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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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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 ready to make a difference! Become an environmental champion, and learn how to protect wildlife in the city and beyond. Participate in regular nature hikes into Schenley Park and the surrounding areas. Study native species in their habitats. Discover how animals adapt to life in the city—identifying which species flourish and which need protection. Check out environmental science in action behind the scenes at ALCOSAN to learn about the green technology being employed to protect Pittsburgh’s water quality.

Day trip to ALCOSAN: museum pick-up at 3 p.m.

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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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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Get ready to see Pittsburgh like you have never seen it before! Trek across the city by foot, bus, and subway, and explore the rivers on a kayak trip led by experienced Venture Outdoors guides. Navigate through Pittsburgh’s kaleidoscope of cultural traditions. Visit with leaders of organizations like BirdSafe Pittsburgh to learn what you can do to make city life better for all of Pittsburgh’s inhabitants. Lace up your sneakers—this is an active camp with daily hiking and public transit excursions.

Kayak trip with Venture Outdoors and daily local Day trips: museum pick up at 3:00 p.m

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

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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 is like to be a real medical student on a day trip to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s training facilities.

The last day to register for this camp is July 11, 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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Learn all about animals and their homes as you spot chipmunks in the forest, search for bugs in the stream, catch amphibians in the pond, and observe birds at the wetlands of the avian research center. Play games to mimic how animals breathe, move, eat, and avoid predators. Create your own animal habitat, and screen-print nature with style inspired by Andy Warhol.

Meets at Powdermill Nature Reserve.

The last day to register for this camp is July 16, 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 23, 2018.

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Learn all about animals and their homes as you spot chipmunks in the forest, search for bugs in the stream, catch amphibians in the pond, and observe birds at the wetlands of the avian research center. Play games to mimic how animals breathe, move, eat, and avoid predators. Create your own animal habitat, and screen-print nature with style inspired by Andy Warhol.

Meets at Powdermill Nature Reserve.

The last day to register for this camp is July 23, 2018.

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Have an unforgettable week learning about all the amazing creatures living in your backyard! Explore nearby Schenley Park looking 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 fruit and vegetable dissections. Uncover micro mysteries using magnifiers and a video microscope.

The last day to register for this camp is August 1, 2018.

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Have an unforgettable week learning about all the amazing creatures living in your backyard! Explore nearby Schenley Park looking 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 fruit and vegetable dissections. Uncover micro mysteries using magnifiers and a video microscope.

The last day to register for this camp is August 8, 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 large animals when you visit a ranch for horseback riding.

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

The last day to register for this camp is August 8, 2018.

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