Since 2003, Bugs Ed. has provided a range of hands-on entomology based workshops for people of all ages, in order to encourage and expand their interest in insects and other minibeasts.



WHAT IS BUGS ED?


Our school workshops have been carefully developed to compliment various teaching units under the Australian Curriculum in Science: Biological Sciences Strand and provide a fun, interactive experience for students.

The beauty of Bugs Ed. is that we come to your school, allowing students to learn without distractions in their own classroom and also eliminating the expensive bus fares and mountains of paperwork associated with excursions. Not in South East Queensland? No problems! Our new online workshops bring the bugs to you, no matter where you are in Australia.

Bugs Ed. workshops are suitable for child care and early learning centres, kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, vacation care groups, science clubs, nature groups and scout & girl guide gatherings. We also offer talks, displays and workshops for nursing homes, clubs and societies, environmental groups such as Land Care Australia, environmental education centres and more.

Our presentations include amazing displays of preserved insects, spiders and scorpions from around the world and live Australian insects (some of which can be handled)! Our talks are presented by an enthusiastic team of bug-crazed, tertiary-qualified entomologists who can handle even the curliest creepy-crawly questions.

Our workshops have been received with much enthusiasm, and over the last seventeen years we have taught over 108,000 students across more than 440 different schools, covering a range of insect topics such as morphology, diversity, life cycles, ecology and threatened species.

Bugs Ed. was established in 2003 in conjunction with the Mount Glorious Biological Centre. Due to its enormous popularity, Bugs Ed. has expanded and moved to its own premises at The Gap.

Find out more about Bugs Ed Director Michelle Gleeson.

WHERE DO WE VISIT?


Bugs Ed. is based in Brisbane and conducts interactive insect workshops all over South East Queensland. We travel to Brisbane, The Sunshine and Gold Coasts, Toowoomba, Ipswich and all of their surrounding suburbs. Contact us to secure your booking.


On the other side of Australia? In a remote location? We have recently launched a range of online workshops so that no one misses out on this fabulous experience!


MEET THE TEAM

Michelle Gleeson

Michelle Gleeson (a.k.a. The Bug Lady)
Director of Bugs Ed., author and presenter


Hi, my name is Michelle Gleeson, formerly Larsen (a.k.a. the Bug Lady) and I am the director, co-founder and presenter for Bugs Ed. I was captivated by insects from an early age, and a brief frisking by my parents would usually turn up an array of critters in my pockets (some live, some dead, some very squashed). I was around eight when I decided to become an entomologist when I was older, and this passion continued all throughout school, eventually leading me to university.

Megan Betramelli

Megan Beltramelli
Bugs Ed. Presenter and Major Bug Geek


Hi there! My name is Megan Beltramelli. Like most young children, I had a fascination with all things small and alive, including insects. This love manifested itself into lots of visits to the zoo, a myriad of photographs of insects and animals, and asking to watch a heap of nature documentaries instead of movies. I never really saw this as anything remarkable, and definitely didn’t think it would become a career and passion when I was “grown up”.

Patrick Green

Patrick Green
Bugs Ed. Presenter and Insect Aficionado


Hello there. My name is Patrick and I have always had a strong fascination and love of animals. Especially the small “creepy crawlies” of the world. As a child, my favourite thing to do when outside was flipping random rocks and logs as I never knew what I would find. This passion led me on to do a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Marine Studies with Honours in Zoology at the University of Queensland.

Dr Lani Heslin

Dr. Leeane “Lani” Heslin
Entomological consultant


Hi, my name is Dr Leeane Heslin, although most people call me Lani. Like most Entomologists, I was fascinated with insects as a child and spent hours observing and handling insects in my garden. My interest in biology developed throughout school and I was further inspired to study biology by my high school biology teacher.

Dr Kathy Ebert

Dr Kathy Ebert
Entomological consultant


Hi, my name is Kathy Ebert and I really enjoy working with Bugs Ed because it involves a winning combination of amazing insects and enthusiastic children!