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Natural History

Campers must have an eligible camp in their cart in order to also register for a pre-camp or a post-camp.

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Have an unforgettable week discovering amazing creatures who live 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.

Last day to register is June 5, 2019.

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Want to learn more about dinosaurs? Get an up-close look at Dinosaurs in Their Time, find out where those big bones came from, and learn all about prehistoric animals. Study specimens, make fossil casts, and dig for replica bones like a real paleontologist. 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.

Last day to register is June 5, 2019.

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Earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, and more—they’ve all changed life on our planet over and over again. Discover how people and ecosystems have responded to extreme events throughout geologic time. Construct model lava flows, asteroid impacts, and volcanoes. Build a model city, and put it to the test with our mega-quake-tsunami challenge on Friday.

Last day to register is June 5, 2019.

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From the streams of Schenley Park to the North Shore of the Allegheny River, observe and experience the diverse life of the waterways. Learn the tools of freshwater field work as you collect micro and macro organisms. Investigate wetland plants and wildlife. Get a unique perspective on Pittsburgh with a kayak trip led by experienced Venture Outdoors guides. Lace up your sneakers—this is an active camp with regular hiking excursions!

Day trip to kayak with Venture Outdoors: museum pick-up at 3:00 p.m.

Last day to register is June 5, 2019.

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Campers must have an eligible camp in their cart in order to also register for a pre-camp or a post-camp.

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Campers must have an eligible camp in their cart in order to also register for a pre-camp or a post-camp.

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Want to learn more about dinosaurs? Get an up-close look at Dinosaurs in Their Time, find out where those big bones came from, and learn all about prehistoric animals. Study specimens, make fossil casts, and dig for replica bones like a real paleontologist. 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.

Last day to register is June 12, 2019.

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Learn techniques in survival and orienteering that will help you find your way around. Survey the sky for navigational signs and learn how to properly use a map and compass. Investigate the survival adaptations of animals and build your own safety skills. Discover treasures in and around the museum using handheld GPS units on a geocaching adventure. Put your newfound skills to the test on an extended day trip to Powdermill Nature Reserve, the museum’s environmental research center.

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

Last day to register is June 12, 2019.

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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 your own fluorescent crystals. Explore the science behind the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Inquire into mysteries of the mind, and dissect a sheep’s brain. Learn forensic science techniques, and use them to solve a museum mystery.

Last day to register is June 12, 2019.

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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!

Last day to register is June 12, 2019.

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Blaze a trail, lead a hike, and handle live insects. Learn how to manage, conserve, and restore local habitats. Investigate wildlife in Schenley Park and on an extended day trip to Powdermill Nature Reserve. Build essential skills in emergency preparedness and hazard prevention that you can use to protect hikers and habitats. Delve into the science of forest fires, severe weather, orienteering, and more.

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

Last day to register is June 12, 2019.

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Campers must have an eligible camp in their cart in order to also register for a pre-camp or a post-camp.

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Campers must have an eligible camp in their cart in order to also register for a pre-camp or a post-camp.

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Grab a magnifying glass and explore the world of bugs! Compete in the “Pitts-bug Marathon” as you learn how insects move, crawl, walk, and fly. Meet real, live bugs and learn how they help the environment. Investigate how different critters make their distinctive sounds. Use microscopes to take a closer look at colorful butterfly wings. Venture outside to uncover nearby insect habitats. Build your own insect model and bug house to take home.

Recommended for kids who have finished a year of full-day kindergarten or full-day child care.

Last day to register is June 19, 2019.

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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 discover different 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.

Last day to register is June 19, 2019.

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In a galaxy far, far away… is life really that different? Find out by comparing the plants, animals, and biomes of the Star Wars universe with those of our own world! Discover what makes a tauntaun so well suited to its habitat, and design your own out-of-this-world creature. Investigate the nature of Cloud City. Examine real crystals and minerals to determine which ones would give your lightsaber your favorite hue. Don your Jedi gear—it’s time to uncover the science behind the fantasy!

Last day to register is June 19, 2019.

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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.

Day trip to Oglebay Good Zoo: museum pick-up at 4:00 p.m.

Last day to register is June 19, 2019.

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Magic and science are about to collide! Craft your own potions and discover which concoctions are for friends and which are for foes. Investigate the science behind expanding elixirs and experiment with changing ordinary metals to gold in a lesson in alchemy. Explore transfiguration in the natural world. Compare magical creatures to those of the non-magical world as you study fire-breathing dragons, mystical mermaids, and more!

Last day to register is June 19, 2019.

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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. Analyze the behavior of animals large and small on an extended-day trip to Oglebay Good Zoo. Compare animal anatomy by examining skeletons from museum specimens. Try your hand at real and/or digital dissections of insects, fish, and mammals.

The camp includes a visit from a live beagle on Wednesday, June 26. Campers will be able to interact directly with the animal on this day.

Field trip day to Oglebay Good Zoo: museum pick-up at 4:00 p.m.

Last day to register is June 19, 2019.

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