Schools (K – 12)

Book NOW for Term 1 2024 and beyond!

We come to your school and deliver a fun, hands-on minibeast experience, not to be forgotten! All school workshops meet the NSW Science & Technology K-12 Syllabus and assist teachers in meeting a variety of learning outcomes. BugsZoom Sessions are also available!

All school bookings areUSB1 supported with a FREE USB Card or CD featuring mini-beast resources including fact sheets, activity sheets, care sheets, clip art and more.
Looking for more resources? Check out our shop.

Book an incursion and receive 2 free stick insects!
Simply mention this offer to claim when placing your booking. Stick insects will be delivered on day of the incursion. Enclosures and other accessories also available!

Topics covered include Minibeasts and:
The Schoolyard Safari: Collecting and studying mini-beasts in the backyard, schoolyard & beyond. Learn how to build insect traps, terrariums, butterfly garden or compost heap, keep live mini-beasts, safety, capture, ID, re-release, surveys etc. (Several options available)
[Suitable for K – 6]
A Closer Look at External Features: How do they get their colourations? What are spines and prickles for? Where are their eyes and mouth parts? How do they utilise the environment? We explore the vast diversity of physical characteristics and adaptations seen in invertebrate animals.
[Suitable for Stage 1 & 2]
Changes in Our World: We explore Invertebrate life & growth cycles, and how the seasons, day/night, tidal and water cycles, the weather and climate and decomposition cycles affect invertebrate life and their ecosystems.
[Suitable for Stage 1 & 2]
Living Things / What’s Alive: What characteristics do living things share? What do living things need to survive? [Suitable for Pre-K, ES1 and Stage 1].
Wildlife in the Suburbs: Let’s look at some local invertebrates! What kind of minibeasts and other wildlife can you find in your school or backyard? Depending on where you live, you will encounter different wildlife interacting. Can you identify suitable shelters for wildlife in your schoolyard or backyard?  [Suitable for Stage 1, 2 & 3]
Climate Change and Minibeasts: How is climate change affecting invertebrate life and their ecosystems? Can they adapt? How can we help?
[Suitable for Stage 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5]
Freshwater Bugs and Aquatica: What kind of life can you find in a freshwater pond? Or perhaps a creek, stream or bubbling brook? A swampy wetland or a boggy marsh?  We bring fantastic examples of freshwater aquatic life including water spiders, water bugs, water beetles, native shrimp, crayfish and more, to your school or venue! Ideal for schools who can’t quite make it to a freshwater venue for Streamwatch and waterbug activities.  Also available at a freshwater venue near you, as a field trip if desired! [Suitable for Stage 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5]
Basic Applied Ecology: Communities, Habitats & Ecology; Who lives where? Who helps who? Food chains and webs. The need for shelters. Conservation & Threatened Species; threats & recovery plans. [Suitable for Secondary: Stage 4 & 5]
Uses in Industry: Pests & Allied Species of Agriculture, Forestry & Medicine as well as Forensic Entomology. Entomological career & hobby opportunities available.
[Suitable for Secondary: Stage 4, 5 & 6]
Invertebrate Biology: Anatomy & Physiology; Mini-beast form & function explained. What have we learnt about invertebrate anatomy and physiology, and what can we learn as evolving human beings? Dissection conducted for HS Biology students by request.
[Suitable for Secondary: Stage 4, 5 & 6]
Insect Classification, Taxonomy & ID: What are the defining characteristics of the 6 different animal groups? How are animals classified? How do insects and other animals get their names? What makes an insect, an insect? How are ‘new species’ defined?
[Suitable for Secondary: Stage 4 & 5]
Living Art & Photography: Would you like to hire a selection of minibeasts for a school art or photography class? We can provide a range of live and/or preserved specimens for your students to sketch, paint, draw, sculpt, film or photograph. We can even help students with design projects and also provide them with live and preserved specimens to use as part of their art installations and projects. Our minibeasts have even been featured in an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney!
[Suitable for all Stages]

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How Much?
Standard Primary School Workshop:
1 hour interactive demonstration to entire group + 20mins Hands-on Discovery session per class.
Prices vary depending upon location of school, and the number of students and classes. Please contact us for a quote!

Outside Sydney?
We’d love to visit! Prices vary upon number of students, workshop/display requirements & venue location. Email or call us for a quote!

We can usually fit in up to ~250 students or approx. 10 classes per day.

BugZoom Sessions: Book for one of our fun and fascinating BugZoom Lessons!
All BugZoom lessons are streamed LIVE from our Bug Lab, right here in the Blue Mountains. Several topic / format options available.  Choose your ideal time and date!
Prices vary depending upon number and age of participants, topics and session time length requested. Please contact us for a quote!
Not convinced? We are happy to meet with you on Zoom for a quick 5-10min demo on what to expect from one of our sessions!

Are you a Special Needs School? Please refer to the section devoted to this special area of learning.

Secondary School Workshops
We appreciate the rigid structure of the average High School day, and we are happy to work in with your usual schedule or around a special event such as a Science or Environment Day or Festival. Please contact us via email or phone to discuss your expectations.