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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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Hike miles into the forest on a survival adventure. Practice orienteering as you draw maps, use compasses, survey the sky, and follow a geocache course. Unlock scavenger hunt clues with Morse Code. Perform wilderness first aid, build a campfire, and construct a shelter in the woods. Study the survival adaptations of animals in extreme environments. Design a natural water purification system and collect badges as you learn new survival skills.

Last day to register is June 17, 2019.

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Spiders, beetles, and flies… oh my! Scour the stream, grounds, and Nature Center to discover Powdermill’s creepy creatures. Examine bugs that swim, fly, and scuttle through Pennsylvania and learn how your favorite critters move. Observe insects under the microscope and see how you can help protect their habitats. Build your own bug, go on scavenger hunts, and cheer for your favorite cockroach as they compete in the roach road race.

Last day to register is June 17, 2019.

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Hike miles into the forest on a survival adventure. Practice orienteering as you draw maps, use compasses, survey the sky, and follow a geocache course. Unlock scavenger hunt clues with Morse Code. Perform wilderness first aid, build a campfire, and construct a shelter in the woods. Study the survival adaptations of animals in extreme environments. Design a natural water purification system and collect badges as you learn new survival skills.

Last day to register is July 1, 2019.

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Spiders, beetles, and flies… oh my! Scour the stream, grounds, and Nature Center to discover Powdermill’s creepy creatures. Examine bugs that swim, fly, and scuttle through Pennsylvania and learn how your favorite critters move. Observe insects under the microscope and see how you can help protect their habitats. Build your own bug, go on scavenger hunts, and cheer for your favorite cockroach as they compete in the roach road race.

Last day to register is July 1, 2019.

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Discover the conservation science that happens every day at Powdermill! Hike to the avian research center and create designs to protect birds from colliding with windows. Explore Powdermill Run, an exceptional-value stream, and build a model watershed. Practice conserving water and recycling. Screen-print an endangered animal T-shirt and learn about species of concern in diverse habitats. Explore worldwide ecosystems and more on an extended-day field trip to Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
Day trip day to Carnegie Museum of Natural History: camp pick-up from Powdermill at 6 p.m. Late afternoon snack provided.

Last day to register is July 8, 2019.

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Investigate the amazing avian diversity of Powdermill’s forests, fields, and wetlands. Hike to the avian research center to meet ornithologists and observe bird banding. Learn about research at the flight tunnel and find out how to help bird conservation. Document your findings in a scientific journal, and hone your ID skills. Discover the prehistoric relatives of birds on an extended-day field trip to Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
Day trip day to Carnegie Museum of Natural History: camp pick-up from Powdermill at 6 p.m. Late afternoon snack provided.

Last day to register is July 8, 2019.

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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 world of stream creatures by turning over rocks and examining leaf packs. Practice identifying Pennsylvania trees on a scavenger hunt through the forest. Investigate water pollution with hands-on experiments. Use binoculars to spot birds and insects that fly around us.

Last day to register is July 15, 2019.

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Are you ready to get wet? Hunt through the forest to find hidden water habitats. Explore the stream and flip rocks to uncover aquatic animals. Peer through a microscope to find the smallest pond creatures. Build a boat from natural materials and test to see what floats or sinks. Make a splash with an environmentally friendly game of catch using biodegradable water balloons. Create your very own team T-shirt to wear during this camp’s fun-filled Water Olympics.

Last day to register is July 15, 2019.

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Become an entomologist at Powdermill! Use scientific tools, set insect traps, and create your own take-home collection of local bugs. Learn to identify pollution indicators from the stream and develop strategies to help pollinators thrive. Use a video microscope and other high-tech images to observe the unique adaptations of bugs and the stages of metamorphosis. Keep a scientific journal of your work as you explore a week of amazing insects!

Last day to register is July 22, 2019.

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Are you ready to get wet? Hunt through the forest to find hidden water habitats. Explore the stream and flip rocks to uncover aquatic animals. Peer through a microscope to find the smallest pond creatures. Build a boat from natural materials and test to see what floats or sinks. Make a splash with an environmentally friendly game of catch using biodegradable water balloons. Create your very own team T-shirt to wear during this camp’s fun-filled Water Olympics.

Last day to register is July 22, 2019.

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Hunt for salamanders, set up insect traps, and “fish” for microplankton on regular biology expeditions. Soar to new heights as you study seed dispersal. Find animals in different ecosystems on regular hikes through nearby Schenley Park. Investigate woodlands and streams farther afield on an extended-day field 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 August 7, 2019.

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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 your own illustration in true Egyptian style. Get hands-on with the science of preserving mummies. Explore the stories of Egyptian gods and goddesses before unleashing your creativity as you write and perform your own mythical tale.

Last day to register is August 7, 2019.

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Take your love for nature to the next level. Experience what it’s like to be a museum scientist—in the field and in the lab. Check out the tech and other gear used by museum scientists. 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.

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

Last day to register is August 7, 2019.

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Turn your world upside down as you explore the strangest things. Examine the line where the known and unknown meet and use the tools of science to separate science fact from fiction. Check out weird museum collections and observe oddities of the natural world. Identify artificial and natural electromagnetic fields and see if you can manipulate them to transmit messages. Dig into humanity’s collective fears through exploration of our shared myths and legends.

Last day to register is August 14, 2019.

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