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Spineless Wonders: Session 1


Harvard Museum of Natural History and Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

Praying Mantis

Virtual Summer Science Week: Explore the amazing world of insects, spiders, crabs, and other invertebrates!

Registration required

  • Sign-up is ongoing


Fees: $58 members/$65 nonmembers


The program serves people at their homes or wherever it is needed or online.

  • Only virtual (online or over the phone).

Dates and Times

.: Mon, June 22 2020 – Fri, June 26 2020.

Monday through Friday.


Grades 1–2 meet at 9:30 am

Grades 3–4 meet at 10:30 am

Additional information

During the live Zoom sessions, see a tarantula up close, help find millipedes, and listen to the hiss of a giant cockroach. Complete your own investigations at home as you learn how to collect and study creepy crawlies. A small packet of special collecting materials will be sent to your home to help with your discoveries.


Additional supplies needed: An empty clear plastic jar with a lid and holes for insect collecting (for example, a cleaned peanut butter or mayonnaise jar); a blank notebook of any kind; an empty soda or sports drink bottle; scissors; tape; glue; writing, drawing, and coloring utensils; recycled household craft supplies (egg cartons, pipe cleaners, aluminum foil, etc.); a flashlight; a large plastic cup; and a smartphone or tablet.


Email for more information or for assistance with registration.

Praying Mantis

.: Mon, June 22 2020 – Fri, June 26 2020.

Monday through Friday.

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Last updated July 15, 2022.