Visit » Calendar » The Caterpillar Lab

Boy and girl look at a large caterpillar in the palm of someone's hand
Tuesday, July 18 – Saturday, July 22, 10am to 4pm; Friday until 7pm —Drop in
Discovery Classroom
Free with admission

It’s Caterpillar Week at The Discovery Museums! Join us as The Caterpillar Lab takes over our Discovery Classroom, and turns it into a mini version of their own lab space, located in Keene, NH. This program will feature a huge variety of New England caterpillar species and there will be plenty to see and touch! Educators from The Caterpillar Lab will teach you all about metamorphosis and tell incredible but true stories about the creatures' strange and surprising adaptations. Some caterpillars may be camouflaged to look like twigs or snakes. Some may have stinging spines or brightly colored baubles. Check out some little-known native critters munching on their food plants right in front of you. You're sure to see something new! Learn more about The Caterpillar Lab at


Hour with an Expert

Thursday, July 20, 1:00pm Museum Grounds– Pre-registration required here. Space is limited.

Join us for a special “hour with an expert” with educators from The Caterpillar Lab. This hour long program is designed to allow caterpillar enthusiasts to get an even more in-depth look at these fascinating critters. We’ll be heading out for a walk on the conservation land adjacent to Discovery Woods, and learning about some telltale signs that will help you spot caterpillars on the trails and in your own backyard. Free with admission. Please check in at either admission desk prior to the program. This program is recommended for ages 7 and up, but enthusiastic naturalists of all ages are welcome. Please note that these trails are not ADA or stroller accessible; please wear appropriate footwear and clothing. This program is weather and conditions dependent.