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Insect Collecting along the Rio de Flag trail

Our camps for 2024 

Registration for 2024 camps opened  January 15, 2024 and they were filled on January, 25th . You can still get on a waitlist (below)

The Junior Entomology Academy promotes the education of entomology for kids ages 6 – 10 years-old. Our mission is to inspire a love of bugs in the next generation of entomologists, to assist in their education, and provide resources for improving their knowledge. We do this through our annual Bug Camp events and our traveling arthropod show. Our goal is to educate passionate young entomologists on all aspects of entomology, from keeping a collection, insect husbandry, insect classification, insect ecology, and eating insects as a food source.  The summer bug camps will now be run through our new nonprofit Biodiversity Outreach Network (BON). The personnel have not changed and this will allow us to expand all of our biodiversity outreach efforts. We will continue our camps at Willow Bend in Flagstaff, Arizona and continue to promote workforce development through hiring promising students from middle school through graduate students across the country.

If creepy crawlers fascinate your child, then the summer bug camp is an ideal summer activity. If your child falls outside of this age range please contact us, we do make exceptions for children who really love working with bugs. Campers will learn about insect natural history and biodiversity through a series of fun project and activities. Campers collect insects and create their own insect collection, build their own bug, and we finish the week with by preparing and sharing insect cuisine with invited family members and friends. 


We will plan three in-person bug camps in summer 2024. The first camp will be hosted at the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) and the second two camps will be hosted at Willow Bend Environmental Center. All sessions will be capped at 24 campers. All camps cover the same material and engage in the same activities. Since a lot of time is spent outside the only difference between camps will be weather, so lightning is more prevalent later in the summer.

Note that each week has the same set of activities, material, and "bug collection" routines  - campers typically just attend one week per summer, as there is little variation between sessions. For the 2024 camps a teacher at Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy will be filming a documentary about the camps during the two Willow Bend Camps. If you have concerns about your camper(s) being in the documentary, please let us know.


Camp 1: June 24th - June 28th (hosted at Museum of Northern AZ (MNA)   FULL, YOU CAN JOIN A WAITLIST 

Camp  2: July 8th - July 12th (hosted at Willow Bend Environmental Center)  FULL, YOU CAN JOIN A WAITLIST 

Camp 3: July 15th - July 19th (hosted at Willow Bend Environmental Center) FULL, YOU CAN JOIN A WAITLIST

Please contact Neil Cobb at or fill out this short waitlist form if you would like to be added to the waitlist. Provide name(s) and age(s) of camper(s) and which session(s) you want them to be added to. 

Lily Davis and Jackie Garver will be leading the camps next summer and both are experienced in teaching in-person under Covid-19 compliance. Lily and Jackie are elementary school teachers in Chicago and Flagstaff, respectively. Both women have extensive experience with in-person teaching throughout the academic year during Covid times, and are experts at helping young children practice social distancing and carry out indoor mask use. We also have nine amazing young Junior Counselors (ages 12-16). Campers will be organized into groups of 4-5 and each group will have 1-2 counselors that help them on projects.

Fees & Scholarships

The fee for each of the 2024 Summer Bug Camps is $375 per child. Willow Bend sponsors and MNA members will receive a $25 discount per child when they register before June 1 for the June camps and before July 1 for the July camp.


We may have support for 1-2 scholarships for summer 2024 for families that fall under Flagstaff mean annual income. Please email Neil at if you would like a scholarship application. The deadline for this application is March 31st, 2024, and we can only offer one scholarship per family. We may only have reserved scholarship spots for 1-2 of the camps.  


​Registration & Camp Information   THE CAMP IS FULL - you can add your name to the waitlist:

Waitlist (CLICK HERE)

Contact for questions


Camp runs Monday - Friday

Hours are 9:00am - 4:00pm, EXCEPT on Friday, it ends at 3:00pm-ish!


This is because we have a "bug feast" and "entomology awards" that all parents are encouraged to attend (on that Friday, starting around 2pm-ish)


Therefore camp tends to finish up around 3pm that day (not 4pm).

All campers are responsible for bringing their own snacks and water bottles, and there will be no food sharing (unless between siblings). Each child will receive their own box of pinning/collecting supplies and their own pollinator net to use for the entire length of the camp. 

This is the perfect opportunity for your child to delve into the wonders of entomology and learn about insects, entomological collecting techniques, proper curation, insect anatomy, life cycles, insect husbandry, and interesting facts about insects and other arthropods. The week concludes with entomophagy, a bug feast, where kids and parents are invited to try gourmet insect cuisine. We pride ourselves in entomology education for kids taught by real-life entomologists.   


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Walking her Pet Bug

Lily Davis Lily is a NAUTeach graduate, now based in Chicago. With her seven years of experience, Lily brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to her role as the co-leader for the Junior Entomology Academy. She is dedicated to fostering curiosity and appreciation for insects among campers while creating engaging educational experiences in the fascinating world of bugs.


Jackie Garver is a local Flagstaff school teacher who started helping with Bug Camp when she was a student. Jackie will be the 2023 camp co-leader.

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Neil Cobb is an entomologist/ecologist with a research focus on arthropod biodiversity. He is the Director of the Junior Entomology Academy. He coordinates registrations and runs several of the camp activities. During the rest of the year he runs SCAN, an arthropod data portal that provides biogeographic data on arthropods. He is also the lead Principal Investigator for the iDigBees project. The main goal for iDigBees is to describe the distribution of all 20,000 bee species in the world.

