2016 SUMMER BUG CAMPS: June 20-24 & July 18-22
If creepy-crawlers fascinate your
child, then this summer camp may be their thing. The Colorado Plateau
Museum of Arthropod Biodiversity will host two week-long summer camps for
children age 6 to 12. The first camp will take place Monday, June 20, through Friday, June 24, and the second camp will take place Monday, July 18, through Friday, July 22. Both camps run from 9 AM to 4 PM. Campers will learn about insect natural history
and biodiversity through a series of fun projects and activities.
collect insects and create their own insect collections, make mazes for
bugs, build their own insect, and cook and eat
insect cuisine. We are very excited to announce that the 2016 camps will be held at Willow Bend and some activities on the campus of Northern
Arizona University. The summer bug camp is just one of several collaborative activities that we at the Merriam-Powell Center are engaged in with Willow Bend.
Lindsie Abbott, whose graduate research involves
understanding the effects of climate change on local bee populations,
will be the 2016 camp leader. Lindsie is passionate about bugs and
enjoys sharing their fascinating world with campers. Other museum staff
and curators will assist Lindsie with camp activities to ensure that a
minimum of two adults accompany campers. All of the faculty and staff
working with campers have undergone a background check by the
This is the last day of the camp, students and staff celebrating a successful 2015 camp.
Day 1: Interact with live bugs from the insect zoo. Campers are taught how to care for insect pets.
Day 2: Build your own bug! Campers construct their own bug using real insect parts.
3: Take pictures of bugs and make an insect maze. Campers learn not
only how to photograph a bug, but also about insect behavior.
Day 4: Go on an insect scavenger hunt! Campers learn about insect diversity and conservation while they search for bugs.
5: Make insect cuisine! Campers learn about the importance of insects
as a source of food for invertebrate species, including humans. Parents
are invited to an insect banquet and open house.
All of the supplies for camp activities are provided, and children keep their own insect collections.
Information, fees, and registration form
Children age 6 to 12 are invited to attend Summer Bug Camp. The number of camp
participants is limited to no more than 12 children. The camp provides
all of the supplies needed for camp activities. Campers provide their
own snacks, lunch, summer clothing, and sunscreen. The fee for the 2016 Summer Bug Camp is $175 per child. NAU staff and students receive a $15
discount per child when they register before June 1, 2015.
To register your child, please complete the 2015 Registration Form.
If you would like more information about Summer Bug Camp, please contact Neil Cobb at (928) 607-4075.