For budding bug enthusiasts. 



Bug Club 2018:  Bug Biodiversity & You

Did you know that four out of five animal species that exist on earth today are arthropods? The arthropod group of animals includes insects, arachnids, crustaceans, and millipedes and centipedes. This year, Bug Club topics will focus on how we study bug biodiveristy, how bugs and people are connected, how we can help conserve bug species and how we can learn more about our favorite bugs! At each Bug Club meeting, we explore insects and other arthropods through lively conversations, buggy crafts, snacks and outdoor explorations.

Bug Club meets 10 a.m.- noon generally on the fourth Sunday of every month year round. 

Ages: 5-12 years old
Fee: $55 per quarter 

Are you new to Bug Club? A one-time $15 materials fee applies for new members.
Additinal T-Shirts can be purchased at the time of Bug Club for $8.

We also welcome individuals to attend any Bug Club meeting with a drop-in fee of $20. This is a great option if your child can only attend 1 or 2 of the classes per quarter. Drop-in fees are paid at the time of each meeting. No pre-registration is necessary.


Winter Quarter 2018 Dates and Topics: Studying Bug Biodiversity

January 28 - How to be an entomologist
February 25 - Watching and naming bugs
March 25 - Let's do bug science!

Spring Quarter 2018  Dates and Topics: Bugs & People

April 22 - Meet the decomposers
May 20* - Insects did it first!
June 24 - Pollinator partnerships

Summer Quarter 2018  Dates and Topics: Conserving Bug Biodiversity

July 22 - Building bug homes
August 26 - Bugs controlling bugs
September 23 - Bugs and climate change

Fall Quarter 2018 Dates and Topics: Learning About Our Favorite Bugs
Bug Club members will participate in choosing specific topics for Fall Quarter meetings.

October 28 - TBD
November 18* - TBD
December 16* - TBD

*Please note: Bug Club typically meets the fourth Sunday of the month, however, dates marked with an asterisk have been shifted due to holidays. 


All registration buttons link to our online registration system. If you prefer to register by paper, please click here to download a class registration form that may be returned by email, fax or postal mail. 




International Bug Club fosters pride in and enthusiasm for arthropod diversity by engaging young people in multidisciplinary, cross-cultural experiences, promoting a connection with the natural environment and shaping a lifelong conservation ethic.

International Bug Club

Since 1997, Woodland Park Zoo’s Bug Club has connected kids with bugs through a variety of arts and crafts, science, music, and other multidisciplinary activities. Erin Sullivan, then a keeper in our Bug World exhibit and now a Collection Manager, participated in a Bug Club at San Francisco Zoo as a child and was inspired to establish a Bug Club when she came to work at Woodland Park Zoo. Bug Club encourages kids to explore bugs in their backyards and share their discoveries with one another. WPZ’s Bug Club meets once a month for two hours; kids sign up quarterly, but many continue on for years.

Since 2003, Bug Club has partnered with the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program to bring Bug Club to Papua New Guinea. This began the establishment of the International Bug Club network. The International Bug Club network continues to grow. There are currently Bug Clubs in schools and zoos, including:

  • Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, Washington
  • Roger Williams Park Zoo, Providence, Rhode Island
  • Brookfield Zoo, Chicago, Illinois
  • Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, Gainsville, Florida
  • Machias Elementary, Snohomish, Washington
  • Bellevue Montessori - Pine Lake, Bellevue, Washington
  • Montlake Elementary, Seattle, Washington
  • First Presbyterian Church School, Tacoma, Washington
  • 9 Schools in the YUS area of the Huon Peninsula, Papua New Guinea

We invite you to check out the Worldly Antenna, our International Bug Club newsletter, and if you are interested in starting a Bug Club and joining the network, please review the materials available on this site and contact us at bug.club@zoo.org if you have any questions.


If you have additional questions or need assistance, please contact a registration staff member by email or by phone at 206.548.2424 ext 4. If you are unable to reach a staff member by phone, please leave a detailed message and we will return your call within 2 business days.