April 24, 2019
The Colorado Plateau Museum of Arthropod Biodiversity at Northern Arizona University is hosting the 13th annual Summer Bug Camp in June and July. Children ages six to 10 (exceptions possible for older children who love bugs) will learn about insect history and biodiversity through activities such as collecting insects, building their own bugs and preparing and sharing insect cuisine with invited family and friends. Two weeklong sessions will be held at Willow Bend Environmental Education Center located within Coconino County’s Sawmill Park.
The camps run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in two sessions: June 17-21 and July 8-12. Registration for the July camp is full, but interested individuals are encouraged to register and be added to a waitlist in the event that spots open up or additional spots are created.
Doctoral student Lindsie McCabe will be the 2019 camp leader. Her graduate research involves understanding the effects of climate change on native bees. The assistant camp leader will be graduate student Paige Chessire, who is researching plant-insect interactions along an elevation gradient. Education student Lily Davis will return as a veteran counselor who helps coordinate outreach and activity planning.
There is an enrollment fee of $215 per child. NAU staff and faculty will receive a $15 per child discount if they register before the first of the month in which the camp runs. Scholarships are available for families that fall under Flagstaff mean annual income levels. See a full list of eligible household size/incomes on the camp web page.