For budding bug enthusiasts. 



2019 Bug Club: Bugs Are Everywhere!

Where in the world do bugs live? Everywhere! The arthropod group of animals includes insects, arachnids, crustaceans, millipedes and centipedes. This year, Bug Club topics will focus in on the different places bugs live (in the air, on the ground, in the water), their adaptations for living in variety of environments they inhabit (from deserts to forests to mountains), and what types of homes bugs make or use for shelter and raising their young. At each Bug Club meeting, we explore insects and other arthropods through lively conversations, buggy crafts, themed snacks and outdoor explorations. Bug Club meets each month from 10 a.m.-noon on the Sundays listed below. 

Ages: 5-12
Fees: $55 per quarter or $20 drop-in fee per class
New to Bug Club?  A one-time $15 materials fee applies for new members. 

For your convenience, we offer a drop-in opportunity for attending Bug Club meetings. This is a great option if your child can only attend 1-2 meetings per quarter. The drop-in fee is $20 and may be paid upon arrival. No pre-registration is necessary.

Winter Quarter: Where Bugs Live 

January 27 - Swimming Bugs
February 24 - Crawling Bugs
March 24 - Flying Bugs

Spring Quarter: Bug Biomes

April 28 - Bugs in the Mountains
May 19* - Bugs in the Desert
June 23 - Bugs in the Tropical Forest

Summer Quarter: Bug Homes

July 28 - Bugs That Build
August 25 - Bugs That Burrow
September 22 - Bugs in Bodies

Fall Quarter: Delving Deeper (Members participate in choosing topics for this quarter)

October 27 - Superhero Bugs
November 24 - Prehistoric Bugs
December 15* - Butterflies and Moths

 *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.