The Caterpillar Lab

The Caterpillar Lab

is creating Educational Exhibits, Programs, Film, and Photography

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patrons
THANK YOU for being HERE!  The Caterpillar Lab is an amazing organization and our work continues BECAUSE OF YOUR PATRONAGE.  We owe our fans everything - YOU MAKE THIS CRAZY CATERPILLAR DREAM POSSIBLE!    

*Donations to The Caterpillar Lab through Patreon are TAX DEDUCTIBLE.  Save a copy of our "Thank You" page message and receipts of monthly payments for tax purposes.

The Caterpillar Lab is a completely unique endeavor in the world of environmental education. There is simply nothing else like us out there! We use native caterpillars as a resource to bring people into the world of local, backyard natural history. Our underlying goal is to spark curiosity and encourage exploration and discovery. We surprise people about their own natural heritage every day -- our audience will never look at their "old familiar places" the same way again.

At every opportunity, The Caterpillar Lab celebrates the intersection of art, science, education, and natural history study. We encourage growth within each of these areas, and especially across them. Our outreach involves exhibit production, educational programs, educational resources, video production, photography, dance choreography, and original and collaborative research. We are always looking for new ways to interact with caterpillars and broaden our audience!

All of our outreach events are over-the-top, jaw dropping, and inspirational. Our lab in Keene is open to the public and we enjoy every opportunity to invite visitors in for a behind-the-scenes experience. We reach tens of thousands of people directly and millions of people across the world through our thriving Facebook page.

We are a passionate organization, doing one-of-a-kind work that IS ONLY POSSIBLE with your help. Without your patronage, there could be no The Caterpillar Lab.

Mission Statement: The Caterpillar Lab fosters greater appreciation and care for the complexity and beauty of our local natural history through live caterpillar educational programs, research initiatives, and photography and film projects. We believe that an increased awareness of one’s local environment is the foundation on which healthy and responsible attitudes towards the broader natural systems of this world is built.
Tiers
Egg
$2 or more per month
  • Enjoy access to our patron-only posts and updates here on Patreon:  We will post regular updates about the lab, scheduled events, and upcoming projects that you will have exclusive access to as a Patreon supporter!


  • Meet your sponsored caterpillar!  Your support thank-you email will contain a Sam Jaffe original photograph of your sponsored New England native caterpillar!


  • Your support at this tier will help keep The Caterpillar Lab free and open to all online.  If enough of our Facebook and Youtube fans choose to support us here on Patreon then the good caterpillary stuff will keep on flowing out into the world for all to enjoy.  Give the gift of caterpillars!   
Caterpillar
$5 or more per month
  • Access to exclusive, high definition, TCL poster and photograph downloads:  We will post special edition The Caterpillar Lab posters, bumper stickers, digital trading cards, and photographs for free download and unlimited personal/educational use.  Lots of visual treats will be coming your way!


  • Year end "Caterpillar" level TCL patron gift shipped to you!  We will designate a winter month to producing and shipping out physical Thank You gifts to our Patreon supporters.  Caterpillar Lab swag will be delivered to qualifying patrons with a legacy of three months or more and will be unique for each tier of giving.


  • Your support at this tier will help keep The Caterpillar Lab free and open to all online and support more image, video and educational online material than ever!  Give the gift of caterpillars to the world! 


  • Plus all previous rewards
Pupa
$10 or more per month
  • Access to exclusive, high definition, full-length, TCL video Mp4 downloads and special features:  We will post special edition The Caterpillar Lab produced videos for free download and unlimited personal/educational use.  Expect as many as four TCL video downloads to be available each month.


  • Year end "Pupa" level TCL patron gift shipped to you!  We will designate a winter month to producing and shipping out physical Thank You gifts to our Patreon supporters.  Caterpillar Lab swag will be delivered to qualifying patrons with a legacy of three months or more and will be unique for each tier of giving.


