2014 SUMMER BUG CAMP
If creepy-crawlers fascinate your
child, then Summer Bug Camp may be just their thing. In 2014, the Colorado Plateau Museum of Arthropod Biodiversity with host two weeklong camps, including one week in June and another in July (exact dates have not yet been determined). During each weeklong
summer camp, children age 7 to 14 will learn about insect natural history
and biodiversity through a series of fun projects and activities. Campers
collect insects and create their own insect collections, make mazes for bugs, build their own insect, and cook and eat
insect cuisine. Camp activities take place on the campus of Northern Arizona University.
Camp leaders are members of the museum's staff and NAU graduate students. In 2013, for example, Lindsie Abbott, whose graduate research involves understanding the effects of climate change on local bee populations, served as the camp leader. Lindsie is passionate about bugs and enjoyed sharing their fascinating world with campers. Other museum staff and curators assist camp leaders with camp activities. All of the faculty and staff working with campers have undergone a background check by the university.
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.
Day 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.
Day 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.
Summer Bug Camp Fees and Information
The fee for the 2014 Summer Bug Camp is $165 per child. The number of camp participants is limited to no more than 10 students. The camp provides all of the supplies needed for camp activities, and campers provide their own snacks, lunch, summer clothing, and sunscreen.
If you would like more information about the summer 2014 bug camp, please contact Neil Cobb at (928) 523-5528.