Presentation Basics

We love sharing insect knowledge with children through classroom and booth style presentations! Presentations typically split into two sections and last about 45 minutes total. The first part includes general info about insects, reasons why insects are good and bad, ways that insects survive in a world full of predators, ways that insects communicate with one another and much more! Part two is all about handling live insects and is usually the most memorable part of our visits.

We can also provide more specialized curricula to fit with particular units (for example; metamorphosis, pest insects, pollinators, beneficial insects, etc.).  More developed lesson plans will be posted to the website, soon!

Live insect presentation depends on what types of insects are available.  Presenters generally try to bring as big of an assortment as is possible. Insects we maintain:

  • Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches
  • Death’s Head Cockroaches
  • Walking Sticks
  • Tobacco Hornworms
  • Tarantulas
  • Grain beetles

Children are allowed to hold the insects. Most of the insects brought to a presentation are not able sting, bite, or transmit disease.  Our tarantulas are extremely docile, and contrary to popular belief, non-venomous.   All insects have been reared inside a lab, so they are clean. The live insects-portion of the presentation is probably the most popular and memorable part for kids and adults, alike.

Presentation Restrictions

  • Presentation locations are limited to within an hour drive of the UW campus (exceptions possible, with added cost)
  • Talks are usually geared for children age 3 and older
  • Summer presentations are subject to ambassador availability (typically, summer is “Field season” for our students, and many are not available)

Presentations at the UW

We are also able to host presentations at our space in Russell laboratories.  We are able to reserve a teaching laboratory, provided the space is available.  We are not able to give tours of the Insect Research Collection.  The collection is a research-specific area with no museum-like displays or interactive material – it is simply a housing area for our research specimens.  If you would like to schedule a presentation at the UW, please include that in your presentation request location!

Cost and Donations

Insect Ambassadors is a volunteer-run organization.  Our operating budget is extremely limited, and we depend on donations for our presentations to be successful and help cover the costs of maintaining our live and preserved insects and transporting our students to presentations across the state.

We usually ask for a donation of $2 per student for classroom style presentations.  For booth-style presentations, we suggest $50. However, our goal is to share insect education no matter what your organization can afford! If cost is a concern, please specifically mention your needs when you contact us.