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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-morning snack.

The last day to register for this camp is June 8, 2022.

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Roll up your sleeves and prepare to get messy! Make mystery solutions that fizz, pop, and explode. Discover why objects glow in the dark and make fluorescent crystals. Explore the science behind the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Dive into mysteries of the mind and dissect a sheep’s brain. Learn forensic science techniques and use them to solve a museum mystery.  

The last day to register for this camp is June 8, 2022.

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Explore nature’s wild, weird, and wacky wonders. Investigate flying mammals, bizarre horns, and mixed-up dinosaurs. Scout through Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems to find minerals that look like cookies, French fries, stars, and bubbles. Test out the science of food to find out what makes Jell-O transform from a liquid to a solid, and sink your teeth—literally—into a yeast experiment with rising bread!

The last day to register for this camp is June 8, 2022.

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Uncover the geological mysteries of caves and caverns. Learn lab techniques for analyzing rocks and minerals, then venture outdoors to practice the basics of geology field work on a hiking trip through Schenley Park. Explore the science of unique rock and mineral formations through hands-on experiments. Work with microscopes to investigate and identify fossils. Use your geology knowledge to interpret the hidden secrets of the world.

The last day to register for this camp is June 8, 2022.

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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-afternoon snack.

The last day to register for this camp is June 8, 2022.

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Meet weird prehistoric creatures and some of nature’s coolest critters. Get your hands on mystery slime, observe a slithery snake, and build an obstacle course for worms! Examine the movements, habitats, and senses of animals with daily experiments. Get creative with chemistry to test scientific phenomena as you mix emulsions and test what floats in slimy substances.

The last day to register for this camp is June 15, 2022.

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Nature builds things up and tears them down—and so can you! Explore how humans and animals construct homes, buildings, and dens. Construct a classroom compost bin to delve into decomposition, and conduct an experiment to test the strength of the pyramids. Throughout the week, you’ll undertake a habitat design challenge using only naturally available resources, plus visit Powdermill Nature Reserve to gain inspiration from nature.

Field trip day to Powdermill Nature Reserve: Museum pick-up at 6:30 p.m.

The last day to register for this camp is June 15, 2022.

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Come and catch them all! Join Pokéteam Carnegie to explore the natural world of Pokémon. Learn about different Pokémon and examine their habitats to discover what makes them strong. Meet entomologists and compare the life cycle of Pokébugs to real insects. Build and hatch a creature egg. Create your own Poké Ball and Pokémon creature based on real features of amazing animals. Go on museum and Schenley Park quests to find Pokémon.

The last day to register for this camp is June 15, 2022.

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Unwrap archaeological mysteries by investigating the life and lore of ancient Egypt. Experience a day in the life of pharaohs, scribes, and other ancient Egyptians. Dig into ancient murals and create an illustration in true Egyptian style. Explore the stories of Egyptian gods and goddesses before unleashing your creativity as you write and perform your own mythical tale.

The last day to register for this camp is June 15, 2022.

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Experience what it’s like to be a museum scientist—in the field and in the lab. Check out navigation tech and outdoor gear. 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 at Powdermill Nature Reserve.

Field trip to Powdermill Nature Reserve: museum pick-up at 6:30 p.m. Late afternoon snack provided.

The last day to register for this camp is June 15, 2022.

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Investigate amazing museum marvels – from a giant whale jaw and flying pterosaurs to tiny insects and micro-crystals. Open a mystery bag each morning to go on themed adventures that let you explore the museum and build your own miniature exhibits. Learn how to use microscopes and make tiny objects seem larger than life. Go behind the scenes with scientists to see real specimens and meet living animals who call the museum home.

The last day to register for this camp is June 22, 2022.

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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-morning snack.

The last day to register for this camp is June 22, 2022.

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Enter the world of the dinosaurs as you dive into prehistoric ecosystems in the exhibition Dinosaurs in Their Time. Perform hands-on investigations with mud, rocks, minerals, and fossils. Compare the skulls and teeth of predators and prey, and learn how dinosaurs digested food. Study specimens and then predict colors and patterns of dinosaur skin. Watch your own dinosaur adaptations evolve as you make a “Me-a-saurus.”

 

The last day to register for this camp is June 22, 2022.

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Alliances are hard to maintain in any galaxy. Deepen your understanding of the Star Wars universe by comparing intergalactic cultures to their counterparts on planet Earth. Discover how environmental factors impact cultural development, and design your own world—complete with its own society! Join with existing peoples of the Star Wars universe, and see if you can preserve the “Alliance” in a mock council meeting. Help us, “Padawans”—you are our only hope!

The last day to register for this camp is June 22, 2022.

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Have you always dreamed of being a veterinarian? Investigate basic biology throughout the animal kingdom. Learn what you can do to help animals stay healthy—in the wild and in your backyard! Design and create idyllic habitats for animals in the museum’s popular Living Collection. Interact with animals of all shapes and sizes on an animal themed day trip.

Field trip to the National Aviary: Museum pick-up at 3 p.m.

The last day to register for this camp is June 22, 2022.

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Investigate healthy habitats and animal care for diverse species like bugs, lizards, and mammals. Learn about animal nutrition in the wild, and perform experiments to uncover the ingredients in dog food. Meet some furry friends. Analyze the behavior of animals large and small on an extended-day trip to the National Aviary. Compare animal anatomy by examining skeletons from museum specimens. Try your hand at real and/or digital dissections of insects, fish, and mammals.

Field trip to National Aviary: Museum pick-up at 3 p.m.

The last day to register for this camp is June 22, 2022.

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Shhh.... Can you keep a secret? Explore the secret world of animals that is normally hidden from human eyes. How do they eat, sleep, and play? Investigate the different habitats of animals big and small. Discover nature from an animal’s perspective and understand the importance of wildlife conservation. Make daily visits to the animal exhibits around the museum and venture outside to observe urban nature.

No camp on July 4. Camp is in session on July 5-8.

The last day to register for this camp is June 29, 2022.

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Immerse yourself in a choose-your-own-adventure experience and unravel the Mystery of the Missing Artifact. Work as a team to collect clues and use forensic science techniques to interpret the evidence. Discover hidden secrets of the museum and go behind the scenes to follow the leads. Choose a path and see where it takes you!

No camp on July 4. Camp is in session on July 5-8.

The last day to register for this camp is June 29, 2022.

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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 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.

No camp on July 4. Camp is in session on July 5-8.

The last day to register for this camp is June 29, 2022.

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Discover the amazing creatures living in and around your home! Explore nearby Schenley Park to look for insects, amphibians, and reptiles. Hunt for insects in leaf litter, go on a mammal scavenger hunt, and make beautiful music as part of a bird symphony. Conduct plant pigment experiments, and dissect fruits and vegetables. Uncover micro mysteries using magnifiers and a video microscope.

The last day to register for this camp is July 6, 2022.

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