  • Your support at this tier will help keep our online resources and our open hours at the lab free and available to general public.  Ten dollars a month can do A LOT for the caterpillars and our ability to be effective in our outreach.


  • Plus all previous rewards
Moth
$20 or more per month
  • Access to exclusive, high definition, Sam Jaffe Progression Series photographs and posters:  We will post a continuing series of Sam Jaffe's unique progression/metamorphosis series photographs and videos.  These images will act as the foundation of a future publication, but get them here and now by becoming a Patreon supporter!


  • Year end "Moth" level TCL patron gift shipped to you!  We will designate a winter month to producing and shipping out physical Thank You gifts to our Patreon supporters.  Caterpillar Lab swag will be delivered to qualifying patrons with a legacy of three months or more and will be unique for each tier of giving.


  • Your support at this tier will be far reaching, helping to keep our materials free for the general public, helping to maintain our free open hours, and helping to support our many otherwise-unfunded outreach events.  The caterpillars will notice your contributions!


  • Plus all previous rewards
Metamorphosis
$50 or more per month
  • Quarterly live, online hangouts with Director Sam Jaffe:  Join TCL Director Sam Jaffe and other TCL staff on a regularly scheduled quarterly online hangout.  Ask questions about the lab, chat with other supporters, and pick the brain of our very own native caterpillar and education experts!


  • Year end "Metamorphosis" level TCL patron gift shipped to you!  We will designate a winter month to producing and shipping out physical Thank You gifts to our Patreon supporters.  Caterpillar Lab swag will be delivered to qualifying patrons with a legacy of three months or more and will be unique for each tier of giving.


  • Your support at this tier will do so much!  Imagine a series of street level outreach programs that are only possible because of your specific patronage!  This kind of reliable support will bring our programs to farmers markets, libraries, and street corners.  What could be better than free access to caterpillary education online and in real life?  That is what you are providing for the world. 


  • Plus all previous rewards
Evolution
$100 or more per month
  • One-on-one conversation with TCL director Sam Jaffe:  Arrange a time to chat with TCL Director Sam Jaffe about The Caterpillar Lab's work, your reasons for offering support, or even just pick his brain about how to attract or rear more caterpillars successfully in your home and garden.


  • Name listed as major supporter on our website, facebook, and thank-you board.  We want to recognize and thank our supporters! We will check with you first, but have your name, a family members' name, or an associated organization listed on our website, Facebook page, and other materials as a champion of The Caterpillar Lab.


  • Year end "Evolution" level TCL patron gift shipped to you!  We will designate a winter month to producing and shipping out physical Thank You gifts to our Patreon supporters.  Caterpillar Lab swag will be delivered to qualifying patrons with a legacy of three months or more and will be unique for each tier of giving.


  • Your support at this tier will have a real effect on our sustainability year to year.  The programs, videos, and other outreach are a creative biologist/educator's dream, but they cannot happen without a facility to call home and a staff to feed the caterpillars.  At one hundred dollars a month you are helping to build the foundations of the lab to keep it going for years to come. 


  • Plus all previous rewards
The Caterpillar Lab Champion
$1,000 or more per month
  • In person meeting with Sam Jaffe (New England region only) to discuss TCL:  Talk in depth with Director Sam Jaffe about The Caterpillar Lab and share with us what aspects of our work are most important to you.  Discuss sponsoring events or becoming a public underwriter of TCL.   More interested in playing with caterpillars? Use your time with Sam to go on a guided nature walk, find out what caterpillars are present on your property, or get a one-on-one tour of The Caterpillar Lab facility.


  • Name listed as major supporter on our website, facebook, and thank-you board.  We want to recognize and thank our supporters! We will check with you first, but have your name, a family members' name, or an associated organization listed on our website, Facebook page, and other materials as a champion of The Caterpillar Lab.


