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Outreach and Department Tours

You have reached the outreach page for the University of Florida's Entomology and Nematology Department. Take a look around to learn more about our outreach programs. For a general overview of our outreach program and information on scheduling, go to Outreach. If you have a specific question, try the Outreach FAQ section below. 

Outreach

About Outreach

Our outreach program is designed to increase awareness and enthusiasm for insects and other "bugs." Presentations are given to groups of all sizes and ages and are tailored to meet the individual needs of the group. We prefer first grade and older, with groups of 10 to 25. We try to make each presentation fun and informative, with lots of live critters and as many hands-on activities as time, size and age permit. 

Shows

We can cater shows to meet the needs of almost any group or curriculum. Here are some ideas:

  • Introduction to Insects:
    What is an insect? How can I tell an insect from other "bugs"? Learn about some of the most unusual insects in the world as well as some that you can find right around your house.
  • Insects and their Habitats: 
    Find out where different insects live and how they are adapted to their environments. Also learn about the vital role insects play in their environments.
  • Collecting and Preserving Insects:  
    Learn techniques to collect a wide variety of insects. We can also teach how to curate (pin) insects for collections, or if you prefer, how to make terrariums to keep insects for pets. A fee may be charged for materials. Typically this fee is $8 per student, and they get to keep a collection box and insect pins.
  • Good Bugs/Bad Bugs: 
    Whether they help us or hurt us, no one can deny the tremendous impact many insects and bugs have in our lives. Unfortunately, some of the bugs we tend to be the most afraid of are actually some of the most beneficial, and others that seem harmless cause many problems.
  • Teacher/Leader Training:
    We can train you to be your own entomologist! If you need someone to do the same bug show for different children on multiple days, such as at a summer camp, consider asking us to train leaders in your own organization how to do the shows. It will be more efficient for you to have your own "bug expert" on hand, and it is better for us since it enables us to honor more requests for outreaches. Also, we will travel farther to do leader training than we would otherwise go for normal outreach events.

The possibilities for topics are endless! It is our hope that each child or adult, as the case may be, will come away from these programs with a greater respect and appreciation for the natural world around them.

Scheduling

Outreach events are scheduled through the outreach coordinator. For more information or to schedule a show, contact the outreach coordinator by phone at (352) 273-3942, by fax at (352) 392-0190, or by email at ufbugs@ifas.ufl.edu.

Outreach FAQ
  1. How do I schedule an outreach program?
  2. How far in advance do I need to call or email in order to schedule an outreach program?
  3. When are you available to do outreach programs?
  4. Is there a minimum or maximum number of people required for a show?
  5. What is your address?
  6. How far away will you go for an outreach program?
  7. Is there an age requirement for an outreach program or tour?
  • How do I schedule an outreach program?

Outreach events are scheduled through the outreach coordinator. For more information or to schedule a show, contact the outreach coordinator by phone at (352) 273-3942, by fax at (352) 392-0190, or by email at ufbugs@ifas.ufl.edu. The department receptionist can also relay requests to the coordinator and can be reached by phone at (352) 273-3901.

  • How far in advance do I need to call or email to schedule an outreach program?

We generally ask that you schedule at least four weeks in advance. Time slots fill up quickly, so the sooner you call, the better. 

  • When are you available to do outreach programs?

Times will vary throughout the year, so call or email to make an appointment.

  • Is there a minimum or maximum number of people required for a show?

Outreach events: We prefer groups of 10 to 20 people at a time, but shows can be adapted for larger audiences as well.

Tours of the department: There is no minimum number of people required for a tour. However, due to the limited size of our labs, we generally cannot accept tour requests from groups with more than 20 people.


  • What is your address?

University of Florida Entomology and Nematology
Steinmetz Hall
PO Box 110620
1881 Natural Area Drive
Gainesville, FL 32611

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  • How far away will you go for an outreach program?

Outreach programs are generally limited to Alachua County and the surrounding area. However, in some cases (for example, leadership training) we are willing to travel greater distances.

  • Is there an age requirement for an outreach program or tour?

We generally do not visit groups younger than first grade and do not give tours for groups younger than third grade.

Entomology and Nematology Department Tours

Undergraduate and graduate students offer tours of the Entomology and Nematology Department here at the University of Florida! The tour will take you into several labs where faculty and their students conduct exciting research. Tour-goers will not only learn about insects, but also about what job opportunities are available to them in the fields of entomology and nematology. Due to the small size of some of the labs, tours are limited to 20 people.

Outreach events are scheduled through the outreach coordinator. For more information or to schedule a show, contact the outreach coordinator by phone at (352) 273-3942, by fax at (352) 392-0190, or by email at ufbugs@ifas.ufl.edu. The department receptionist can also relay requests to the coordinator and can be reached by phone at (352) 273-3901.

Outreaches should be scheduled at least four weeks in advance.