Available Options

Hands-on

On campus or at your location the hands-on program incorporates age-appropriate information on insects and other Arthropods. This option works for kindergarten through adult ages in a formal educational setting. During this program participants will get up-close and personal with the exciting world of Arthropods. The Insect Zoo’s program will introduce the basics of arthropod (insects, spiders, tarantulas, millipedes, centipedes, scorpions, etc.) form and function. Some topics that will be discussed are metamorphosis, importance, behavior and defenses.

This hands-on program requires 50-60 minutes and has a limit of 30 participants (adult helpers are not counted).

Rates are based on 1-hour programs and can be found on the right side of the screen. Mileage will be assessed for programs outside of Story County, IA. Fill out your request form for this program.


Hands-on with Art

Add an insect themed art project to your hands-on experience. The art activity can range from something simple like recreating a butterfly’s life cycle with pasta to painting with living paintbrushes with Leonardo DiRoachy paintings or Maggot Masterpiece Art. Activities will vary and depend on age. Those who choose this option will be contacted to talk about art activities available.

There is an additional charge to add-on the insect art which can be found on the right side of the screen. Mileage will be assessed for programs outside of Story County, IA. Fill out your request form for this program.


Display

We recommend the display for public and large group settings such as fairs or open houses. The Insect Zoo will fill 6-7 eight-foot tables with live animals and preserved insect displays. The display is hands-on, interactive and fun. The come and go format allows participants to walk through, look and ask questions at their own pace. Our displays are staffed with 2-3 people to help the participants handle the animals, talk facts and answer questions.

Rates can be found on the right side of the screen. Mileage will be assessed for programs outside Story County, IA. Fill out your request form for this display.


Story Time with Bugs

For our preschool age friends we offer Story Time with Bugs. We bring along our bug friends to help tell a story about their life! The kids sit in their comfortable story time place while looking and learning about some really cool bugs. We require that the preschool groups have no more than 15 children and at least 2 adult helpers.

Rates are based on 30-minute programs and can be found on the right side of the screen. Mileage will be assessed for programs outside Story County, IA. Fill out your request form for this program.


Large Group

We offer large group programs for groups of more than 30 people. These are perfect if you have a large auditorium or gym that you plan on filling up for the program. We talk about the animals while walking through the audience with live animals for everyone to see. At the end of the program participants will have an opportunity to touch some of the animals as they file out of the room.

Rates are based on 1-hour programs and can be found on the right side of the screen. Mileage will be assessed for programs outside Story County, IA. Fill out your request form for this program.


Buggy Birthday

Have a Buggy Birthday with the Insect Zoo! During your birthday party the Insect Zoo will bring lots of cool bugs for your bug lover to look at and even touch. We will talk about the animals and answer questions. After the bugs are put away we will have a Bugtastic time creating an insect themed art project. The birthday child will receive an Insect Zoo t-shirt.

Rates are based on 1.5-hour programs and can be found on the right side of the screen. Mileage will be assessed for programs outside of Story County, IA. Fill out your request form for this program.


Family Visit

We offer behind the scene tours of the Insect Zoo’s facilities. These tours are limited to 7 people and last at least 1 hour.

Rates are charged per person and can be found on the right side of the screen. Fill out your request form for this program.