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Bug Camp | June 11-15, 2017 | Register

Welcome to MSU Extension's Bug and Plant Camp

MSU's Bug and Plant Camp is the oldest "bug camp" in the world. It is a very active intergenerational academic camp. Campers start early every morning and collect into the night. Camp is held on campus in the Clay Lyle Entomology Complex and campers collect on the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge and at other locations. As an intergenerational camp it is open to people from 10 years of age up. Parents, teachers and even entomologists from other universities have participated in camp.

Activities and topics may include: collecting, identifying and pinning insects; night collecting; using a scanning electron microscope; a tour of a bee hive, a taste of honey, and honey judging; forensic entomology and lab; forest entomology; insect-plant interactions including a guided hike, carnivorous plants, plant diseases, and edible wild plants; medical entomology and insect diseases such Zeka and West Nile Virus are discussed; insect parasites; veterinary entomology; aquatic insects and water quality monitoring; plant ecology; Integrated Pest Management; entomophagy (edible insects) and more. There is always something new! Sessions are led by departmental faculty members, associates, and students.

In the fall young entomologists are invited to join departmental faculty for BugFest at the MSU Crosby Arboretum to teach what they have learned. The camp experience is reinforced with an emailed entomology newsletter, The Gloworm.

Date:

June 11 – 15, 2017

Time:

7:00 am - 11:00 pm

Who is eligible:

As an intergenerational camp it is open to people from 10 years of age up. Parents, teachers and even entomologists from other universities have participated in camp.

Special Restrictions:

Interest in insects! Space is limited so register early. We do maintain a waiting list. Contact Dr. John Guyton at 662-325-3482 to be added to it.

Camp Type:

Overnight Camp

Sponsoring Units:

Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology; MSU Extension Service; College of Agriculture and Life Science

Other Information:

Contact John Guyton at J.guyton@msstate.edu for a registration form or other information. On-line registration is not available at this time. Drs. John Guyton, Lelia Kelly, Jeff Harris, and Mike Williams (emeritus) are co-directors.

Cost:

$450 includes dorm, meals, onsite transportation, a camp t-shirt, and all the insects you can catch. Campers will need 3 or 4 packs of insect pins ($6 per pack, available for purchase at camp). You may also want to purchase an insect collection box for $35.

Contact:

Dr. John Guyton
Box 9775
Miss. State, MS 39762
662-325-3482(Work)
228-324-4233(mobile)
j.guyton@msstate.edu

History of Bug Camp

Bug Camp was the vision of Dr. Mike Williams and it was immediately popular. Dr. John Guyton joined him in 1997 and camp steadily grew and became more focused. Along the way Dr. Lelia Kelly joined the team and helped develop the insect plant connection.

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What to bring to camp

First of all you are about to go on an adventure so come prepared to learn, meet a lot of entomologist and other people just like you who love bugs and plants! And, bring that great big bug camp smile. We are going to chase bugs, learn what they are and what they are good for. We will start early, go fast and stay out late!
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Partners

  • Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge
  • Mississippi State Department of Health
  • Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality