Bug Camp for Kids
Bug Camp will not be held in 2015.
Taught by faculty, staff, and graduate students from the Department of Entomology, Bug Camps for Kids is held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday on the Penn State University Park Campus. Enrollment is limited to 20 campers. Parents or guardians are responsible for providing a box lunch with beverage and dropping off and picking up children promptly at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Campers will take daily field trips by bus to observe and collect insects and participate in hands-on, minds-on laboratory exercises using insects as models to learn a broad range of biological, ecological, and environmental topics.
Bugs by the Billions
What kinds of insects are there? Where do they live? What do they eat? What good are they anyway?
Hard Knocks and Soft Bellies
How do you get a skeleton outside your body? How does it grow? What is metamorphosis? Which insects do it? How do you tell kids and adults apart?
Eat or Be Eaten
What kinds of animals eat insects? How do they find them? How and where do insects hide from their predators? How do we use insect predators to control insect pests?
Socializing with Insects
What are social insects? How are their colonies organized? How do they communicate with one another? How do some social insects pollinate flowers? How do insects and plants "socialize" with one another?
Fees and Registration
The $275 fee covers instruction and materials, including a "Tool Box" (insect net, magnifying lens, forceps, identification book, journal, and collection box), bus travel to some field trip locations, a camp picture, T-shirt, and diploma. Enrollment is limited, so apply early. A limited number of scholarships may be available to students in need. Payment of fees and the completion of both medical history and photo release forms are required to complete registration.
The University may cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed the University will refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses.
Penn State encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Conferences and Short Courses at 814-865-8301, TTY 814-865-1204, in advance of your participation or visit.