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From Middle-Earth to the Wizarding World, explore famous fantasy realms and make connections to their real-life inspirations. Examine the plant species of Uriel, Orien, and Camazotz. Uncover the creatures that call the Sea of Monsters home, and investigate the anatomy of a centaur. Meet real scientists and learn how they classify unbelievable species. Create your own fantasy realm and design the field guide to its magical plants, animals, and insects just like Newt Scamander’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Last day to register: June 2, 2021.

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From Middle-Earth to the Wizarding World, explore famous fantasy realms and make connections to their real-life inspirations. Examine the plant species of Uriel, Orien, and Camazotz. Uncover the creatures that call the Sea of Monsters home, and investigate the anatomy of a centaur. Meet real scientists and learn how they classify unbelievable species. Create your own fantasy realm and design the field guide to its magical plants, animals, and insects just like Newt Scamander’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Last day to register: June 9, 2021.

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Experience what it’s like to be a museum scientist—in the field and in the lab. Check out the tech and other gear used by museum scientists. Meet real scientists who have traveled around the world. Go outside every day to advance your skills in tracking animals and surveying their habitats for health and pollution indicators. Collect and analyze your own observations during a mini field study in Schenley Park.

Last day to register: June 16, 2021.

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Experience what it’s like to be a museum scientist—in the field and in the lab. Check out the tech and other gear used by museum scientists. Meet real scientists who have traveled around the world. Go outside every day to advance your skills in tracking animals and surveying their habitats for health and pollution indicators. Collect and analyze your own observations during a mini field study in Schenley Park.

Last day to register: June 23, 2021.

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Investigate the intricate balance of the human body. Dissect a brain, and conduct a mock coronary bypass on a real heart. Learn how the body systems are interconnected as you test your reflexes and explore the ways the cardiac and respiratory systems respond to different types of physical activity. Discover surprising evidence in fossils and ancient skeletons that reveals how medicine and disease have evolved throughout time.

Last day to register: June 30, 2021.

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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 laboratory classroom. Build your 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.

Last day to register: July 7, 2021.

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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 laboratory classroom. Build your 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.

Last day to register: July 14, 2021.

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From basic biology to high-tech sportswear, investigate how animals and people adapt to extreme environments. Find out how your own sensory systems and reflexes measure up to animal survival instincts. Improve your outdoor adventuring skills by learning about basic first aid, nutrition, and hydration needs for camping and hiking. Create a water purification system and concoct the perfect trail mix for a day hike. Explore the museum to compare traditional fishing and hunting techniques across cultures.

Last day to register: July 21, 2021.

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From basic biology to high-tech sportswear, investigate how animals and people adapt to extreme environments. Find out how your own sensory systems and reflexes measure up to animal survival instincts. Improve your outdoor adventuring skills by learning about basic first aid, nutrition, and hydration needs for camping and hiking. Create a water purification system and concoct the perfect trail mix for a day hike. Explore the museum to compare traditional fishing and hunting techniques across cultures.

Last day to register: July 28, 2021.

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Through hands-on creative challenges, learn how nature inspires engineers to create sustainable innovations and build the future right now. Explore examples of green technology and sustainable design in the museum and other buildings nearby. Learn how buildings can help address the challenges of climate change. Discover how nature and architecture can intersect, then design environmentally informed structures of your own.

Last day to register: August 4, 2021.

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Through hands-on creative challenges, learn how nature inspires engineers to create sustainable innovations and build the future right now. Explore examples of green technology and sustainable design in the museum and other buildings nearby. Learn how buildings can help address the challenges of climate change. Discover how nature and architecture can intersect, then design environmentally informed structures of your own.

Last day to register: August 11, 2021.

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