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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 more! Examine the movements, habitats, and senses of animals with daily experiments. Build an obstacle course for worms. Get creative with chemistry to test scientific phenomena as you mix emulsions and test what floats in slimy substances.

Last day to register is June 10, 2020.

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Hunt for salamanders, set up insect traps, and “fish” for microplankton on biology expeditions. Soar to new heights as you study seed dispersal. Find animals in different ecosystems on 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.

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 June 10, 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 June 10, 2020.

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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.

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 June 10, 2020.

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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.

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 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).

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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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.

Activity fee: $45
Field trip day 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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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.

Last day to register is August 5, 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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