Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St
Before/After Care Available: Yes, included in you registration fee
Cost: $335, $315 for members of the Montana Natural History Center
Description: Get ready to move with this fun and active camp all about how animals navigate their world. We’ll investigate how birds and bugs alike take to the air, how fish and aquatic arthropods swim in our rivers, and how animals of all shapes and sizes navigate the fields, forests, and deserts of the world. We’ll play games and get moving as we play to learn all week during this fun and exciting camp!

Registration Info: Registration will open at 3:00pm on Sunday, March 13th. Register on Montana Natural History Center’s Summer Camps page.

Note: This camp is running twice! The week of August 1st is for kids going into 1st and 2nd grade, while the week of August 8th is for kids going into 3rd through 5th grade.


Animal Superheroes with spectrUM

Date: 8/15 – 8/19
Time: 9:00am – 3:30pm
Ages: Ages 6 – 9
Location: spectrUM Discovery Area at the Missoula Public Library, 455 E Main St
Before/After Care Available: No
Cost: $295
Description: Can you jump as far as a snow flea? Or run as fast as a cheetah? What about lifting as much as a Hercules Beetle? Have fun this week with spectrUM and the Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium as we explore animal superpowers! Each day features fun adventures, games, and interactions with live Bug Ambassadors. We’ll play to learn all about the impressive adaptations, abilities and strengths of animals!

Registration Info: Registration for spectrUM members opens on March 1st at 9am. Registration will open to the general public on March 15th at 9am. You can register on their site HERE or by calling the spectrUM front desk at 406-728-STEM.


Testimonials from past camp parents:

“I won’t hesitate to look for this camp and include it in our summer scheduling next year! I have video of my son presenting his science fair project to me and it is something I will cherish forever. He already knew so much about bugs, but he shocked me with the big words he was using and explanation of concepts that I don’t even fully understand. It was a super proud mom moment!” – parent of a past camper

“A month later and I’m still hearing bits and pieces of things Morgan learned, and memories from her time in camp.” – parent of a past bug camper

“On the drive home each day, my two kids and their two friends would go on and on relaying all the bug facts they learned each day. They would excitedly talk over each other, getting louder and louder, kindly correcting each other … I wish I recorded it. It was hilarious and they all learned a tremendous amount!” – parent of a past bug camper

For more information: Lauren Dooley Snyder – lauren@missoulabutterflyhouse.org

As you can see, we have a good amount of fun with our Bug Campers!