Love bugs and all their many-legged friends, but unable to physically bring your class or group to the Bug Zoo? We now offer a few options to bring the bugs to you!
BUG ZOO COMES TO YOU
For our Bug Zoo Comes To You option, one of our knowledgeable and fun staff members will come to your classroom, daycare, senior center or other facility and spend an hour bringing out a combination of live and preserved insects for the group to handle. Your Bug Guide will teach the group all about the wonders of arthropods while tailoring the level of information to fit the group. We are happy to help meet specific learning outcomes depending on the class goals. Please give us at least 2 weeks’ notice for your first choice of date for our visit and your desired learning outcomes for us to help the students meet. We are very flexible and we want to help your students learn in a memorable and hands-on way!
School and Daycare outreach visit: $150.00 + $0.55 (+tax) per kilometer away from the Bug Zoo.
*Price changing from $125 to $150 starting November 1st. All those booked for before November 1st will be $125 and those who book after will be $150. If you booked your event already and an invoice has been sent, we will honor the price we already gave you.*
A fun-filled day at your school or daycare! We bring the bugs to you and teach you all about them right in the comfort of your school. We can also visit you in a park or event center! Outdoor bookings will not include live animals, however, we will bring specimens cast in resin to pass around and talk about.
In order to bring animals, we must have a closed space with all windows and doors shut.
If multiple classrooms within a school are interested in the same day, we are happy to accommodate to the best of our abilities (extra fees do apply). For schools farther from the Bug Zoo, this can help reduce the cost of gas. Unfortunately, the bugs cannot travel more than one hour from the zoo.
We can also visit private group functions, birthday parties, and many more events! Please email us for more information as pricing varies. All non-institutional events are $200 and require a $50 non-refundable deposit.
Virtual Tours: $75 (+tax)
Explore the Bug Zoo from the comfort of your living room! If you are hosting through Zoom, you can have as many people as you’d like join. If we are hosting through Google Hangout, you are limited to 20 logins. This hour-long video chat will include a Bug Show-and-Tell with one of our incredible educators.
Private Bug Presentation at the Zoo: $125 (+tax)
Planning to visit the zoo but want a little extra guidance? We would love to have you in for a private Bug Zoo presentation in our Party Room! We are limiting these visits to 12 people (at least two adults).
Multiple Bug Presentations Same Day: $65 (+tax) Max 3 per day
RENT A BUG KIT
Could your classroom benefit from a week with an insect kit? We have all sorts of kits available to suit different learning outcomes and to challenge students to think more about the smaller inhabitants of this world! Kits are available for week-long rentals with pick-up and drop-off at the Victoria Bug Zoo.
Each kit comes with detailed information about each specimen in the kit as well as copies of interactive activities related to the theme of the kit that are meant to encourage a deeper understanding. The specimens are durably made of acrylic resin and they can be picked up and examined from all sides. If you have specific outcomes in mind we can help direct you to the most useful resources, as well as answer any questions you may have.
27-Piece Arthropod Kit: $75.00 a week. This kit shows a wide variety of the arthropod diversity found in the world as well as the two major life cycles found in insects. It includes detailed information sheets on each species in the kit. This kit is fantastic as a learning tool for ecological roles, diversity, evolution, ecological niches, adaptations, herbivores/carnivores/omnivores/detritivores, form and function … the list goes on and on! If you are looking for extra ideas on how to incorporate the idea of insects and arachnids as a learning tool, please do not hesitate to reach out to us for help.
Smaller kits: $25.00 a week each or $35.00 a week for both. We have two smaller kits: What is an Insect? and What is an Arthropod? Both of these kits exemplify the diversity of insects and arthropods respectively. Fantastic for form/function, evolution, physical adaptations and to springboard into ecological functionality. They would also be great for getting students to make relatedness trees! Each kit comes with information sheets and activity sheets to help them learn.
Small kit add-ons: $10.00 each a week. These work best when combined as an add-on to the 27-piece kit or one of the other multi-piece kits, but can also be rented with other kit add-ons. All come with educational material to enhance and guide the concepts demonstrated.
Fly lifecycle: A basic fly lifecycle from egg to fly.
Insect Pupae: A description on the different types of pupae found in insects. Focuses on reasons why different insects would have different pupal types.
Insect legs: A description of the various form and functions of insect legs as well as the groups of insects they would be found on.
Millipede versus Centipede: A comparison of the two groups of Myriapods (many-legged arthropods) including life history, body form and function as well as major differences between the two.
Moth versus Butterfly: The two groups within Lepidoptera (scaly winged insects) compared and contrasted with each other.
10-Piece Insect Orders Kit: $40.00 a week: This kit goes into detail on 10 of the 29 insect orders with diverse representations. There is also information included for all of the orders for a comprehensive understanding.
Kit add-ons: $15.00 each a week. These work best when combined as an add-on with the 27-piece kit or one of the smaller kits, but can also be rented with other kit add-ons.
Cabbage worm life cycle: Invasive species implications, complete metamorphosis.
Butterfly lifecycle: One of the most common lifecycles people are familiar with, an example of complete metamorphosis.
Honeybee lifecycle: Complete metamorphosis and a look into the life of an important pollinator.
Parts of a Spade Beetle: Disassembled large spade beetle with labels and descriptions of the parts of an insect.
Metamorphosis in action add-on: $15.00 per class: As a way to really engage students and drive home the understanding of metamorphosis, we are offering classroom sets of meal worms as an add on! Included is enough small meal worms for every student in the class with extras, and a care sheet for Tenebrio molitor (darkling beetles). We are able to supply deli cups for all of the students at an extra charge of $1.00 each, but we ask you to consider getting students to bring in their own container (yogurt containers work just great!) to reduce unnecessary waste. Each student will have their own meal worm to feed and care for, watching it eventually pupate and develop into a beetle!