2017 SUMMER BUG CAMPS: June 19-23 & July 17-21

  • Students making bug maze
  • Boy with bug
  • Campers looking at spider specimens
  • Bug camp picnic
  • Camper eating bug cuisine

If creepy-crawlers fascinate your child, then this summer camp may be their thing. The Colorado Plateau Museum of Arthropod Biodiversity will host two week-long summer camps for children age 6 to 10. The first camp will take place Monday, June 19, through Friday, June 23, and the second camp will take place Monday, July 17, through Friday, July 21. Both camps run from 9 AM to 4 PM. Campers 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. We are very excited to announce that the 2017 camps will be held at Willow Bend  Environmental Center. The summer bug camp is just one of several collaborative activities between the Merriam-Powell Center and Willow Bend Environmental Center.

Lindsie Abbott head shot
Lindsie McCabe, 2017 camp leader, with hissing cockroach


Lindsie McCabe, whose graduate research involves understanding the effects of climate change on local bee populations, will be the 2017 camp leader. Lindsie is passionate about bugs and enjoys sharing their fascinating world with campers. Other museum staff and curators will assist Lindsie with camp activities to ensure that a minimum of two adults accompany campers. All of the faculty and staff working with campers have undergone a background check by the university.

Interested in becoming a junior counselor? We are now seeking enthusiastic high school and undergrad student to join our bug camp team. See application here. For any questions about the process contact Lindsie McCabe at LMA243@nau.edu

Students & Staff 2014

Camp Activities 

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 many 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.

Information, fees, and registration form

The 2017 camps registrations are now being accepted. If you would like more information about Summer Bug Camp, please contact Neil Cobb at (928) 607-4075.