Travelbugs Mobile Mini-beasts: What's Alive?



What determines life? What do living things share in common with each other? What do they need to survive? What happens when they die?

In this workshop, we look at the structure and function of living things and ways in which living things interact with other living things and their environment. Children will learn how to recognises and classify various mini-beasts by observing differing body parts and designs. This workshop also looks at different habitats and how they support life as well as the safety required when living alongside some dangerous or hazardous mini-beasts. 

Students are given an exciting hands-on experience with a variety of live harmless creatures, preserved specimens and biofacts. At every workshop, we  exhibit a wide variety of live invertebrate mini-beasts including various large and colourful species of stick insects, giant burrowing cockroaches, preying mantis, millipedes, centipedes, crickets, mealworms, scorpions, spiders, beetles and more and allow supervised handling of harmless mini-beasts and over 200 preserved biofacts including embedded and dried insects, shells, starfish, corals, sponges, sea urchin, eggs, egg cases, skins, wings, cocoons etc.

Jacqui Love, the presenter, has over 20 years experience in this field, including 10 years as a keeper at Taronga Zoo. This program was the recipient of the Frater Award for Excellence within the NSW DET Performances for Schools Program in 2004 and 2006.

Each session includes a 1 hour interactive demonstration + 20min Hands-on Discovery session per class. Formats are flexible however.

This organisation won the PinS Award in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 & 2017


Cost per person: 


Min cost/audience:

Min $500 / 50 students for Sydney Metro Area

School years suitable: 

K - 12


Travelbugs Mobile Mini-beasts


Jacqui Love


(02) 4787 6362