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Exploring the Miniature World of Insects and Bugs

About The Program

Bookings open in Term 1, 2022

Bugs are everywhere and they are a healthy part of any outdoor space! How can we attract bugs to our outdoor spaces and what can we learn by watching them closely?

  • We are a part of a living planet and insects play a very important role
  • What insects are living in our outdoor areas? If there are very few or none, why? (Reasons include lack of habitat and use of chemical sprays)
  • What do insects do for us in our environment?
  • What do insects need to live happy lives?

Incursion (face-to-face) & Online

Incursion Duration:

2 x 45 minutes (two sessions minimum)

Year Level:

Early Years (face-to-face)
Prep-Year 6 (face-to-face & online)

Group Size:

max 22 per session (face-to-face)
max 50 per session (online)


$550+GST (two sessions, minimum)
$750+GST (three sessions, maximum)
$150+GST (online 1 session)



Program Themes:

insect habitat, insects and bug, bug box

  • VCSSU041 – People use Science in their daily lives
  • VCSSU031 – Science is about exploring the world around me
    VCSSU074 – Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them survive in their environments.
  • VEYLDF – Children are connected with and contribute to their world (the natural world)
  • VEYLDF – Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
  • VEYLDF – Children are confident and involved learners
  • VEYLDF – Children are effective communicators

In this session we explore: 

  • The EcoCentre “bug” box with a collection of insects/bugs that were found dead and have been collected for closer observation
  • Where bugs/insects may be found in our outdoor spaces, and how to carefully collect bugs/insects for closer observation of their body parts and adaptations  
  • Where they make their homes and what they need for habitats
  • How we can create recycled habitats to encourage more of these important little friends to our gardens

The face-to-face incursion is delivered at your ELC or Primary School by an EcoCentre Educator as 2×40 minute sessions with a short break in between. The maximum number of participants per session is 22 for ELC/Kindergarten and 25 students for Prep – Year 6. The minimum number of sessions is 2 (cost $550 +GST), the maximum number of sessions is 3 (cost $750 +GST). Our educator will bring the materials for this incursion.

This program is also available as an Online Incursion for Primary Schools at $150+GST per session, for up to 50 students on Zoom.

Again, thank you so so much for sharing your wonderful content with us (Bug/Insects Incursion). We did it with the small group of children we have at the service at the moment but I also sent it home for Remote Learning. So many families engaged and provided amazing feedback and I have sent out your website link for them to go through as well. I have since received many photos of the children’s bugs from home so it was definitely a success!​

Molly Petruccelle Children’s Program, Carlton North

The EcoCentre acknowledges the Kulin Nations, including the Yalukit Willam clan of the Boon Wurrung language group, traditional custodians of the land on which we are located.

We pay respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other First Nations and Elder members of our multicultural community.