Venetucci School Programs

Good Bugs, Bad Bugs

The Good, the Bad, and the Buggy

The gardens and fields at Venetucci Farm host a variety of small, wild creatures — some we encourage and some we discourage. In the end, we seek a balance between the helpful and the harmful.

Join us for a hands-on exploration of the insect world that lives on our farm. Students will catch, identify, and learn the life of a  farmer’s pests and friends.

Key Concepts for Students

Grades K-2

  • Arthropods have certain characteristics
  • There are 5 groups of arthropods
  • Some arthropods help farmers and some are harmful
  • At Venetucci we manage bugs without chemicals

Grades 3-5

  • What is the “pesticide treadmill” and how does it affect our farming practices
  • Common orders of insects
  • Intro to Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Colorado Science Standards

Each class at Venetucci Farm is tailored to the needs and interests of groups from preschool to college. We will work with each individual teacher to find out what their class needs are and to emphasize the appropriate grade level science benchmarks.

Teacher Resources

Beneficial Insects 101: This site has lot of interesting information about tackling the world of insects in the garden.


Journey North’s Monarch Tracking Project: An incredible project that can involve classrooms in tracking the amazing migration of Monarch Butterflies. These butterflies stop  for a rest at Venetucci Farm.


How to Attract Butterflies to Your Garden: This is not only a fun place to learn about all types of arthropods. They also have information on creating your own butterfly garden.


Building a Toad House: If you are lucky enough to have toads visit your garden, why not create a simple toad home? They’re great natural insect control.

Registration & Key Info

Classes Begin September 5, 2017
To register please contact David Rudin, Education Coordinator

  • 15 student minimum per class
  • All classes are outdoors, please plan accordingly
  • Teachers and chaperones are invited free of charge
  • Cost is $5 per student