Entomology Field Camp

Theme: Bug Club

Come join the Bug Club as we adventure outdoors on collecting trips, learn how to trap and curate insects, build pest resistant structures, plant butterfly gardens, and meet scientists who spend their career learning about the insects that impact our lives. This camp comes complete with a set of insect collecting equipment and by the end of camp, you will have the start to a nice insect collection. Campers will collect data, make observations and communicate the information to others.

Who: rising 5th-9th Graders

When: June 20-24, 2016 ‐ 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (drop-off 8 a.m. and pick-up 4:30 p.m.)

University of Florida
Entomology and Nematology Department
1881 Natural Area Drive Gainesville, FL 32611

The building, Steinmetz Hall, is #1881 on the UF Campus Map
We are on Natural Area Drive.
Take Surge Area Drive from Archer Road to Steinmetz Hall.

The camp will be held in room 2218 (When you enter the Entomology Building lobby, take a left and the first hallway to the right. A camp leader will be in the lobby to greet campers from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.)

Limit: 30 students

Fee: $175 (fee includes T-shirt, insect collecting equipment, snacks, field trips and transportation).
Discounts are available for families with multiple campers
Participants will be required to bring their own lunch.


Students will learn how to collect insects in both terrestrial and aquatic habitats, they will take part in a Linnaean Game to test their knowledge of insects, they will complete an insect collection they get to keep, they will build a bug out of candy, learn to cook with insects, meet a scientist, dissect an insect, learn about insect communication by competing in a pheromone trail activity, compete in an insect mouthparts relay, play the insect game of life, work a live bee colony, and visit the Butterfly Rainforest. Not bad for a bug camp. Please register today to reserve your seat.

Registration Packet (check made out to the "University of Florida" must accompany the registration packet.)

After we receive the camp forms and payment, the University of Florida will now require families to register their camper through an online system, https://florida.4honline.com. Once the payment for the camp is received, the camper name will be activated. Once activated, families will need to complete some online information for University of Florida Youth Conference Services compliance. To register for camp, please complete these forms and mail or drop them off with a check made out to the University of Florida. The address is below.

  1. Registration form
  2. Emergency Contact/ Medical form
  3. Camp Contract
  4. Release of Liability
  5. (Note: There is a notary in the Entomology Department, so if you need to sign the paperwork when you bring it to the department, please let Mrs. Burnett know when you contact her).

You will receive a confirmation email when your packet is approved. The email will contain instructions on how to complete your camp registration online through 4-H Online. Since we are a camp, you will indicate as a "State Office" instead as part of a county program.

The website for continuing your registration is https://florida.4honline.com, but you will be unable to complete registration until after you have received a message stating that your camper has been accepted and is active in the system.

Mail to:

UF Entomology Field Camp
Attn: Ms. Glinda Burnett
PO Box 110620
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: (352) 273-3904

Questions: Please contact Erin Powell ufbugs@ifas.ufl.edu, or Dr. Rebecca Baldwin: baldwinr@ufl.edu or (352) 273-3974