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Planning Your Visit

Planning Your Visit

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** For all sit-down events (classroom-sized presentations and birthday parties) we suggest ages 4+. Children must be able to sit quietly for at least 30 minutes during presentations. Presentations involve live animals: to protect them we discourage free-roaming around the room. If children cannot stay seated during presentations, the live animals will be put away and activities and crafts will be brought out instead.

Setting Up a Group Visit

To set up an appointment for a group visit the Insect Adventure, contact coordinator at andrine@okstate.edu to check date/availability and then complete this form for scheduling.

All days of the week except Thursdays are open to scheduling a group visit.

What to Know Before Your Visit

Due to the nature of the Insect Adventure, we require a calm atmosphere for interacting with our critters. This helps aid in the safety of our critters and of everyone present during the visit.

In preparation for your visit, we want to answer any questions or concerns you may have, and assist you in preparing your class for a fun-filled day of learning and activities. Please let the students form their own opinions about the creatures they’ll be seeing and touching.  Please do not describe your upcoming insect adventure as “creepy,” “scary,” or “yucky.”  Try to refrain from passing on any personal myths, fears, or misconceptions.

What to Do After Your Visit

These are some topics for further discussion about insects, bugs, and other arthropods:

Develop theories about insect behavior and ecology using what, who, why, how questions.

Discuss interesting insect behavior and relate to the impact on humans and the environmental systems on the planet.

  • Coloration
    • Warning
    • Camouflage
    • Mimicry
  • Mating
  • Body design and structure
    • Exoskeleton
    • Internal morphology
    • Differences for mammals
    • Defense from enemies
      • Flight
      • Noxious smell or taste
      • Speed
      • Pooping
      • Feigning death
      • Mimicry
      • Camouflage
      • Biting
      • Stinging
      • Hissing
  • Feeding
    • Mouthpart variations
    • Herbivores
    • Predators
    • Scavengers
  • Prey versus predator
  • Ecological services and the many roles of insects
    • Pollination services
    • Nitrogen cycling
    • Soil aeration
    • Food web
    • Decomposition/Nutrient cycling
  • Beneficial insects versus crop pests
  • Insect products
    • Honey, wax, royal jelly
    • Silk
    • Cochineal dye
    • Shellac
  • Insect-vectored diseases
    • Human
    • Animal
    • Plant

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