Bug Camp | June 14-18, 2015 | Register
Welcome to Bug Camp
MSU's Bug and Plant Camp is the oldest "bug camp" in the world. We start early every morning and collect into the night at this very active academic camp. Our lab and classroom are in the Clay Lyle Entomology Complex and we will be collecting on the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge and at other locales. Activities and topics may include: collecting and pinning insects and night collecting; using a scanning electron microscope; a tour of a bee hive, a taste of honey and honey judging; edible insects (entomophagy); forensic entomology and lab; forest entomology; insect and plant interactions including carnivorous plants and edible wild plants; medical entomology and insect diseases such West Nile Virus; insect parasites; veterinary entomology; aquatic insects and water quality monitoring; plant ecology and plant diseases; Integrated Pest Management, and more. Repeat campers may have the opportunity to engage in a science fair research project. There is always something new! Sessions are led by departmental faculty members, associates, and students. Campers are invited to join us for BugFest at the Crosby Arboretum in September to teach others what they have learned. We will add campers and others with an interest in entomology to our newsletter, The Gloworm, mailing list. Please provide an email address.
Mississippi State University's Basic Insect and Plant Ecology camp, better known as Bug and Plant Camp, is the oldest residential entomology camp in the world. The camp is intergenerational, providing an oppourtunity for children as well as their parents, grandparents or other caregivers. Campers have the opportunity to learn about different aspects of entomology while enjoying the outdoors. Collecting trips are interspersed with briefings on medical entomology, insect photography, bee ecology and using Global Positioning Systems to identify insect collection sites. Staying overnight allows campers to collect bugs in the evening using black lights. Campers tour the insect rearing lab, the electron microscope lab and MSU's entomological museum. Campers ages 10 and older are welcome to attend.
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!
Download what to bring to camp (and not bring) to camp
- Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge
- Mississippi State Department of Health
- Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality