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Insect Discovery Lab

deedsIncredible Insects!
Explore the fantastic lives of beetles, millipedes, tarantulas, walking sticks, whip scorpions and more! We’ll bring our hands-on Insect Discovery Lab to your class or next event. Our presenters will introduce your group to the extraordinarily diverse world of insects and other arthropods and teach you about their key role in the web of life. Scientific observation, insect identification, and the natural history of bugs’ lives are just some of the areas we focus on. Click here to learn more about insects!

We also do educational outreach in the form of tabling events with our Insect Discovery Lab, which will surely add life to your event, science fair, or party! Two energetic educators will host the tables, engage and help children and adults to hold the insects, and to tell visitors the stories of the incredible lives of these amazing creatures.

INTRODUCING THE NEW BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR - Book a Behind The Scenes adventure tour to the Lab! This intimate tour is the ultimate exclusive glimpse into the award-winning Insect Discovery Lab in San Francisco. A personal hands-on tour for up to 8 participants for 1.5 hours. The cost is $325. Perfect for an evening Happy Hour with friends. Take a walk on the wild side and travel around the world without leaving the city! An urban safari of insects and arthropods from Africa to Malaysia.

Insect Discovery Lab Reviews:
"I am a retired elementary school teacher. I had the good fortune to have the Insect Discovery Lab come to my grandson's third birthday party and utterly astound and delight all ages of kids and adults with the huge and amazing insects Norm brought. Also wonderful was the respectful and informative way these intricate creatures were presented to the captivated audience. The kids were mesmerized. The specimens were actually passed around so that each person could touch them and experience the awe and wonder of such unique creatures. This presentation would be perfect for ages 3 to adult. Definitely worth the very reasonable price. You should see our photos!" 
"These folks are great!  Had them over for my six year old daughter's birthday party and they kept a group of 15 kids (ages 2 - 10) quite entertained. Not to mention all the adults that were also mesmerized. The presentation is educational, interesting, and lots of fun. The staff is very courteous, smart, and knowledgeable. The bugs were amazing!! I would do this again!"
"Rachel came to my son's 3rd birthday last Saturday with the IDL and it was fantastic!!! Our family and friends absolutely loved it. We received many compliments on the program and especially Rachel... she was awesome w/the kids. Please let her know that she gave a perfect presentation. The kids ranged in age from 2 - 11 years old and she made the presentation fit for the entire age range. It was great. Thank you SaveNature for offering such a special, unique, fun and educational program. I will definitely recommend the IDL and will considering booking it again in the future as my children get older."


Your group will:

  • Learn how to identify insects and their arthropod relatives
  • Touch amazing arthropod ambassadors
  • See how insects defend themselves
  • Discover their incredible diversity

Presentation Details
Our presenters are knowledgeable, informative and engaging. Each presentation includes hands-on experience with live animals and observation time with live and preserved materials for everyone. Group or class should not exceed 25 people.­

You will receive pre and post visit materials including fact, activity and resource sheets, plus our conservation action guides.

Program Length
Preschool programs are about 30 minutes and School Age groups are 50 minutes with live insects and other arthropods.

Program Fees
Preschool programs are $130.00 per presentation and $105.00 for additional presentations.
School programs are $180.00 for the first presentation and $155.00 for additional presentations at the same location on the same day.
Libraries are $250.00 for the presentation.
Birthday parties are $250.00 per presentation. Fees for presenting at events depend on the location, number of attendees, nature and length of event.

Travel fees will be applied for sites outside of San Francisco. Contact us today to discuss your site and book the Lab.

News Articles about the Insect Discovery Lab 

Insects and the World Under Your Feet
"Learning to Love Insects", Time for Kids, 2010
“Center targets kids before bugs ‘uncool’” Contra Costa Sun, 2006
“Getting Creepy for a Cause” SF Chronicle, 2005
“Tiburon Pupils Bug-eyed Over Insects” Marin Independent Journal, 1999

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