2018 SUMMER BUG CAMPS: June 18-22 & July 23-27

Campers with Lindsie McCabe, camp leader.
  • Campers looking at spider specimens
  • Collection Database Gallery 3
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If creepy crawlers fascinate your child, then NAU's summer bug camp is an ideal summer activity. The Colorado Plateau Museum of Arthropod Biodiversity will host two week-long summer camps for children ages 6 to 10 (If your child falls outside of this age range please contact us, we do make exceptions for older children who really love working with bugs.). 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. 

The first camp with take place Monday, June 18, through, Friday, June 22, and the second camp will take place Monday, July 23, through Friday, July 27. Both camps run from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and will be held at Willow Bend Environmental Education Center, Flagstaff, Arizona. The summer bug camp is just one of the several collaborative activities between the Merriam-Powell Center and Willow Bend Environmental Center.

Registration & Camp Information 

Our NEW! online registrations are currently being accepted for 2018. If you would like more information about summer bug camp, please contact Neil Cobb at (928) 607-4075.


Lindsie McCabe, a Ph.D. student whose graduate research involves understanding the effects of climate change on native bees, will be the 2018 camp leader. Lindsie has always had a passion for insects and loves to share her passion with aspiring entomologists. 

Paige Chesshire, a graduate student who is researching plant-insect interactions along an elevation gradient, will be the 2018 assistant camp leader. Paige is passionate about bugs and enjoys sharing their fascinating world with campers.

Other museum staff and curators will assist Lindsie and 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 undergraduate students to join our bug camp team. Junior Counselors are responsible for assisting the camp staff, including helping campers with activities, clean-up, and general supervision of the students. Junior Counselors are expected to act as mentors to the students in the program. See application here. For any questions about the process contact Lindsie McCabe.

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.

Fees & Scholarships

The fee for the 2018 Summer Bug Camp is $190 per child. NAU staff and students receive a $15 discount per child when they register before June 1 for the June camp and July 1 for the July camp.

Scholarships are available for families that fall under 125% of Flagstaff mean annual income. Please use the chart below to see if your family qualifies. If yes, please complete the scholarship application. Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, with consideration of the applicant's qualifications. 

If you have any questions please contact Neil Cobb at (928) 607-4075.

Update scholarship income qualification. *Previously we had the wrong income, if you fall under this income your child is eligible for a scholarship. (Updated 4.27.17).