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Uncover the geological mysteries of caves and caverns. Learn lab techniques for analyzing rocks and minerals, then venture outdoors to practice the basics of geology field work on a hiking trip through Schenley Park. Explore the science of unique rock and mineral formations through hands-on experiments. Work with microscopes to investigate and identify fossils. Use your geology knowledge to interpret the hidden secrets of the world.

The last day to register for this camp is June 8, 2022.

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Meet weird prehistoric creatures and some of nature’s coolest critters. Get your hands on mystery slime, observe a slithery snake, and build an obstacle course for worms! Examine the movements, habitats, and senses of animals with daily experiments. Get creative with chemistry to test scientific phenomena as you mix emulsions and test what floats in slimy substances.

The last day to register for this camp is June 15, 2022.

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Nature builds things up and tears them down—and so can you! Explore how humans and animals construct homes, buildings, and dens. Construct a classroom compost bin to delve into decomposition, and conduct an experiment to test the strength of the pyramids. Throughout the week, you’ll undertake a habitat design challenge using only naturally available resources, plus visit Powdermill Nature Reserve to gain inspiration from nature.

Field trip day to Powdermill Nature Reserve: Museum pick-up at 6:30 p.m.

The last day to register for this camp is June 15, 2022.

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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 a 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.

The last day to register for this camp is June 15, 2022.

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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 go on 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.

The last day to register for this camp is June 22, 2022.

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Shhh.... Can you keep a secret? Explore the secret world of animals that is normally hidden from human eyes. How do they eat, sleep, and play? Investigate the different habitats of animals big and small. Discover nature from an animal’s perspective and understand the importance of wildlife conservation. Make daily visits to the animal exhibits around the museum and venture outside to observe urban nature.

No camp on July 4. Camp is in session on July 5-8.

The last day to register for this camp is June 29, 2022.

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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.

The last day to register for this camp is July 6, 2022.

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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. Build and test your own frog boats and model beaver dam. Find out what a toad’s dinner tastes like and experience a new perspective on pond ecosystems in an edible bug activity (optional).

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 HiFives! program. Campers must be picked up by 4 p.m.

The last day to register for this camp is July 20, 2022.

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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 Laurel Caverns to explore a design wonder made by nature, then design environmentally informed structures of your own.

Field trip to Laurel Caverns: Museum pick-up at 4 p.m.

The last day to register for this camp is July 20, 2022.

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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 a 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.

The last day to register for this camp is July 27, 2022.

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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 a mega-quake-tsunami challenge on Friday.

The last day to register for this camp is August 3, 2022.

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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.

Day trip 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 August 3, 2022.

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From basic biology to high-tech sportswear, investigate how animals and people adapt to extreme environments. Find out how your own sensory systems and reflexes measure up to animal survival instincts. Improve your outdoor adventuring skills by learning about basic first aid, nutrition, and hydration needs for camping and hiking. Create a water purification system, and concoct the perfect trail mix for a day hike. Compare traditional fishing and hunting techniques across cultures, and hike the trails at Powdermill Nature Reserve.

Field trip 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 August 3, 2022.

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Examine fascinating natural patterns and use objects from nature to create your own designs. Dig into the science behind color and texture as you experiment with bright red beets, beautiful butterfly wings, gorgeous geodes, and spiral snail shells. Meet critters of all shapes and sizes as you explore the marvels and mysteries of the natural world.

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 HiFives! program. Campers must be picked up by 4 p.m. See registration packet for details.

Please note: Pre-camp and post-camp care are not available for Hi Fives campers. Hi Fives campers must be picked up by 4 p.m.

The last day to register for this camp is August 10, 2022.

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