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 ran out, but a new, state-of-the-art facility is being built in partnership with the Missoula County Weed District & Extension Service. The new facility is 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 in-class programs to the Missoula area.

In the fall of 2019 we began taking the show on the road. Each field trip brings Bug Ambassadors into teachers’ classrooms, features an enthusiastic and knowledgeable instructor and is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards.

For details, visit our Bugs on the Move page.

Bugs at the Museum: Programs at MNHC 

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 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 programming for their entire grade level with activities from both the Montana Natural History Center and the Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium!

For details, visit our Bugs at the Museum: Programs at MNHC page.

Bugs at the Museum: Programs at spectrUM

Considering a field trip at spectrUM Discovery Area? Why not have the bugs meet you there!

For details, visit our Bugs at the Museum: Programs at spectrUM page.

Distance Learning

We have developed an exciting and fun set of programs available to anyone with an internet connection and webcam. Each program features live Bug Ambassadors, a knowledgeable presenter, supports NGSS standards, and includes complete technical support. We typically work with grades K – 5 but are able to adapt most programs for middle and high school level students as well.

For details, visit our Distance Learning 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 Bug Birthday Bash page to find out more.

Custom Bug Encounters 

Gather your family and friends for a one-of-a-kind virtual experience with the Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium! Custom Bug Encounters are private one-hour long parties for up to 20 screens. Meet up with your favorite Bug Ambassadors, observe a predator feed, peek around the lab, test your knowledge with trivia, and most importantly, make memories!

To schedule, visit our Custom Bug Encounters page.

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 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 and 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.