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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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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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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 make seed bombs to help pollinators thrive. Discover insect anatomy through grasshopper dissections and construct your own bug species. Keep a scientific journal of your work as you explore a week of amazing arthropods!

Last day to register is June 15, 2020.

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Crickets and beetles and flies…oh my! Scour the stream, grounds, and Nature Center to discover Powdermill’s creeping creatures. Construct your own 5-star bug hotel while learning how to protect insect habitats. Have fun with mud as you make seed bombs and search for decomposers. Build your own bug, go on a scavenger hunt, and cheer for your favorite cockroach as they compete for the title of “World’s Fastest Roach.”

Last day to register is June 15, 2020.

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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 make seed bombs to help pollinators thrive. Discover insect anatomy through grasshopper dissections and construct your own bug species. Keep a scientific journal of your work as you explore a week of amazing arthropods!

Last day to register is June 29, 2020.

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Crickets and beetles and flies…oh my! Scour the stream, grounds, and Nature Center to discover Powdermill’s creeping creatures. Construct your own 5-star bug hotel while learning how to protect insect habitats. Have fun with mud as you make seed bombs and search for decomposers. Build your own bug, go on a scavenger hunt, and cheer for your favorite cockroach as they compete for the title of “World’s Fastest Roach.”

Last day to register is June 29, 2020.

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Put on your detective hat as we dive into the mysteries of nature at Powdermill. Track animals through the forest and figure out “Whodunit.” Uncover changes in bird populations and investigate what happened at Powdermill decades ago. Learn the secrets trees keep beneath their bark and how they spread information in silence. Unveil the identities of mysterious organisms, dissect an earthworm, and discover the role entomology plays in solving crimes.

Last day to register is July 6, 2020.

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Don your safari hat as you explore a different habitat each day. Learn how Pennsylvania wildlife compares to wildlife across the globe. Craft a habitat diorama and visualize the ocean depths in a massive mural. Dance like a bird-of-paradise, echolocate like a dolphin, and build a giant termite mound. Keep a journal of your adventures and stamp your passport as you investigate different biomes of the world.

Last day to register is July 6, 2020.

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Hike miles into the forest on a survival adventure! Perform wilderness first aid, build a campfire, and construct a shelter in the woods. Unlock scavenger hunt clues with Morse code and design a water purification system. Unleash the power of animal adaptations to aid your survival. Collect badges as you learn new survival skills, and then put those skills to the test on the ultimate wilderness quest!

Last day to register is July 22, 2020.

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Level up your knowledge of rocks as you examine gems, minerals, rocks, and fossils in the lab and throughout the museum. Learn the tools of the geologists’ trade on a rock walk in Schenley Park. Discover surprising ways we use rocks and minerals in everyday life. Experiment with the rock cycle and observe everyday items made from rocks and minerals, plus start your own collection to take home.

Last day to register is August 5, 2020.

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Plunge into experiments about the physics and chemistry of H2O as you develop your own mega-bubble solution, test for acids and bases, get cracking with ice, and more. Design your way through a boat building race, water balloon drops, and other friendly challenges. Hike through Schenley Park to investigate aquatic habitats in the Panther Hollow Watershed and take a dip in nearby Schenley swimming pool.

Day trip to Schenley Swimming Pool: museum pick-up at 4:00 p.m.

Last day to register is August 5, 2020.

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Trek across Pittsburgh 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.

Activity fee: $50
Kayak trip with Venture Outdoors and daily local trips: museum pick up at 3 p.m.

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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