New Wooster United Titanium Bug Zoo Ribbon-Cutting, August 2021

Hands-On Entomology Outreach Facilities

The Entomology Department curates collections of live arthropods for outreach actvitites. Maintaining a collection of live animals presented in a non-threatening allows people of all ages to explore the wonders of insects in a safe environment.

The mission of the Bug Zoo is to promote awareness, dispel the myths and ignite curiosity in the unseen world of Arthropods, striving to entice budding young entomologists into the exciting field of Entomology. 

United Titanium Bug Zoo 

The United Titanium Bug Zoo (UTBZ), curated by Jeni Filbrun, is now open on the CFAES Wooster Campus in the Wooster Science Building, next to Fisher Auditorium. The UTBZ is a truely unique and engaging experience in the new location on the heart of the CFAES Wooster campus.Wooster Science Building

Explore the UTBZ collection:
  • Classrooms, small groups, and families are welcome!  
  • Take a self-guided tour Monday through Friday, 10am-5pm
  • Physical address: 1600 Wilson Rd, Wooster OH, 44691; ample free parking on site.
  • Schedule a visit by filling out the Bug Zoo visitor form. 


Columbus Bug Zoo & INSECTARY

The Columbus Bug Zoo and Museum of Biological Diversity Insectary merged into one live arthropod collection devoted to education and outreach, under the direction of Jeni Ruisch. Entomology is also creating a unique outreach experience: the Mobile Bug Zoo, coming soon in 2022.


Pollinator Education Programs

Program Director of Pollinator Education, Denise Ellsworth, provides numerous education and outreach programs on topics related to honey bees, wild bees and other pollinators

A Bug’s World

This day-long event coordinated by Ellsworth provides entomology instruction and activities on the OSU CFAES Wooster Campus to 2nd and 3rd grade classes. Contact Denise Ellsworth for more information. 


EGSA Virtual Outreach

The Entomology Graduate Student Association (EGSA

EGSA hosts outreach programs and displays for youth or adult programs. Contact Grace Sward or visit the EGSA website for more information.

Insect Night

This free, public event organized by EGSA and Entomology staff is held at the OSU CFAES Wooster Campus during the summer. 


4-H Entomology Project Books

Three insect-related project guides offer activities, weblinks and videos for young entomologists.

4-H Insect Adventures


OSU Museum of Biological Diversity Open HouseOSU Outreach Butterfly

Free event on the Columbus campus that attracts thousands of visitors. The Museum of Biological Diversity opens to the general public for a day of biodiversity exploration and discovery. During the event you can get a behind-the-scenes view of our world-class collections (insects, mites, plants, fishes, molluscs, birds, mammals, and animal sounds), plus meet the faculty, staff, and students who study the flora and fauna of Ohio and the world. You can also engage in a number of hands-on activities, including our Arthropod Petting Zoo, Seedling Planting, Bugs-in-Goo, the Bug Drawing Station, and more.