Suggested audience: Some small programs are suitable for very broad audiences, especially those that mimic our large shows. Other programs can be designed to reach very specific audiences of any age or experience level.
Suggested settings: Schools, summer camps, libraries, and free-choice learning organizations such as nature centers and museums.
What we offer: Our small programs can take on many unique and diverse forms, making them well suited to a broad range of venues. We bring a diverse, seasonal sampling of native New England caterpillars, generally accompanied by two professional education staff members. Program lengths vary, generally from three to eight hours.
Features of these programs may include:
Some small programs essentially involve a scaled-down version of our large shows, working well for venues that like the large show format, but have space, budget, and/or time limitations.
To help achieve venues’ specific educational objectives, some small programs are more formal and educator-directed than our large shows, particularly when we visit schools and summer camps.
We can focus small programs around distinct themes, such as metamorphosis, domesticated versus wild species comparisons, defensive adaptations, and more, offering an opportunity to delve into a particular topic in depth.
Using caterpillars as our base topic, we can skillfully integrate technology, art, history, anthropology, and other multidisciplinary subjects into small programs.
Availability: Small programs involving live caterpillars are available from April 1 – October 31. Specific timing depends on the quantity and species of caterpillars required. We offer small programs from November through March that feature photographs rather than live caterpillars. During our peak season (June 15 – September 15), small programs may not be available on weekends.
“Our visits from the Caterpillar Lab were a highlight for our campers this summer. The team worked with us to develop caterpillar stations that connected to each camp group’s focus, and our staff and campers were entranced by the variety of adaptations and life strategies they saw. The kids loved the opportunity to get close to and even touch some of the caterpillars in their small groups, and our staff of teacher naturalists was impressed by Liz and Jesse’s expertise and ability to connect with the campers.” -Carrie Webster, Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary
“We loved the program! It was set up in a way that all the children could enjoy. I truly have no weaknesses to share; I would highly recommend your presentation to anyone. It was the perfect fit to our insect unit, enhancing the goals from our curriculum.” -Pam Merrow, Fuller Elementary School (Keene, NH)
"We loved it! Kids in all our classes (grades K-5) got to participate in a session with these two scientists and their fabulous creatures. All of us learned a ton of information, got to touch and view amazing creatures doing amazing things, like popping their heads off and wriggling out of their skins. Sam and Jesse's presentation was magical for all our students, and all were enthralled... We can't wait for them to come again. We hope to explore our woods with them and find many of these fascinating animals right in our own back yard." -May Clark, Dublin Consolidated School (Dublin, NH)
“Our goal [was] to expose people to the wonders of the caterpillar world and to expand awareness of the diversity and adaptations found there. The Lab did that wonderfully - both visually and through imparted stories and content! The diversity of caterpillars and taxonomic groups represented was so inspiring. A great exposure to biodiversity! And also loved your flexibility and willingness to meet our timing and scheduling needs!!! …The two staffers that accompanied the exhibit were terrific! Able to reach audience members on a wide variety of levels with great communication skills!!! Very impressive and educationally valuable.” -Tedd Watt, Hitchcock Center for the Environment