2016 another banner year at the MSU Bug House

posted on March 15, 2017 1:18pm

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People continue to be enthusiastic about meeting the bugs at Entomology’s Bug House, reports Gary Parsons, the program and facility director. Tours and events reached over 9,700 people in 2016!

  • 60 different schools booked 106 hour-long tours, bringing 2,761 children to learn about bugs.
  • 17 mini-tours of small family groups included 86 visitors.
  • 828 MSU college students taking ISB 201 had a lab in the Bug House.
  • 9 Monday night open houses brought in 1,178 visitors with a Facebook-posted event in February bringing in 663! Summer open houses in July and August brought in 89 and 86 visitors.
  • Our Halloween open house enticed 200 visitors, and our end-of-the-year Holiday open house entertained another 68.
  • Other special open houses included Be a Tourist in Your Own Town (637 visitors), Bring your Child to Work Day (145), MSU Science Festival (637) and Grandparents University (86).
  • The Bug House also participated in Darwin Discovery day at the MSU Museum (610 visitors), Bug Day in the 4-H Children’s Garden (120), SPOM Breslin Takeover (250), Halloween at the Broad Art Museum (500), Tollgate Fall Fair and Pumpkin Fest in Novi (1,200), and 3 local Elementary Science Fairs (450).

Visitors weren’t the only ones who benefitted:

  • 6 Bug House guides who worked with 10 or more tours earned a combined $3,590 in Bug House Fellowships. The awardees will be announced at the Department Awards ceremony in April.
  • Goliath, our awesome giant tarantula, arrived in July. He is as big as a dinner plate with 1-inch long fangs and still growing!
  • A Teaching and Learning Environment (TLE) grant from MSU provided funds for a new laptop computer, giant TV screen and camera system for showing up-close views of specimens to an entire group and will allow for new creative educational programming for future visitors.
  • New t-shirts with the original Bug House logo in various colors can be purchased through the Entomology Business office.