Junior Counselors


Carrie Cobb will be a junior counselor for all camps. She will be a 10th grader at Flagstaff High this fall and has participated in bug camps every year since she was 6 years old. She has been a junior counselor for the last 5 years. Her passions include dance, biking, FCCLA, and a love for insects. She has numerous experiences with kids and is very excited to be able to have this opportunity!

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Alana Westra:  Hi, my name is Alana and I will be a 10th grader at Flagstaff High School this fall. I am involved in dance and student council. This is my second year as a junior counselor and I’m really looking forward to it.

Leila Visockis: I will be a 10th grader at NPA this fall. My favorite subjects are French and Chemistry. I enjoy Surfing and Bodyboarding. I’m so excited to be a Junior Counselor this summer!

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Makena Foster : I attend Flagstaff High School, I will be in 1oth grade. I have attended BugCamp as a camper and now I am looking forward to being a Junior Counselor. I really like the lepidoptera group  (moths and butterflies) and I like skiing, surfing, biking and adventuring.

Jocelyn Katzman: I will be a 9th grader at Flagstaff High School and my favorite subjects are math and biology. I love plants, reptiles, and insects because they are so unique. This is my second year as a junior counselor and I am so excited to help the campers learn about insects!

Kendall GrossHi! I’m Kendall and I will be a 7th grader at San Francisco de Asis Catholic School. My favorite subjects are science and social studies. I like to swim and run cross country. I have gone to bug camp for many years as a camper and I am excited to be a Junior Counselor.

Oscar Martinez: Hi, I’m Oscar. I am 16 years old and will be an 11th grader at Flagstaff High School next year. I like math and science in school. I am a scooter rider and I make scooter tutorials and edits for my YouTube Channel, Flag Scoot.

Sophie Emery: Hi, my name is Sophie Emery and I’m 14 going on 15 and soon I will be a freshman in high school . I was a camp counselor at bug camp last year and now I’m coming back. I have loved bugs for just about my entire life and enjoy learning about them! I run cross country and track and I am currently a member of National Junior Honor Society. I have many wild interests such as art, Insects, reptiles, and animating! I can not wait to have a fun experience with all the campers! 

Ezra Varley: I will be a 10th grader at Flag High this upcoming fall. I am a track and field runner, and I enjoy running, biking, hiking, and participating in ECE (Early Childhood Education). I am excited to be a junior counselor this year.

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Graham Nieri: I'm Graham, and I'm really excited to be a junior counselor at Bug Camp this year. I've been a bug enthusiast since I was 6, attending bug camps and learning all about these fascinating creatures. Now, at 12 years old and about to start 8th grade at Ingleside Middle School, I'm thrilled that I'll be a Junior Counselor at bug camp this year for two weeks! I lived in England for five years, so I explored the bugs there, and I recently moved back to Arizona. I can't wait to spend two weeks helping out and sharing my passion for bugs with others. It's going to be an amazing experience, and I'm looking forward to every moment of it!

Junior Counselor

Interested in becoming a junior counselor? We are now seeking enthusiastic students, 13 years and older, to join our bug camp team. Junior Counselors are responsible for assisting the camp staff, including helping campers with activities, clean-up, and general supervision of the students. Junior Counselors (JCs) are expected to act as mentors to the students in the program. Advanced JCs are expected to give lectures and lead in camp activities. Junior Counselor "Trainees" ages 11-12 pay for camps until they can be full JCs.  For any questions about the process contact Neil Cobb (           

Camp activities

These are just some of the featured activities offered throughout the week.  Every day we spend time taking campers on hikes collecting bugs and they make their own collections.

Day 1: Interact with live bugs from the insect zoo. Campers are taught how to care for insect pets.

Day 2: Build your own bug! Campers construct their own bug using real insect parts.

Day 3: Take pictures of bugs and make an insect maze. Campers learn not only how to photograph a bug, but also about insect behavior. (Nightlighting for nocturnal insects from sunset to ~9PM.  Bring the family!)

Day 4: Go on an insect scavenger hunt! Campers learn about insect diversity and conservation while they search for bugs.

Day 5: Make insect cuisine! Campers learn about the importance of insects as a source of food for many species, including humans. Parents are invited to an insect banquet and open house.

All of the supplies for camp activities are provided, and children keep their own insect collections. We provide about 25 different activities, below are the activities we offer every year.  Most activities we do once during the camp and others, like "general collecting" we do every day.


List of Activities

Arthropods are Bugs!

What is an Arachnid: Interactive Lecture

What is an Insect: Interactive Lecture

Celebrate Bug Biodiversity

Bug Sampling using pitfall traps, malaise traps & pollinator traps


Specialty Collecting Methods: Blue-Vanes, Slingshot tree traps…….

How many bug species can you report to iNaturalist?

Making an insect collection: Pinning, spreading, labeling, arranging

Insect Behavior: Raising Your Pet Bug

Pollinator Ecology: Interactive Lecture

Bug Jeopardy: Body parts to Ecology

Build a Bug Insect Morphology

Bug Camp Notebook: Learn to write what you learn

Food Web Tag: Predator catches Prey

Make your own bee nest block

Toy Bugs: Take a break and explore the plastic bugs bin

Stump the Entomologists: Ask them a question they cannot answer

Life Cycle: Interactive Lecture

Scavenger Hunt

Aquatic insects interactive lecture

The Felt Bug Insect Anatomy Physiology: Interactive Lecture

Bug Cuisine featuring mealworm pesto pasta

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