Homeschoolers’ Day: Insects

Explore insects inside and out during the fall Homeschoolers' day, Friday, September 12, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Special for this event, the Caterpillar Lab!

Join other families to learn about the types of insects, life cycles, and adaptations.


11:00 – 4:30 Caterpillar Lab

See many species of native New England caterpillars, from the largest to the most colorful at Sam Jaffe's Caterpillar Lab.  The Caterpillar Lab will have a large variety of species native to New England on view.  There will be microscopes and screens to help you observe caterpillars hatching from eggs, eating, and shedding; and hands-on experiences with huge caterpillars.  A team of caterpillar experts will help guide visitors through the displays and you can expect to learn about caterpillar defense, camouflage, mimicry, metamorphosis, finding caterpillars in the wild, and caterpillar conservation. 


Tentative schedule of other programs throughout the day.

10:30:
Intro to Insects:  Look at different types of insects closely under the microscope, while learning what makes an insect an insect.
Insect Safari:  Using nets and magnifiers, we'll meet the insects of the meadow up-close (outside)
Leafcutter Ants: Learn about these amazing social insects and maybe even give them some leaves!

11:30:
Intro to Insects: Look at different types of insects closely under the microscope, while learning what makes an insect an insect.
Insect Safari:  Using nets and magnifiers, we'll meet the insects of the meadow up-close (outside)
Gall Dissection:  Ever notice those weird bumps and bulges on leaves and stems?  Find out what is inside!

1:00:
Insect Life Cycles: Using a common larvae, we will explore the metamorphic lifecycle of many types of insects.
Under the Ground:  Into the woods we will head, to find the critters that live under the ground and in rotten logs. (outside)

2:00:
Aquatic Invertebrates:  Be amazed by the variety of insects that can be found in the water.
Leafcutter Ants: Learn about these amazing social insects and maybe even give them some leaves!