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Explore Entomology in Oklahoma!
Don't miss the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology's OSU Insect Adventure!
Meet live insects and their relatives up close and personal! Get answers to all those questions that have been "bugging" you about the world's largest group of animals from a professional entomologist. A live petting zoo experience you'll be sure to enjoy, remember, and talk about for a long time.
The Insect Adventure is extremely flexible when it comes to presentations. Small groups to a large booth. Presentations may be scheduled at the Insect Adventure facility or at locations across Oklahoma. Festivals, fairs, 4-H, classrooms, civic groups, Scouts, birthdays, Halloween events, and so much more are perfect for the Insect Adventure!
The Insect Adventure cannot accommodate outdoor venues since we present with live, non-native animals. Also, Insect Adventure is not appropriate for assembly-style arrangements; groups of 20-50 work best for handling and discussing small insects. For large groups, we recommend a interactive booth/ station/ pass-by exhibit.
Public open hours at the facility--no appointment needed--are the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, 10am - 2pm.
The Insect Adventure schedule fills up very quickly--especially April-September--so we recommend booking early!
Check out this segment from Oklahoma Gardening describing Insect Adventure presentations:
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 and to insure their safety and protection we do not allow free-roaming around the room during presentations. If children cannot remain seated during presentations, the live animals must be put away, but activities and crafts will be brought out instead.
Typically, presentations fall into 4 categories:
- Classroom-sized groups. Recommended group size is 20 to 40 individuals. This type of presentation can last from 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the size and age of the group (please see chart below). The group sits and insects are passed around from person to person. Questions and touching are encouraged. A large amount of information is given on each insect presented. This presentation can be held at either the Insect Adventure facility in Stillwater or on location anywhere within Oklahoma. Several presentations may be scheduled sequentially, if more than 40 attendees expected simultaneously. Restroom at facility.
- Large Events. Unlimited size. This type of presentation may last for as long as the organizer chooses. Three to six tables are set up with insects and displays and people pass by at their own speed. Insects may be touched, but will not be brought out of the display containers. Such events usually include County Fairs, State Fairs, Festivals, etc.
- Birthday Parties. Maximum 45 individuals. Birthday Parties usually take place on Saturdays and last for 2 hours. A live Insect Petting Zoo Presentation is included in parties along with time for party-goers to explore exhibits, ask questions, and play outside. Two covered tables for gifts and treats are provided. Restroom onsite.
- Open Hours. 1st and 3rd Saturdays of every month (except State Holidays) the Insect Adventure will have open hours available to the general public from 10 am to 2 pm. The usual $3 charge will be applied to each visitor. Appointments are not necessary, as the format is come-and-go at your own pace. Restroom onsite.
These recommendations are based on the age and size of the group. We recommend that the younger the children, the smaller the groups you bring for presentations. Young children cannot sit for hour-long presentations, so the following age groups will have varying structures for visits to and by the zoo. This is for the safety of the animals and the enjoyment of all.
** Children under 6 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian **
|Ages||Group Size||Presentation Structure|
|4-7||Up to 25||45 min with break for a craft|
|8-12||Up to 30||1 hour with 5 min. break|
|13-17||Up to 40||1 hour|
|17+||Up to 40||1-2 hours|
Schedule a group visit to the Insect Adventure facility in Stillwater:
Schedule the Insect Adventure at your event anywhere in Oklahoma:
EXAMPLE: If you are a teacher in Oklahoma City or Tulsa, having the Insect Adventure come to your classroom for a whole day of 50-minute presentations (7 presentations from 8 am-2 pm) would cost $425.
Scheduling a Birthday Party at the Insect Adventure:
**A pre-paid deposit is NOT required.
To schedule with the Insect Adventure:
** Please keep in mind that the Insect Adventure depends on presentation income, donations, and grants to operate. There are many ways to raise the funds required to get the bug zoo to your event! If you need help, please explore some of the possible options below:
You can request funding from organizations such as: Local banks, Local businesses, PTA Associations, Educational Field Trip Grants, and County Extension Offices. Also consider trying bake sales and other private fundraising functions!
If you need help providing justification for inviting the Insect Adventure to your event, contact the Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) to provide you with pre-written support statements.