Educational Programs

Throughout the exhibit we will offer self-guided tours, guided tours, age appropriate classes and an Incredible Insects Festival. These programs are the perfect backdrop to teach students why these “crawlies” aren’t so creepy after all! Students will learn about insect anatomy, life cycles, adaptations, local habitats, beneficial bugs and more.

Here are a few:

September 18 – December 31. Big Bugs at the Garden

Saturdays, September 23-November 11. Big Bugs Creature Features. Discover interesting traits and fun facts about the real arthropods behind David Rogers’ Big Bugs at the Garden. Get an up-close and personal perspective on a different featured creature each week at our Bug Bytes information station in the Visitors Center, then head outside to see the specimens in grand proportion!

October 2-6 and 9-13. Incredible Insects: featuring David Rogers’ Big Bugs.- Explore the Garden as you go on this Big Bug hunt, where your students will discover why these crawlies are not so creepy after all! Buzz and flutter your way through educational crafts and activities designed to meet science standards. Stay afterwards and picnic with the ants!

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October 9-13. Big Bugs Fall Break Camp. 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Ages 5-8. Bring them to play and explore alongside the gargantuan creatures that have invaded the Garden as part of David Rogers’ Big Bugs exhibit. Trained instructors will lead hands-on outdoor activities in a safe, friendly environment.

This semester's theme for Caterpillar Club kids will learn about creatures that live and play in My "Bug" Backyard.
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Our Home-School Days will center on bugs and insects as well. For more information, visit

Big Bugs Brown Bags

September 27.  Brown Bag: Gardening for Butterflies and Other Pollinators.  Join Carson Ellis, Manager of the Botanic Garden’s Butterfly Garden to learn about creating a thriving habitat for insect pollinators. This program will focus on the importance of supporting pollinators (like butterflies, moths, bees, beetles, and even flies!), identification and natural history of some of our common garden "guests", and design and maintenance for a successful pollinator habitat.

October 11. Brown Bag: An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles. Beetles (ladybirds, click beetles, fireflies, ground beetles, and weevils to name a few) comprise the most diverse group of animals on Earth. Dr. Duane McKenna from the University of Memphis Department of Biological Sciences will present a lecture on beetles, including information about their diversity, their roles in Earth's ecosystems, and his research to unravel their family tree and remarkable habits, including their apparent success in feeding on plants.

October 23. Bugs for Food and Forensics. Sure, everybody knows that insects like bees and butterflies pollinate flowers, but did you know that they are a nutritious source of protein and that people EAT them as a normal part of their diet? And did you know that insects can help detectives solve murder mysteries? Bring a sack lunch or get a box lunch from Fratelli’s and Join Dr. Stan Eisen, Biology Professor at Christian Brothers University for this presentation to learn more about these unconventional uses for insects.

November 8. Brown Bag: Bugs that Attack….Other Bugs!  Not all insects in the garden are pests. Did you know that one ladybug can eat up to 5,000 aphids in a year? In this presentation, local gardening expert Tonya Ashworth will sort out the beneficials from the baddies.  We will also explore ways to make our gardens a more welcoming place for beneficial insects to come over for lunch. 

Brown Bags are from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Bring a sack lunch or get a box lunch from Fratelli’s. Registration not necessary. Call 901-636-4100 for more information. Free with garden admission.






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Central Daylight Time Hours:
9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Central Standard Time (Winter) Hours:
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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Adults $10.00
Seniors (62 & over) $8.00
Children (2-12) $5.00
Children (under 2) FREE
Members FREE
* Handicapped Accessible

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750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN 38117
(Between Park & Southern)

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