About Our Programs

Meet live insects and their relatives up close and personal! We offer a live petting zoo experience you’ll be sure to enjoy and talk about for a long time.

We offer a variety of program types; when possible we try to make our material compatible with Indiana State Science Standards.

On-Campus

Come for a tour of the Bug Barn! We would love to show your students our animals, and teach them about what it takes to keep rare animals in captivity. We also can reserve classrooms and do hands-on activities or more in-depth programs.

Off-Campus

We travel to all parts of Indiana! Our programs work best in a single classroom or for groups of 25 or smaller. We can visit multiple classrooms in a school, or set up as an interactive station or pass-by exhibit.

Our programs are not appropriate for assembly-style arrangements; groups of 10-35 work best for handling and discussing small insects. We try to focus on direct interactions between each student and live animals for the most meaningful encounters.

Cooking Demos

We often get requests to come and cook insects for a school. This requires a fair bit of supplies and preparation, so we require a minimum of 3 months advance notice, and have a $500 base fee. If that sounds like a lot of money, we are required by law to only serve insects raised specifically for human consumption and FDA certified. Those need to be pre-ordered, and are a bit pricy. The crickets at your local bait shop are not (technically) acceptable for human consumption.

If you want to order your own insects to eat, we recommend the non-profit Little Herds.

Important Notes:

  • We require a minimum 6 weeks advance notice for off-campus programs, and a minimum 2 week advance notice for on-campus programs. You can easily request a program online with our form.
  • We do not provide on or off-campus programs for Pre-School, Kindergarten, or Grades 1 through 3. We love little kids, but cannot meet the many requests to serve this age group.
  • We cannot always accommodate outdoor venues since some of our most popular insects are not native to the United States, and are required to be kept indoors by federal law.

Program Fees

All On-Campus Bug Barn Tours are free.

There is a $75 presentation fee for off-campus events; travel fees may also apply to presentations outside the Lafayette/West Lafayette area. For on or off-campus classes requesting grasshopper dissections or other special requests we may ask for a materials fee of $50 to $500.

NOTE: If over 50% of the students at your school are enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Program for free or reduced price lunches, we will waive most or all program fees.