  • Year end "Champion" level TCL patron gift shipped to you!  We will designate a winter month to producing and shipping out physical Thank You gifts to our Patreon supporters.  Caterpillar Lab swag will be delivered to qualifying patrons with a legacy of three months or more and will be unique for each tier of giving.


  • Your support will MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE.  We are a small organization and giving at this level is a game changer for our output, our ability to perform free programs for underserved audiences, our sustainability year to year, and our plans for growth and expansion.  One person, giving at this tier, will have a measurable impact on The Caterpillar Lab's success and mission.  


  • Plus all previous rewards
Lord or Lady of The Caterpillar Lab
$2,000 or more per month
  • In person meeting with Sam Jaffe (New England region only) to discuss TCL:  Talk in depth with Director Sam Jaffe about The Caterpillar Lab and share with us what aspects of our work are most important to you.  Discuss sponsoring events or becoming a public underwriter of TCL.   More interested in playing with caterpillars? Use your time with Sam to go on a guided nature walk, find out what caterpillars are present on your property, or get a one-on-one tour of The Caterpillar Lab facility.


  • Name listed as major supporter on our website, facebook, and thank-you board.  We want to recognize and thank our supporters! We will check with you first, but have your name, a family members' name, or an associated organization listed on our website, Facebook page, and other materials as a champion of The Caterpillar Lab.


  • Year end "Lord or Lady" level TCL patron gift shipped to you!  We will designate a winter month to producing and shipping out physical Thank You gifts to our Patreon supporters.  Caterpillar Lab swag will be delivered to qualifying patrons with a legacy of three months or more and will be unique for each tier of giving.


  • Your support will MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE.  We are a small organization and giving at this level is a game changer for our output, our ability to perform free programs for underserved audiences, our sustainability year to year, and our plans for growth and expansion.  One person, giving at this tier, will have a measurable impact on The Caterpillar Lab's success and mission.  You will also be a Lord or Lady of the Caterpillars... which is kind of cool.


  • Plus all previous rewards
Goals
71 of 100 patrons
For every 100 patrons we gain we will release a new 10% off code for the TCL online shop.  Codes good for one-time, non- cumulative use. 
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THANK YOU for being HERE!  The Caterpillar Lab is an amazing organization and our work continues BECAUSE OF YOUR PATRONAGE.  We owe our fans everything - YOU MAKE THIS CRAZY CATERPILLAR DREAM POSSIBLE!    

*Donations to The Caterpillar Lab through Patreon are TAX DEDUCTIBLE.  Save a copy of our "Thank You" page message and receipts of monthly payments for tax purposes.

The Caterpillar Lab is a completely unique endeavor in the world of environmental education. There is simply nothing else like us out there! We use native caterpillars as a resource to bring people into the world of local, backyard natural history. Our underlying goal is to spark curiosity and encourage exploration and discovery. We surprise people about their own natural heritage every day -- our audience will never look at their "old familiar places" the same way again.

At every opportunity, The Caterpillar Lab celebrates the intersection of art, science, education, and natural history study. We encourage growth within each of these areas, and especially across them. Our outreach involves exhibit production, educational programs, educational resources, video production, photography, dance choreography, and original and collaborative research. We are always looking for new ways to interact with caterpillars and broaden our audience!

All of our outreach events are over-the-top, jaw dropping, and inspirational. Our lab in Keene is open to the public and we enjoy every opportunity to invite visitors in for a behind-the-scenes experience. We reach tens of thousands of people directly and millions of people across the world through our thriving Facebook page.

We are a passionate organization, doing one-of-a-kind work that IS ONLY POSSIBLE with your help. Without your patronage, there could be no The Caterpillar Lab.

Mission Statement: The Caterpillar Lab fosters greater appreciation and care for the complexity and beauty of our local natural history through live caterpillar educational programs, research initiatives, and photography and film projects. We believe that an increased awareness of one’s local environment is the foundation on which healthy and responsible attitudes towards the broader natural systems of this world is built.

