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From mega quakes to alien invasions, debunk fact from fiction in popular sci-fi doomsday scenarios. Observe climate change in a bottle, build your own asteroids, and study real-world zombies. Examine real fossils to understand mass extinction, and learn how ecosystems survive and adapt to extreme forces of nature. Head into the woods on an extended day trip to Powdermill Nature Reserve, where you will prove your mettle in the face of an impending zombie apocalypse… better safe than sorry! 

Day trip day 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 6, 2018.

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Enjoy a slimy week of science, and discover some of nature’s coolest critters. Meet weird prehistoric creatures, get your hands on mystery slime, watch a slithery snake, and more! Delve into the movements, habitats, and senses of animals with daily experiments. Build an obstacle course for worms. Get creative with chemistry to test scientific phenomena. Mix emulsions, and test what floats in slimy substances.

The last day to register for this camp is June 6, 2018.

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Build your animal care skills in this camp for pet enthusiasts. Learn about different types of animals that can be kept as pets, from familiar companions like cats and dogs to exotic birds and reptiles. Study how pets grow and change as they get older, and design the ideal habitat for your favorite animal. Turn the camp classroom into a menagerie, and explore the secret life of pets.

The last day to register for this camp is June 13, 2018.

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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.

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The last day to register for this camp is June 13, 2018.

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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. See if you can hold your own with animals of all shapes and sizes on an animal-themed day trip to Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

Day trip day to Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium: museum pick-up at 3 p.m.

The last day to register for this camp is June 13, 2018.

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Investigate healthy habitats and animal care for diverse species like bugs, lizards, and mammals. Learn about nutrition in the wild, and perform experiments to uncover the ingredients in dog food. Analyze the behavior of animals large and small on a day trip to Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. Compare animal anatomy by examining skeletons from museum specimens. Try your hand at real and/or digital dissections of insects, fish, and mammals.

Day trip day to Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium: museum pick-up at 3 p.m.

The last day to register for this camp is June 13, 2018.

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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.

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The last day to register for this camp is June 13, 2018.

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Investigate frogs, newts, worms, and other creepy crawlies that live in and around ponds. Collect real specimens, and engineer a mini-habitat so you can study them like a scientist. Experience a new perspective on pond ecosystems as you find out what a frog’s dinner tastes like in the optional edible bug activity. Build and test your own frog boats and model beaver dam.

Recommended for kids who have finished a year of full-day kindergarten or full-day child care. Pre-camp and post-camp care are not available for campers in the Hi Fives! program. Campers must be picked up by 4 p.m.

The last day to register for this camp is June 20, 2018.

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Come and catch them all! Join Pokéteam Carnegie to explore the virtual and natural world of Pokémon. Learn about different Pokémon, and examine their habitats to discover what makes them strong. Compare the life cycle of “pokébugs” to real insects from the museum’s hidden collections. Build and hatch your own creature egg. Create your own “pokéball” 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 20, 2018.

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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 as you 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!

The last day to register for this camp is June 20, 2018.

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Adventure into the Land of Storybook Science! Read, act, and dance along to beloved stories from reality and fantasy. Hunt for hidden treasures in Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems. Search for fairy rings on a nature walk around the museum. Develop your own recipe for dragon drool, and compare mythical beasts to the dinosaurs in our collection. Create your own fantastic creature, and act out an original story.

Recommended for kids who have finished a year of full-day kindergarten or full-day child care. Pre-camp and post-camp care are not available for campers in the Hi Fives! program. Campers must be picked up by 4 p.m.

The last day to register for this camp is July 4, 2018.

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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 4, 2018.

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Explore the world up close using real scientific tools! Collect plants and animals, and use a video microscope to observe your discoveries in amazing detail. Plunge into the miniature world of stream creatures using dip nets, hand lenses, and microscopes. Practice identifying Pennsylvania trees on a scavenger hunt through the forest. Perform experiments to investigate water pollution. Use binoculars to spot birds and insects that fly around us.

Meets at Powdermill Nature Reserve.

The last day to register for this camp is July 2, 2018.

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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,” and even examine real life crystals to determine which ones would give a “lightsaber” your favorite hue. Don your Jedi gear—it is time to uncover the science behind the fantasy!

The last day to register for this camp is July 4, 2018.

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Sort fact from fiction in tales from around the world, including stories like Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain and The Tortoise and the Hare. Go on a Bear Hunt through the museum’s exhibits. Take the Three Little Pigs challenge, and build a house strong enough to keep out a big bad wolf. Meet live animals from the museum’s living collection, and create your very own fantastic creature story.

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The last day to register for this camp is July 11, 2018.

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Enter the world of the dinosaurs as you delve into the prehistoric ecosystems of 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 that predict colors and patterns of dinosaur skin, and watch your own dinosaur adaptations evolve as you make a “Me-a-saurus.”

The last day to register for this camp is July 11, 2018.

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Investigate the diverse bird populations of Powdermill’s forests, fields, and wetlands. Hike to the avian research center to meet ornithologists and observe the bird banding process. Visit the bioacoustics lab to hear and see bird calls. Learn about current research at the flight tunnel, and develop an experiment to aid bird conservation. Record your findings in a scientific journal, and practice identifying native birds throughout the week. Explore birds from around the world, and their prehistoric relatives on an extended-day field trip to Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Meets at Powdermill Nature Reserve. Day trip day to Carnegie Museum of Natural History: camp pick up from Powdermill at 6 p.m. Late afternoon snack provided.

The last day to register for this camp is July 9, 2018.

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Sort fact from fiction in tales from around the world, including stories like Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain and The Tortoise and the Hare. Go on a Bear Hunt through the museum’s exhibits. Take the Three Little Pigs challenge, and build a house strong enough to keep out a big bad wolf. Meet live animals from the museum’s living collection, and create your very own fantastic creature story.

Choose morning or afternoon session.

The last day to register for this camp is July 11, 2018.

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Meet amazing animals in exotic ecosystems, and investigate creatures of all shapes and sizes. See if you can outrun a lion. Find out if you can best a leopard in a game of hide and seek. Build the perfect den for hibernation. Go behind the scenes with museum experts to learn amazing facts about favorite animals, and meet live critters from the museum’s living collection.

Recommended for kids who have finished a year of full-day kindergarten or full-day child care. Pre-camp and post-camp care are not available for campers in the Hi Fives! program. Campers must be picked up by 4 p.m.

The last day to register for this camp is July 18, 2018.

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Get ready to trek into the field! Collect plant, animal, and water samples from the forest, stream, and pond. Put your findings under the microscope, and practice identification with dichotomous keys. Learn how to protect your local watershed through hands-on experiments. Discover the unique adaptations of birds, insects, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals by observing living animals in nature and examining furs and skulls from museum collections.

Meets at Powdermill Nature Reserve.

The last day to register for this camp is July 16, 2018.

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