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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 your own 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.

Last day to register is June 10, 2020.

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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.

Activity fee: $50
Day trip to National Aviary: museum pick-up at 3:00 p.m.

Last day to register is June 17, 2020.

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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 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.

Activity fee: $50

Field trip day to National Aviary: museum pick-up at 3:00 p.m.

Last day to register is June 17, 2020.

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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.

Last day to register is July 1, 2020.

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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. Discover surprising evidence in fossils and ancient skeletons that reveals how medicine and disease have evolved throughout time. Find out what it’s like to be a real medical student on a field trip to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s training facilities.
Day trip to University of Pittsburgh WISER facility: museum pick-up at 3:00 p.m.

Last day to register is July 1, 2020.

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We’ve received a mysterious message from space—help us decode the transmission! Travel into the solar system and beyond as we trace the communication back to the senders. Compare Earth’s most extreme climates to distant planets’ and moons’, and determine what makes a hunk of space rock habitable. Plus, compete in a friendly design challenge as you craft a model rocket to travel to those far off celestial bodies.

Last day to register is July 8, 2020.

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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. Discover surprising evidence in fossils and ancient skeletons that reveals how medicine and disease have evolved throughout time. Find out what it’s like to be a real medical student on a field trip to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s training facilities.
Day trip to University of Pittsburgh WISER facility: museum pick-up at 3:00 p.m.

Last day to register is July 8, 2020.

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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. Visit Fallingwater to explore the intersection of nature and architecture, then design environmentally informed structures of your own.

Activity fee: $50
Field trip day to Fallingwater: Museum pick-up at 6:30 p.m.

Last day to register is July 15, 2020.

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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 your own 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.

Last day to register is July 22, 2020.

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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.

Activity fee: $50
Day trip day to Rolling Hills Ranch: museum pick-up at 3:00 p.m.

Last day to register is July 22, 2020.

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Examine the biology, medicine, and health issues unique to large animals. Start by investigating the amazing skeletal structures and circulatory systems that support giraffes and dinosaurs. Discover how giant creatures create their own mini-ecosystems with fascinating examples of symbiosis and parasitism between animals of all sizes. Visit a ranch for horseback riding, and compare modern and prehistoric horses at the museum to track their evolutionary path.

Activity fee: $50

Field trip day to Rolling Hills Ranch: museum pick-up at 3:00 p.m.

Last day to register is July 22, 2020.

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The 2020 Olympics just got wild! Find out who goes for the gold across the animal kingdom. Is a flea or a kangaroo better at the high jump? Would the gorilla or the fennec fox take the prize in a 100-meter dash? How would your skills stack up? Celebrate the global games by exploring habitats from the African Savanna to the Arctic Circle. The Animal Olympics wouldn’t be complete without a medal ceremony—so lace up your sneakers and come join the fun!

Last day to register is July 29, 2020.

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Learn survival and orienteering techniques 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 develop 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.

Activity fee: $50
Day trip to Powdermill Nature Reserve: museum pick up at 6:30 p.m. Late afternoon snack provided.

Last day to register is July 29, 2020.

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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. Go behind the scenes and learn how scientists 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 is August 12, 2020.

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