Recent posts by The Caterpillar Lab

Tiers
Egg
$2 or more per month
  • Enjoy access to our patron-only posts and updates here on Patreon:  We will post regular updates about the lab, scheduled events, and upcoming projects that you will have exclusive access to as a Patreon supporter!


  • Meet your sponsored caterpillar!  Your support thank-you email will contain a Sam Jaffe original photograph of your sponsored New England native caterpillar!


  • Your support at this tier will help keep The Caterpillar Lab free and open to all online.  If enough of our Facebook and Youtube fans choose to support us here on Patreon then the good caterpillary stuff will keep on flowing out into the world for all to enjoy.  Give the gift of caterpillars!   
Caterpillar
$5 or more per month
  • Access to exclusive, high definition, TCL poster and photograph downloads:  We will post special edition The Caterpillar Lab posters, bumper stickers, digital trading cards, and photographs for free download and unlimited personal/educational use.  Lots of visual treats will be coming your way!


  • Year end "Caterpillar" level TCL patron gift shipped to you!  We will designate a winter month to producing and shipping out physical Thank You gifts to our Patreon supporters.  Caterpillar Lab swag will be delivered to qualifying patrons with a legacy of three months or more and will be unique for each tier of giving.


  • Your support at this tier will help keep The Caterpillar Lab free and open to all online and support more image, video and educational online material than ever!  Give the gift of caterpillars to the world! 


  • Plus all previous rewards
Pupa
$10 or more per month
  • Access to exclusive, high definition, full-length, TCL video Mp4 downloads and special features:  We will post special edition The Caterpillar Lab produced videos for free download and unlimited personal/educational use.  Expect as many as four TCL video downloads to be available each month.


  • Year end "Pupa" level TCL patron gift shipped to you!  We will designate a winter month to producing and shipping out physical Thank You gifts to our Patreon supporters.  Caterpillar Lab swag will be delivered to qualifying patrons with a legacy of three months or more and will be unique for each tier of giving.


  • Your support at this tier will help keep our online resources and our open hours at the lab free and available to general public.  Ten dollars a month can do A LOT for the caterpillars and our ability to be effective in our outreach.


  • Plus all previous rewards
Moth
$20 or more per month
  • Access to exclusive, high definition, Sam Jaffe Progression Series photographs and posters:  We will post a continuing series of Sam Jaffe's unique progression/metamorphosis series photographs and videos.  These images will act as the foundation of a future publication, but get them here and now by becoming a Patreon supporter!


  • Year end "Moth" level TCL patron gift shipped to you!  We will designate a winter month to producing and shipping out physical Thank You gifts to our Patreon supporters.  Caterpillar Lab swag will be delivered to qualifying patrons with a legacy of three months or more and will be unique for each tier of giving.


  • Your support at this tier will be far reaching, helping to keep our materials free for the general public, helping to maintain our free open hours, and helping to support our many otherwise-unfunded outreach events.  The caterpillars will notice your contributions!


  • Plus all previous rewards
Metamorphosis
$50 or more per month
  • Quarterly live, online hangouts with Director Sam Jaffe:  Join TCL Director Sam Jaffe and other TCL staff on a regularly scheduled quarterly online hangout.  Ask questions about the lab, chat with other supporters, and pick the brain of our very own native caterpillar and education experts!


  • Year end "Metamorphosis" level TCL patron gift shipped to you!  We will designate a winter month to producing and shipping out physical Thank You gifts to our Patreon supporters.  Caterpillar Lab swag will be delivered to qualifying patrons with a legacy of three months or more and will be unique for each tier of giving.


  • Your support at this tier will do so much!  Imagine a series of street level outreach programs that are only possible because of your specific patronage!  This kind of reliable support will bring our programs to farmers markets, libraries, and street corners.  What could be better than free access to caterpillary education online and in real life?  That is what you are providing for the world. 


