The first LepCamp took place in August 2016. Organized and staffed by employees and volunteers of the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, the goal of the camp was to introduce middle school students to the art and science of making scientific collections of insects.
Campers went on daily collecting trips in a variety of habitats in the Natural Area Teaching Laboratory (NATL) located behind the Florida Museum of Natural History. Guided by the staff, they learned how to prepare and identify the insects they collected.
During the week-long camp, students discovered that hiking in the woods, looking for bugs, and visiting a variety of Lepidoptera research and exhibit facilities of the Museum is not only educational but also a lot of fun.