Schools (K – 12)

Covid19 Notice UPDATED SEPT 2020: Please read.

We come to your school and deliver a fun, hands-on minibeast experience, not to be forgotten! All school workshops meet the Board of Studies K-12 Syllabus Guidelines and assist teachers in meeting a variety of learning outcomes. All school bookings are supported with a free CD filled with over 50MB of mini-beast resources including fact sheets, activity sheets, Ella Resizedcare sheets, clip art and more.
And yes, we have a CovidSafe Plan! 

Book an incursion and receive 2 free stick insects!
Simply mention this offer to claim whilst placing your booking. Stick insects delivered on day of incursion.

BugsZoom Sessions also now available!
Book an incursion, and also receive a FREE BugZoom Lesson, Live from our Bug Lab!

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 Physical Characteristics: How do they get their colourations? What are spines and prickles for? Where are their eyes and mouthparts? 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” & Changes in Our World: We explore life & growth cycles, the seasons, day/night cycles, tidal cycles, decomposition cycles, pollination cycles, water and weather cycles etc.
[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: 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. Can you find suitable shelters for wildlife in your schoolyard or backyard?
[Suitable for Stage 1, 2 & 3]
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 choices 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 on 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]

How Much?

Standard Primary School Workshop: 1 hour interactive demonstration to entire group + 20mins Hands-on Discovery session per class plus FREE BugZoom Lesson with every booking!
Inside Sydney Metro area (including Blue Mountains & Bathurst)
$12 per student (min 50 / $600) GST EXEMPT
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 ~200 students per day.

BugZoom Sessions: Book NOW for one of our fabulous, fresh and innovative BugZoom Lessons! All BugZoom lessons will go LIVE from our Bug Lab, right here in the Blue Mountains. Several topic / format options available.  Choose your ideal time and date!
Sessions Start at:
40mins: $100
1hour: $125
1hour 30mins: $150
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. Special discounts may be available. 

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.