2015 SUMMER BUG CAMPS: June 22-26 & July 20-24

  • 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 12. The first camp will take place Monday, June 22, through Friday, June 26, and the second camp will take place Monday, July 20, through Friday, July 24. 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. Camp activities take place on the campus of Northern Arizona University.

Lindsie Abbott head shot
Lindsie Abbott, 2015 camp leader, with hissing cockroach


Lindsie Abbott, whose graduate research involves understanding the effects of climate change on local bee populations, will be the 2014 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.

Students & Staff 2014

This is the last day of the camp, students and staff celebrating a successful 2014 camp.

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 invertebrate 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

Children age 6 to 12 are invited to attend Summer Bug Camp. The number of camp participants is limited to no more than 12 children. The camp provides all of the supplies needed for camp activities. Campers provide their own snacks, lunch, summer clothing, and sunscreen. The fee for the 2014 Summer Bug Camp is $165 per child. NAU staff and students receive a $15 discount per child when they register before June 1, 2015.

To register your child, please complete the 2015 Registration Form.

If you would like more information about Summer Bug Camp, please contact Neil Cobb at (928) 607-4075.