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Insect Investigations

Grades K-3 | Explore the wonder of butterfly metamorphosis. Learn how insects communicate and meet the live critters that make their home in the RMSC Carlson Inquiry Room.

  • Museum & Science Center
  • Inquiry Room Investigation, Virtual Experiences
  • Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade
  • Life Science

Inquiry Room Investigation 

Explore the incredible world of insects and the important roles they play in the ecosystem. Discover the wonder of butterfly metamorphosis, learn how insects communicate, and meet the live insects that make their home in the RMSC Carlson Inquiry Room.

In-person capacity may be limited in compliance with public health guidelines in effect on the day of your visit.

Explore our virtual insects program

NYS Standards:
  • P-LS1-1 Observe familiar plants and animals (including humans) and describe what they need to survive.
  • P-LS1-2 Plan and conduct an investigation to determine how familiar plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive in the environment.
  • K-LS1-1 Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive
  • K-ESS3-1 Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals (including humans) and the places they live.
  • K-ESS3-3 Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on living organisms and nonliving things in the local environment.
  • 1-LS1-1 Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.
  • 2-LSe-2 Develop a simple model that illustrates how plants and animals depend on each other for survival.
  • 2-LS4-1 Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
  • 3-LS1-1 Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.
  • 3-LS3-2 Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment.

How To Book

  • Call: 585.697.1942

  • Reservation Lead Time: At least 3 weeks

Need More Information?

  • Contact: Guest Services
  • Phone: 585.697.1942


When Is It?

  • Days Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Start Date: 03/01/2022
  • End Date: 06/22/2023
  • Program Length: 50 min.
  • Earliest Start Time: 10am

Who Should Attend?

  • Grades: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade
  • Minimum Attendance: 8
  • Maximum Attendance: 25

How Much Does It Cost?

  • $10 per person; PLUS: $5 Additional per person charge; 1 free adult with every 5 students; RMSC Member Adults free

    In-Person Lunch Fee: $30 per classroom needed, students required to bring bag lunch or pre-purchase café lunches at $7/person
  • Minimum Student Charge: 15 students