BiotaEd promotes education outreach and workforce development by training undergraduate students in arthropod biodiversity and involving these students in outreach programs. Trained students conduct presentations, summer discovery camps, and biodiversity workshops using live and preserved arthropods as examples. Students also learn how to care for the more than 50 arthropod species used during public presentations. Additionally, educational content is presented through learning modules, instructional videos, and website materials.
CPMAB staff teach NAU’s general entomology course every fall semester. The course, which includes a lecture and a lab, focuses on the basic biology and evolutionary ecology of arthropods. The course includes hands-on experiences that allow students to gain a full understanding of the diversity of arthropods. Additionally, the course includes a number of field trips and a weekend collecting trip to Walnut Creek Center for Education and Research. BIO322 Entomology Class Website.
CPMAB staff members are available to identify insects for NAU faculty and students as well as the general public. The CPMAB is generally open from 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday.