Bug Camp for Kids

Bug Camp for Kids is an educational day camp for 8 to 11 year-olds. Students observe and collect insects and participate in laboratory exercises to learn a broad range of biological, ecological, and environmental topics.

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Taught by faculty, staff, and graduate students from the Department of Entomology, Bug Camp for Kids is a week long day camp held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday on the Penn State University Park Campus. Enrollment is limited to 15 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.ento-bee.gif

Fees and Registration

The $200 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 medical treatment, liability and media release, drop off/pick up authorization, and walk, bike, drive authorization (if it applies to your child) forms are required to complete registration.


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.

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?

Aquatic Arthopods

  • 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

University Policy

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.