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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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Experience what it’s like to be a museum scientist—in the field and in the lab. Check out navigation tech and outdoor gear. 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.

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 June 15, 2022.

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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 a 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.”

Meets at Powdermill Nature Reserve.

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

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Put on your detective hat and dive into the mysteries of nature at Powdermill. Track animals through the forest and figure out “Whodunit.” Uncover changes in bird populations and investigate clues to reveal stories from the forest’s past. Learn the secrets trees keep beneath their bark and how their fungal agents spread information. Unveil the identities of mysterious organisms, dissect an owl pellet, and discover the role entomology plays in solving wildlife crimes.

Meets at Powdermill Nature Reserve.

The last day to register for this camp is July 11, 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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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.

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

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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.

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

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Get ready for an adventure as you explore Pittsburgh by foot, bus, and subway! Navigate through Pittsburgh’s kaleidoscope of cultural traditions. Visit with leaders of local organizations, including 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.

Daily local trips: museum pick up at 3 p.m.

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

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