  • Plus all previous rewards
Evolution
$100 or more per month
  • One-on-one conversation with TCL director Sam Jaffe:  Arrange a time to chat with TCL Director Sam Jaffe about The Caterpillar Lab's work, your reasons for offering support, or even just pick his brain about how to attract or rear more caterpillars successfully in your home and garden.


  • Name listed as major supporter on our website, facebook, and thank-you board.  We want to recognize and thank our supporters! We will check with you first, but have your name, a family members' name, or an associated organization listed on our website, Facebook page, and other materials as a champion of The Caterpillar Lab.


  • Year end "Evolution" level TCL patron gift shipped to you!  We will designate a winter month to producing and shipping out physical Thank You gifts to our Patreon supporters.  Caterpillar Lab swag will be delivered to qualifying patrons with a legacy of three months or more and will be unique for each tier of giving.


  • Your support at this tier will have a real effect on our sustainability year to year.  The programs, videos, and other outreach are a creative biologist/educator's dream, but they cannot happen without a facility to call home and a staff to feed the caterpillars.  At one hundred dollars a month you are helping to build the foundations of the lab to keep it going for years to come. 


  • Plus all previous rewards
The Caterpillar Lab Champion
$1,000 or more per month
  • In person meeting with Sam Jaffe (New England region only) to discuss TCL:  Talk in depth with Director Sam Jaffe about The Caterpillar Lab and share with us what aspects of our work are most important to you.  Discuss sponsoring events or becoming a public underwriter of TCL.   More interested in playing with caterpillars? Use your time with Sam to go on a guided nature walk, find out what caterpillars are present on your property, or get a one-on-one tour of The Caterpillar Lab facility.


  • Name listed as major supporter on our website, facebook, and thank-you board.  We want to recognize and thank our supporters! We will check with you first, but have your name, a family members' name, or an associated organization listed on our website, Facebook page, and other materials as a champion of The Caterpillar Lab.


  • Year end "Champion" level TCL patron gift shipped to you!  We will designate a winter month to producing and shipping out physical Thank You gifts to our Patreon supporters.  Caterpillar Lab swag will be delivered to qualifying patrons with a legacy of three months or more and will be unique for each tier of giving.


  • Your support will MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE.  We are a small organization and giving at this level is a game changer for our output, our ability to perform free programs for underserved audiences, our sustainability year to year, and our plans for growth and expansion.  One person, giving at this tier, will have a measurable impact on The Caterpillar Lab's success and mission.  


  • Plus all previous rewards
Lord or Lady of The Caterpillar Lab
$2,000 or more per month
  • In person meeting with Sam Jaffe (New England region only) to discuss TCL:  Talk in depth with Director Sam Jaffe about The Caterpillar Lab and share with us what aspects of our work are most important to you.  Discuss sponsoring events or becoming a public underwriter of TCL.   More interested in playing with caterpillars? Use your time with Sam to go on a guided nature walk, find out what caterpillars are present on your property, or get a one-on-one tour of The Caterpillar Lab facility.


  • Name listed as major supporter on our website, facebook, and thank-you board.  We want to recognize and thank our supporters! We will check with you first, but have your name, a family members' name, or an associated organization listed on our website, Facebook page, and other materials as a champion of The Caterpillar Lab.


  • Year end "Lord or Lady" level TCL patron gift shipped to you!  We will designate a winter month to producing and shipping out physical Thank You gifts to our Patreon supporters.  Caterpillar Lab swag will be delivered to qualifying patrons with a legacy of three months or more and will be unique for each tier of giving.


  • Your support will MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE.  We are a small organization and giving at this level is a game changer for our output, our ability to perform free programs for underserved audiences, our sustainability year to year, and our plans for growth and expansion.  One person, giving at this tier, will have a measurable impact on The Caterpillar Lab's success and mission.  You will also be a Lord or Lady of the Caterpillars... which is kind of cool.


  • Plus all previous rewards