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Become a Bug Detective and earn your Buggy Private Investigator certificate!

This interactive training session will introduce beginning officers to the small creatures in their own neighbourhoods and beyond. Use real bug specimens to investigate similarities and differences, structure and habits, and characteristics and adaptations of the small crawling and flying creatures all around us. Join the Buggy P.I. Team today!


  • Theme: Bugsy P.I.’s Criminal Study of Insects
  • Activities: Become a member of the CSI (Criminal Study of Insects), examine preserved samples of bugs, experiment with different mouth types, study how camouflage helps bugs stay safe, learn about the food chain, decorate a wooden insect box, problem solve to crack the case!
  • Take-Home: Wooden insect box.

The activities were informative and closely tied to the grade 2 Science learning outcomes. The students loved the CSI theme and were highly engaged in the station tasks. I have a diverse group of students and all were able to be involved in the learning. The Presenter was exceptional and had a great rapport with the students.

K.E., Grade 2 TeacherGold Bar School

The centres were well prepared with a lot of hands-on activities. The visuals were also helpful especially for the grade 2 class that I have that is majorly ELL learners.

Grade 2 TeacherSt. Wilfrid School

Not only was this field trip informative but very entertaining. It kept the students engaged throughout the whole time.

J.W.Sweet Grass School

The organization is excellent, presenters are always enthusiastic and knowledgeable and everything is presented in a kid-friendly manner.

J.J., Grade 2 TeacherMinchau School

Knowledge & Understanding

  • Recognize that there are many different kinds of small crawling and flying animals, and identify a range of examples that are found locally.
  • Compare and contrast small animals that are found in the local environment. These animals should include at least three invertebrates.
  • Recognize that small animals, like humans, have homes where they meet their basic needs of air, food, water and shelter.
  • Identify each animal’s role within the food chain. To meet this expectation, students should be able to identify the animals as plant eaters, animal eaters or decomposers and identify other animals that may use them as a food source.
  • Identify ways in which animals are considered helpful or harmful to humans and to the environment.