Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the entomology outreach program?
2. How much does it cost?
3. What places do you present to?
4. What activities does the program offer to students?
5. What live insects do you present?
6. How long does the presentation last?
7. How do kids benefit from the program?
8. Can I get more information on specific specimens in the collection?
9. Do you offer your program to Girl Scouts?

1. What is the entomology outreach program?
The outreach program is a fun and educational curriculum primarily for elementary school students, churches, libraries, and museums. The program's goal is to spark kids' early interest in science through hands-on activities using live and preserved insects.

2. How much does it cost?
Our entomology outreach program has a fixed donation requirement of $150 for most classroom visits. This donation provides us with the materials needed to make the event fun and successful. Under certain circumstances, we may require a higher donation if we are scheduled for a longer period of time, as some educational institutions prefer that we present for all grades individually for the entire school day. Of course, we understand that a lot of schools lack financial funding for such events. Therefore, we are willing to work around these conditions. To get an accurate cost, please use the form below to provide us with more details about your institution.

3. What places do you present to?
The program is primarily designed for elementary school classrooms, churches, libraries, and museum events. We prefer to present to institutions within Genesee County and Shiawassee County only.

4. What activities does the program offer to students?
We have several hands-on activities and workshop stations designed for elementary schools. For preschool and kindergarten, we have an interactive activity that involves the children making an insect from play dough, while teaching insect anatomy. Students will also learn how insects can adapt to their environment by playing a quick game where students are shown photos and they must try and spot the insect. For 1st through 5th graders, we have a cricket research experiment, where the students are split into groups and use live crickets to collect data, make predictions, and discuss their conclusions. Depending on financial support, we can even organize an outdoor insect collecting field trip in the summer, in addition to demonstrating how to properly pin an insect and start an insect collection for scientific study.

5. What live insects do you present?
Students will have the opportunity to meet and handle a live hissing cockroach. Depending on availability, we may also have stick insects, praying mantises, beetle grubs, and hornworms, in addition to other relatives for observation only, including a banana spider, vinegaroon, peppered roaches, millipedes and butterflies.

6. How long does the presentation last?
Depending on the activities arranged and classroom size, the program may last 45-60 minutes.

7. How do kids benefit from the program?
This program gives children the opportunity to see some of nature's most remarkable insects up close, in addition to being able to hold live ones. Through outreach programs, children will learn the characteristics of insects and their importance.

8. Can I get more information on specific specimens in the collection?
If you are interested in viewing a complete list of specimens for scientific research or reference, you may view the Specimen Database for more details on almost every specimen in the colletion, including data such as their scientific name, country of origin, date it was collected, and photos.

9. Do you offer your program to Girl Scouts?
Yes! We are proud to partner with Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan to offer Brownies Bugs Badge workshops!