BUG CLUB

For budding bug enthusiasts. 

PROGRAM DETAILS

 

2018 Bug Club:  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, 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 each month from 10 a.m. - noon on a Sunday. 

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 option 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 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

October 28 - Diversity of Arachnid Defenses
November 18* - Millipedes & Centipedes
December 16* - The Forgotten Bugs

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

 

 

2019 Bug Club

Themes TBD  

Bug Club meets each month from 10 a.m. - noon on a Sunday. 

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 option 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 Dates 

January 27

February 24

March 24

Spring Quarter Dates

April 28

May 19*

June 23

Summer Quarter Dates

July 28

August 25

September 22

Fall Quarter Dates

October 27

November 24

December 15*

 *NOTE: Bug Club typically meets the fourth Sunday of each month, however, dates marked with and 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

 

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.

contact

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 evening 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.