Outreach & Education

Outreach and Education

The Fernald Club is available to conduct insect outreach events at UMass Amherst and elswhere in the western Massachusetts community, including at schools, colleges, libraries, environmental centers, and more.

Some of our past events include:

  • Tours of the UMass live insect collection with elementary and middle school students

  • Earth Day campus event with insect specimens, live insect handling, and a pet hissing cockroach giveaway

  • Remote (Zoom) presentation on insects for elementary school students during the Covid-19 pandemic

  • Semi-annual Fall Hibernation/Diapause Party on the UMass campus, with live insect handling, edible insects, and other insect-related fun

Contact us at fernaldclubumass@gmail.com if you are interested in us conducting an insect outreach event at your location.

Pollinator Hotels

The Fernald Club was awarded $3000 from the University of Massachusetts Sustainability Fund to build "Pollinator Hotels," or structures in which wild bee pollinators can nest, on the UMass Amherst campus.

Check out our Pollinator Hotels, built with the cooperation of UMass Auxiliary Services, in the Franklin and Berkshire Permaculture Gardens.