For budding bug enthusiasts. 


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2020 Bug Club: Bug Conservation 

Did you know that even bugs can be endangered? This year, Bug Club will focus on how scientists study bugs to protect them – and how we can protect them too! We will learn what it takes to be a community scientist for bugs, we will advocate for bug conservation, and we will learn all about the many ways that bugs are important for humans and for the rest of the natural world! Join other bug enthusiasts to learn and share about insects and other arthropods through buggy crafts, snacks, and outdoor explorations. 


Time: 10:00 a.m. - noon
Dates: fourth sunday of every month*
Ages: 5-12

$60 per quarter (3 classes each quarter)
$25 drop-in fee per class (no pre-registration needed)
Optional: $15 Bug Club T-Shirt

Bug Club is held in the Education Center and is a drop-off/pick-up program.

please e-mail classes@zoo.org


Winter Quarter: Bug Uses - Why are Bugs Important?

January 26: Bugs as Food
February 23: Bugs in Medicine
March 22: Bugs in Agriculture  Canceled

Spring Quarter: Learning to Save Bugs

April 26: Bugs and Community Science  Canceled
May 17*: What is Entomology?
June 28: Organizations that Save Bugs

Summer Quarter: Bugs: Past, Present, and Future

July 26: Bugs of the Past
August 23: Bugs of the Present
Septmember 27: Bugs of the Future

Fall Quarter: Delving Deeper and Our Favorites

October 25: Bug Club's Choice!
November 22: Bug Club's Choice!
December 20*: Bug Club's Choice!

*NOTE: Bug Club typically meets the fourth Sunday of each month, however, dates marked with an asterisk have been adjusted due to holidays or special events.


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 regarding class offerings, please contact our registration office by email or by calling 206.548.2424 ext 4. Email is recommended so that we may track your request more accurately.

At this time, all Parents' Night Out and overnight Zoo Adventure programs are on an indefinite hiatus and we are unable to book these programs for the forseeable future. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The zoo is temporarily closed following state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus.
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