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

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If creep-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 ages 6 t 10. The first camp with take place Monday June 19th - June 23rd, and the second camp will take place Monday, July 17th - Friday July 21st. Both camps run from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Campers will learn about insect natural history and biodiversity through a series of fun project and activities. Campers collect insects and create their own insect collection, build their own bug, and cook and eat insect cuisine. We are very excited to announce that the 2017 camps with be held at Willow Bend Environmental Center, Flagstaff, AZ. The summer bug camp is just one of the several collaborative activities between the Merriam-Powell Center and Willow Bend Environmental Center.

Information & Application Packet 

2017 application packets are now being accepted. If you would like more information about summer bug camp, please contact Neil Cobb at (928) 607-4075

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Lindsie McCabe, 2017 camp leader, with hissing cockroach
Paige Chesshire, 2017 assistant camp leader


Lindsie McCabe, PhD student whose graduate research involves understanding the effects of climate change on native bees, will be the 2017 camp leader. Lindsie has always had a passion for insects begin from a very young age and loves to share her passion with aspiring entomologist. 

Paige Chesshire, Master's student whose graduate research involves understanding plant-insect interaction along an elevation gradient, will be the 2017 assistant camp leader. Paige is passionate about bugs and enjoys sharing their fascinating world with campers 

Other museum staff and curators will assist Lindsie & Paige 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.

Jr. Counselor

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.
Junior Counselors are responsible for assisting the lead educators and assistants. They are also responsible for assisting children during activities, clean-up, and general supervision the students. Junior Counselors are expected to act professionally at all times, and act as mentors to the students in the program.

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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.


Scholarships are available for families that fall under 125% of Flagstaff mean annual income. Please use the chart below to tell if you qualify. 
Scholarship application will be available on a first come first serve basis and on the qualification of the applicant. If you have any questions please contact Neil Cobb at (928) 607-4075.