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From mega quakes to alien invasions, debunk fact from fiction in popular sci-fi doomsday scenarios. Observe climate change in a bottle, build your own asteroids, and study real-world zombies. Examine real fossils to understand mass extinction, and learn how ecosystems survive and adapt to extreme forces of nature. Head into the woods on an extended day trip to Powdermill Nature Reserve, where you will prove your mettle in the face of an impending zombie apocalypse… better safe than sorry! 

Day trip day 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 June 6, 2018.

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Enjoy a slimy week of science, and discover some of nature’s coolest critters. Meet weird prehistoric creatures, get your hands on mystery slime, watch a slithery snake, and more! Delve into the movements, habitats, and senses of animals with daily experiments. Build an obstacle course for worms. Get creative with chemistry to test scientific phenomena. Mix emulsions, and test what floats in slimy substances.

The last day to register for this camp is June 6, 2018.

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Do you have what it takes to survive a pandemic? Find out as you learn how to treat and contain outbreaks of real and fictional diseases—from chickenpox to zombie-ism. Learn about virus transmission and how to identify “patient zero.” Improve your skills by learning about basic first aid, nutrition, and hydration needs and what to do when technology breaks down. Test your new survival techniques on a day trip to Powdermill Nature Reserve.

Day trip day 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 June 13, 2018.

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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. Experience a new perspective on pond ecosystems as you find out what a frog’s dinner tastes like in the optional edible bug activity. Build and test your own frog boats and model beaver dam.

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

The last day to register for this camp is June 20, 2018.

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Discover the amazing power of plants. Find out how people from different cultures use plants to make delicious treats, creative clothing, and even potions and poisons. Get groovy and design your own Warhol-inspired flower artwork. Test your sense of smell, and make a plant-based perfume. Learn to identify common Pennsylvania wildflowers, and start your own herbarium by collecting specimens on a nature hike through nearby Schenley Park.

The last day to register for this camp is June 20, 2018.

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Come and catch them all! Join Pokéteam Carnegie to explore the virtual and natural world of Pokémon. Learn about different Pokémon, and examine their habitats to discover what makes them strong. Compare the life cycle of “pokébugs” to real insects from the museum’s hidden collections. Build and hatch your own creature egg. Create your own “pokéball” 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 20, 2018.

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Explore how unique plant and animal adaptations inspire green engineering solutions that address severe droughts, major floods, deep freezes, and intense heat. Through hands-on design challenges, learn how engineers use biomimicry to create sustainable innovations. See the building blocks of a green tech future in action today, right here in Pittsburgh. Test ideas to combat climate change, and cool off on a swimming day trip to North Park.

Day trip to North Park: museum pick up at 5:30 p.m. Late afternoon snack is provided.

The last day to register for this camp is June 20, 2018.

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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 as you learn about species of concern in a diverse range of habitats. Explore worldwide ecosystems and examine evidence of the Anthropocene 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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Meet amazing animals in exotic ecosystems, and investigate creatures of all shapes and sizes. See if you can outrun a lion. Find out if you can best a leopard in a game of hide and seek. Build the perfect den for hibernation. Go behind the scenes with museum experts to learn amazing facts about favorite animals, and meet live critters from the museum’s living collection.

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

The last day to register for this camp is July 18, 2018.

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Investigate the small things in our world—including insects, minerals, and everything in between. Build your own miniature museum collection as we explore the exhibits. Grow your own crystals, and use video microscopes to observe their structure. Meet live animals from the museum’s living collection, and venture behind the scenes to investigate the tiny marvels of the natural world.

The last day to register for this camp is July 18, 2018.

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Come and catch them all! Join Pokéteam Carnegie to explore the virtual and natural world of Pokémon. Learn about different Pokémon, and examine their habitats to discover what makes them strong. Compare the life cycle of “pokébugs” to real insects from the museum’s hidden collections. Build and hatch your own creature egg. Create your own “pokéball” 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 25, 2018.

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Enjoy a week examining 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 Hi Fives! program. Campers must be picked up by 4 p.m.

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 1, 2018.

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Learn techniques in survival and orienteering that will help you find your way around. Use your navigation skills to geocache and discover treasures in and around the museum. Send and receive messages using signals and codes. Hone your wilderness survival skills to find edible plants and track animals. Put your newfound expertise to the test on an extended day trip to Powdermill Nature Reserve, the museum’s environmental research center.

Day trip day 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 1, 2018.

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Learn how to manage, conserve, and restore local habitats. Explore how land use, population, and pollution impact our environment. Investigate wildlife in Schenley Park and at Powdermill Nature Reserve. Conduct experiments and simulations to understand how we can live a more sustainable life. Examine human impacts that are part of nature and what can be done to reduce our footprint.

Day trip day 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 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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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 horse ranch for horseback riding, and compare modern and prehistoric horses at the museum to track their evolutionary path.

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

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

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