Available Options

WE are booking virtual programs only at this time. 

Virtual Live with Bugs! 

Join us for a virtual Zoom program with bugs! We will explore all of our favoirte arthropods LIVE on Zoom. We will talk about habitat, defenses, importance, biology and more of insects, spiders, scorpions, etc. 

50-60 minutes 

No limit 

Ages K-adult

Rates are based on 1-hour programs and can be found on the right side of the screen. Fill out your request form for this program.


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.

50-60 minutes 

Limit of 30 participants, adults are included in count.

Ages K-adult

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.


School Display

We recommend the school display for classroom groups of 65 or less. This 1-hour School Display will allow the children to see around 25 different species of arthropods while learning about their importance, behaviors, defenses and physical characteristics. The School Display is hands-on, interactive and fun. The first 45 minutes the kids listen to an informative presentation on the animals and are then invited up to our display tables for an up-close and hands-on experience. Our School Display option is available all year. 

60 minutes

Limit of 65, adults included in count. 

Ages 1st-adult.

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 School Display.


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.

30-45 minutes. 

Ages 1st-adult. 

 


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. Our display option is available all year, except during the school year when they are offered evenings and weekends only. 

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.

Minimum of 2 hours. 

No limit on participants.

All ages. 


Story Time with Bugs

For our preschool age friends we offer Story Time with Bugs where we share the stories of real live bugs! We bring along our bug friends to help tell a story about their life! (No actual book is read). 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.

30 minutes. 

Ages PreK.

Limit of 15 plus 2 adults. 

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. Our Large Group option is available all year, except during the school year when they are offered evenings and weekends only. 

1 hour.

Limit of 175 (can do more, please include expected number on request form)

Ages K-adult

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. We can host your party here on campus! We allow an extra 45 minutes after our program for cake/treats and presents. You must provide all supplies for food consumption and take out your garbage. 

1.5 hours if at your location. Additional 45 minutes added if at ISU for cake/treats and presents. 

Limit of 30, adults included in count. 

Ages PreK-adult. 

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.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.


Summer Program

2020 Bug Olympics have been postponed to 2021

2021 Bug Olympics!

Get in the game and host the 2020 Iowa State University Insect Zoo’s Bug Olympics!

 

Olympic events include Roach Races, Cockroach Pulls and the Jumping Stick Jump. During the Bug Olympics, participants will use their awesome math skills to see how far they could jump, how fast they could run and how much they could pull if theY were as strong as a bug! After the Olympic events participants can get up close and personal with the Bug Athletes and their super charged bug friends at the Bug Olympics Display. The Bug Olympics is a 90-minute program limited to 40 participants. The fee to host is $200 plus mileage. For more details and to fill out a request form and put Bug Olympics in the “specific interests” box. Don’t miss out on this limited time offering of the 2020 Iowa State University’s Insect Zoo Bug Olympics! Put your request in now!!

We offer a special summer program that changes every summer! Please fill out a request form and indicate you are interested in the summer program. We consider these large group programs, although there may be a limit on number of participants, depending on the type of program we are offering. 

Please note: Bug Olympics is for 50 participants or less. We will also offer a 1-hour display for the same cost to those needing to accommodate more participants. 

 Fill out your request form for this program. Mileage will be assessed for programs outside of Story County, IA. Fill out your request form for this program.