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Discover the conservation science that happens every day at Powdermill! Hike to the Avian Research Center and create designs to protect birds from colliding with windows. Explore Powdermill Run, an exceptional-value stream, and build a model watershed. Learn easy ways to conserve water and recycle to make a big impact on the planet. Screen-print an endangered animal t-shirt as you learn about species of concern in a diverse range of habitats.

The last day to register for this camp is July 17, 2024.

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Explorers, you have a mission! A mysterious benefactor has given you a generous gift, and you must use it to build a new museum to inspire future generations. Design a character and team up with museum experts to deepen your understanding of how exhibitions are curated. Examine artifacts and work with your co-players on challenges that test your knowledge, creativity, and teamwork on this exciting adventure.

The last day to register for this camp is July 17, 2024.

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Explore the exhibition Widening the Lens: Photography, Ecology, and the Contemporary Landscape to find examples of photographs, installations, and collage that will inspire works of your own. Look to photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris’s body of work to help compose portraits of your classmates and head outdoors to take images of the natural world using a variety of methods including pinhole photography. Experiment with camera-less methods like cyanotype and reconfigure images from magazines, old photographs, and reproductions of works in our collection to create something new.

The last day to register for this camp is July 17, 2024.

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Calling all Eye Spy champions! Challenge your skills on a visual quest full of surprises. Search the museum for the smallest specimens on display, look for mystery minerals, and discover how our eyes play tricks on us. Learn how animals use their brains and eyes as predators and prey, and conduct experiments with colors. Create your own camouflage and test it out on an Eye Spy adventure.

The last day to register for this camp is July 17, 2024.

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Get an inside look at paleontology from the gigantic Diplodocus to the tiny Archaeopteryx. Cover land, sea, and sky while searching for unusual pterosaurs, ichthyosaurs, birds, and mammals. Peek into PaleoLab where museum scientists work on fossils every day. Go on a dinosaur dig. Make a mask of your favorite prehistoric beast, and move like a dinosaur in a special relay race.

The last day to register for this camp is July 17, 2024.

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Find inspiration in your own image and learn the basics of reconstructing the human face and figure. Move beyond the human form and exemplify the characteristics of animals or other subjects and find way to showcase their personality through color, texture, and style. Browse examples of portraiture in our galleries and use painting, sculpture, and photography to capture a subject’s likeness and explore abstract ways to create a portrait.

The last day to register for this camp is July 17, 2024.

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Piece together a prehistoric mystery as you explore the science of paleontology. Map and excavate a mock dig site, wrap your finds in plaster fossil jackets, and transport them to the classroom. Build hands-on fossil prep skills by reconstructing discoveries and analyzing bones. Stack up your finds against the specimens in the exhibition Dinosaurs in Their Time to discover what bone you’ve found, which dinosaur it came from, and how that part of the skeleton functioned.

The last day to register for this camp is July 17, 2024.

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Learn more about your favorite dinosaurs! Get an up-close look at real fossils in the exhibition Dinosaurs in Their Time. Find out where these big bones came from and learn all about prehistoric animals. Dig for replica bones like a real paleontologist, make fossil casts, and study authentic dinosaur specimens. Meet the creatures that roamed with the dinosaurs—early mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects.  

This half-day camp keeps pace with active 4- and 5-year-olds and includes a mid-session snack.

The last day to register for this camp is July 17, 2023.

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Post-Camp is for children ages 6+.

You must have a camp registration for the same week to enroll.

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Pre-Camp is for children ages 6+.

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Stretch those art muscles with games and challenges worthy of the Olympics. Challenge yourself with timed drawings and work in teams to design and execute artwork with your peers. We will create sports-themed artwork, move our bodies with gestures inspired by gymnastics and soccer, and transport ourselves to Paris, the location of the 2024 Summer Games.

The last day to register for this camp is July 24, 2024.

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Become a playwright, actor, and designer as you discover the ingredients of great performance. Work with your class to create a unique play concept, sets, costumes, and props all inspired by the art housed in our galleries. Immerse yourself in comedy and drama as you work towards the grand finale, a performance open to friends and family.

The last day to register for this camp is July 24, 2024.

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Become a playwright, actor, and designer as you discover the ingredients of great performance. Work with your class to create a unique play concept, sets, costumes, and props all inspired by the art housed in our galleries. Immerse yourself in comedy and drama as you work towards the grand finale, a performance open to friends and family.

The last day to register for this camp is July 24, 2024.

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Push, pull, squish, and play with clay into anything you can imagine—from a bowl you can use to sculpted figures of your pet or an imaginative creature of your own design. Become inspired by the organic forms of ceramic artist Beate Kuhn, mix mediums like found objects and plaster with multiple forms of clay, and construct figurative sculptures that stand, sit or dance suspended in motion. Kiln-fired projects will be fired and available for pick-up at the museum 3 to 4 weeks after camp.

The last day to register for this camp is July 24, 2024.

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Create interesting artworks using reclaimed and salvaged materials like the artists exhibited in Everlasting Plastics. Dream up architecture, weave with plastic bags, and assemble cardboard to construct artful objects that lessen the impact on our environment. Travel to nearby Phipps Conservatory to explore the splendor of their natural exhibitions and translate what you see into paintings and drawings.

The last day to register for this camp is July 24, 2024.

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Merge sound, light, and imagery to create dynamic film artworks. Experiment with nonnarrative forms of storytelling through abstracting techniques like long cuts, rapid editing, out-of-focus, and image altering. Explore the film’s progression by investigating celluloid through modern iPhone production and complete a short film of your own. Enjoy and discuss a curated work from the Film Series on Saturday, August 3, with your classmates and screen your works for the public. This program will occasionally meet outside of Carnegie Museum of Art’s campus.

The last day to register for this camp is July 24, 2024.

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A summer camp adventure 66 million years in the making! Piece together prehistoric evidence as you investigate how dinosaurs lived and why they died. Extract DNA from modern-day relatives of dinosaurs. Take a hike through the museum and nearby Schenley Park to compare today’s world to that of the dinosaurs. Build a full habitat, complete with life-size dinosaur murals, to transform your classroom into Jurassic Planet.

The last day to register for this camp is July 24, 2024.

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Conduct hands-on investigations of mud, rocks, minerals, and fossils. Enjoy edible experiments that demonstrate how rocks and minerals form. Take a hike to nearby Schenley Park to examine historic rock layers, and hunt for specimens to start your own collection. Study the fluorescent properties of different materials to inspire a glow-in-the-dark design. Use rocks to create your own musical instrument and discover the many ways geology rocks! 

The last day to register for this camp is July 24, 2024.

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POP! BAM! WOW! Explore the superpowers of real-world animals and plan your transformation into an amazing superhero. See how your web slinging compares to that of Peter Parker and your friendly neighborhood garden spider. Find out if any animals can leap tall buildings in a single bound. Create a superhero league with your new camp friends, and join a friendly competition to test your powers.

The last day to register for this camp is July 24, 2024.

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Skunks, spiders, and snakes – oh my! Let’s explore what makes misunderstood animals so important in their ecosystems. Separate fact from fiction and learn about the survival skills of amazing creatures of all sizes. Get an up-close look as you dissect a real squid using age-appropriate tools and techniques. Encounter animal ambassadors that call the museum home and taste a snack that they may enjoy. Work with your fellow campers to create an awareness campaign for your favorite misunderstood animal.

The last day to register for this camp is July 24, 2024.

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