For the Schools

The Department of Entomology at the University of Arkansas provides teachers and students with limited access to living and preserved insects and other educational resources. The three most common venues are the annual Insect Festival, school visits by graduate students, and visits to the Arthropod Museum on the Fayetteville campus.

• The Insect Festival

We highly recommend the annual Insect Festival held in the Spring or Fall, usually in Fayetteville. It provides exposure to living and preserved insects, spiders, and other arachnids, as well as games, information booths, and films. For more information, contact

• School Visits

The graduate students involved in outreach visit schools and other venues in Northwest Arkansas, showing cases of preserved insects, giving brief presentations, and answering questions. For more information contact the Outreach Coordinator at

• Arthropod Museum Tours

The Arthropod Museum houses the largest insect collection in Arkansas. It is primarily used for research, reference, and college-level teaching, but we welcome limited numbers of visitors. Preferred group size is 10 or fewer. Occasional groups of up to 25 can be accommodated if classroom space is available. Visits must be arranged in advance. For more information contact

Insect Festival 2016

October 18

Pauline Whittaker Animal Science Center

Fayetteville, Arkansas

At the most recent Festival, Museum and Department personnel provided rich educational materials in the form of museum display cases featuring innovative and freshly interpreted life history exhibits of Arkansas butterflies, spiders, beetles, and other arthropods. The Museum also provided access to extensive living materials, including a bumble bee colony, freshwater arthropods, and insects that live on the forest floor. View pictures from past festivals at

Insect Festival – Fayetteville

April 17, Pauline Whittaker Animal Science Center, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Insect Festival – Little Rock

March 6, Dodge Hall of Industry – State Fairgrounds, Little Rock, Arkansas