Bug Camp for Kids
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.
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.
Intro to Entomology
- What are insects? Why do we study them?
- Life cycles and metamorphosis
- What are insect collections and how to build one
- Tools and tactics for collecting insects
Beneficial Insects and Pollinators
- Discuss different types of pollinators and why they are important
- *Special focus on honey bees
- What are other beneficial insects? How do they help us?
- What are aquatic invertebrates? Where do they live?
- What can they tell us about water quality?
- Special tools and tactics for collecting aquatic invertebrates
Insects in Culture
- Insects across the world and how they are important to different cultures
- What is Entomology? Why do some people eat insects?
- Insects in technology
- Careers in Entomology
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.