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Summer Camps!

We are very excited to be partnering with our friends from the Missoula Community School, YMCA and Montana Natural History Center 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).


Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! with the Missoula Community School

Date: 6/21 – 6/25
Time: 9am – 3pm
Before & After Care Available: Yes
Ages: Lil’ Bugs ages 3 – 5 and Big Bugs ages 5 – 8
Location: Missoula Community School
Description: This week is all about bugs! We’re partnering with our friends at the Missoula Community School to fill each day with bug-themed activities, adventures, and games. Each day will feature new Bug Ambassadors to meet and hold.

Registration Information: This camp is sold out but you can join the waitlist 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.



Junior Bug Olympics with the YMCA

Dates: 7/12 – 7/16
Time: 9:00 – 4:30pm
Before & After Care Available: Yes
Ages: (Grades 2 – 3)
Location: YMCA on Russell
Description: We are so excited to be partnering with the Y to put on the 2021 Bug Olympics! Discover all of the amazing feats bugs can do and try your own hand at a variety of Olympic activities. During this camp we will have you training for the Olympics yourself, while taking a deep dive into the world of bugs.

Registration Information: This camp is sold out but you can join the waitlist here.  

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


Creative Creatures with Montana Natural History Center

Dates: July 19-23 (Grades 1 – 2) AND July 26-30 (Grades 3 – 5) 
Time: 9:30 – 3:30pm
Before & After Care Available: Yes
Location: 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 will go on bug hunts to look for local ones 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 is open!

Note: This camp is running twice! The week of July 19th is for kids going into 1st and 2nd grade, while the week of July 26 is for kids going into 3rd through 5th grade.


River Explorers with Montana Natural History Center

Dates: August 9-13 (Grades 1-2) AND August 16-20 (Grades 3-5)
Time: 9:30 – 3:30pm
Before & After Care Available: Yes
Location: Montana Natural History Center
Description: Get ready to make a splash exploring rivers and the critters that call them home! We’ve partnered with the Montana Natural History Center to bring you a wet and wild week where we’ll uncover what bugs and other wildlife live near and under the water. Along the way, you’ll learn what makes a good habitat, use naturalist tools, and get up close and personal with Bug Ambassadors from around the world.

Registration Info: Registration is open!

Note: This camp is running twice! The week of August 9th is for kids going into 1st and 2nd grade, while the week of August 16th is for kids going into 3rd through 5th grade.


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: Briana Wentworth – briana@missoulabutterflyhouse.org

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