Engaging with Insects - Summer Day Camp

A Bug of a Summer Camp

If your children are fascinated with beetles and butterflies, cannot wait for the summer to go look for cicadas, want a cockroach for a pet, or keep bringing live insects into the house, this may be the summer camp for them.

The Triplehorn Insect Collection and the Department of Entomology at Ohio State University, in collaboration with Ohio 4-H, have created and hosted Engaging with Insects, a 5-day summer camp in which young entomologists learn about the little creatures that really rule the world. The camp is based at the Ohio 4-H Center on the Ohio State University campus with field activities at the Chadwick Arboretum North and trips to the Ohio State Insectary and the Triplehorn Insect Collection. 

During the camp, young entomologists learn about insect diversity, anatomy, classification, and natural history. They collect insects and build their own insect collections. Campers get to keep their insect collections and the crafts produced during the camp. Camp activities include:
  • Insect dissection
  • Collect, recognize & mount insects to build a personal insect collection
  • Use GPS technology to locate collecting sites on a map
  • Observe & handle live insects at the OSU Insectary
  • Scavenger Bug Hunt - find insects (or insect-related items) 
  • Bug Blitz - survey an area and record all the insects we can find
  • Hands-on projects, games, activities

Engaging with Insects summer camp was designed for young entomologists between the ages of 10 and 13. 
CAMP LOCATION: Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Dr., on the OSU campus. 
2016 - June 27 - July 1
2017 - June 26-30, 2017
2018 - not available

Page last updated 6 March, 2018