Ways to Contribute


Your support enables us to fulfill our mission.

In 2014 the Triplehorn Insect Collection turned 80.  From our beginnings with Herbert Osborn, and thanks to the dedication of Dorothy and Joe Knull, Dwight “Shorty” DeLong, and Charles Triplehorn among many others, we went on to become one of the largest university insect collections in the country, an active research and education facility focused on insect taxonomy and systematics, and a valued resource to scientists in the USA and abroad. Our talented and dedicated staff are constantly looking for ways to improve.

The collection relies in part on competitive grants, but mostly on endownments and donations to fund its curatorial, education, and outreach activities. 

Ways to contribute.

Please consider supporting the Triplehorn Insect Collection! There are various ways that you can contribute to ensure the preservation of the collection for future generations and the continuation of our undergrad student internships, undergrad training, and outreach activities.

  • Make a tax deductible donation. A gift to the Friends of the Triplehorn Insect Collection Fund (Number: 314967) goes a long way. It allows us to pay undergraduate curatorial assistants wages, to fund undergraduate student internship projects, to prepare displays and hands-on activities used in outreach events such as the Museum Open House, and to provide guided tours to school children in our community.
  • Volunteer!  One does not need to be an entomologist in order to work in an insect collection. Join the vibrant group of staff, students, scientists, and volunteers who make the collection the special place that it is. No matter how hard we work, there's always so much more to be done. Volunteers help us acheive our goals. Their enthusiasm and dedication are invaluable to us.
  • Donate specimens. Donations enhance the quality and scientific value of the collection. Specimens from donations and the data associated with them will be made available to scientists from the USA and abroad for the purpose of scientific research. Names of our donors are immortalized as they become part of our database and the scientific literature based solely or in part on donated specimens.

Please contact us for more information on ways to support the collection.