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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 our mega-quake-tsunami challenge on Friday.

Last day to register is June 5, 2019.

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From the streams of Schenley Park to the North Shore of the Allegheny River, observe and experience the diverse life of the waterways. Learn the tools of freshwater field work as you collect micro and macro organisms. Investigate wetland plants and wildlife. Get a unique perspective on Pittsburgh with a kayak trip led by experienced Venture Outdoors guides. Lace up your sneakers—this is an active camp with regular hiking excursions!

Day trip to kayak with Venture Outdoors: museum pick-up at 3:00 p.m.

Last day to register is June 5, 2019.

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Learn techniques in survival and orienteering 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 build 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.

Last day to register is June 12, 2019.

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Roll up your sleeves and prepare to get messy! Make mystery solutions that fizz, pop, and explode. Discover why objects glow in the dark, and make your own fluorescent crystals. Explore the science behind the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Inquire into mysteries of the mind, and dissect a sheep’s brain. Learn forensic science techniques, and use them to solve a museum mystery.

Last day to register is June 12, 2019.

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Explore nature’s wild, weird, and wacky wonders. Investigate flying mammals, bizarre horns, and mixed-up dinosaurs. Scout through Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems to find minerals that look like cookies, French fries, stars, and bubbles. Test out the science of food to find out what makes Jell-O transform from a liquid to a solid, and sink your teeth—literally—into a yeast experiment with rising bread!

Last day to register is June 12, 2019.

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Blaze a trail, lead a hike, and handle live insects. Learn how to manage, conserve, and restore local habitats. Investigate wildlife in Schenley Park and on an extended day trip to Powdermill Nature Reserve. Build essential skills in emergency preparedness and hazard prevention that you can use to protect hikers and habitats. Delve into the science of forest fires, severe weather, orienteering, and more.

Day trip to Powdermill Nature Reserve: museum pick-up at 6:30 p.m. Late afternoon snack provided.

Last day to register is June 12, 2019.

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Investigate the intricate balance of the human body. Dissect a brain and conduct a mock coronary bypass on a real heart. Discover surprising evidence in fossils and ancient skeletons that reveals how medicine and disease have evolved throughout time. Find out what it’s like to be a real medical student on a field trip to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s training facilities.

Day trip to University of Pittsburgh WISER facility: museum pick-up at 3:00 p.m.

Last day to register is July 3, 2019.

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Uncover woodland wonders as you turn over stones, explore aquatic ecosystems, and look for life under leaves and logs. Conduct a digestion experiment and use the power of the sun to make a tasty snack. Investigate diverse biomes throughout the museum. Build a bug condo and design a cozy compost bin for worms. Use your newfound nature knowledge to create your own nature game.

Last day to register is July 10, 2019.

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A summer camp adventure 65 million years in the making. Piece together prehistoric evidence as you investigate how dinosaurs lived and why they died. Extract DNA from modern-day relatives of the dinosaurs. Take a hike through the museum and nearby Schenley Park to compare your world to that of the dinosaurs. Build a full habitat, complete with life-size dinosaur murals, to transform your classroom into Jurassic Planet.

Last day to register is July 10, 2019.

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Investigate the intricate balance of the human body. Dissect a brain and conduct a mock coronary bypass on a real heart. Discover surprising evidence in fossils and ancient skeletons that reveals how medicine and disease have evolved throughout time. Find out what it’s like to be a real medical student on a field trip to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s training facilities.

Day trip to University of Pittsburgh WISER facility: museum pick-up at 3:00 p.m.

Last day to register is July 10, 2019.

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Take your interest in rocks to the next level as you examine rocks, gems, minerals, and fossils in the lab and throughout the museum. Learn the tools of the geologists’ trade on a rock walk in Schenley Park. Start a take-home collection of rocks and minerals. Don a hard-hat and journey underground on a trip to the exhibition coal mine in Tarentum as we uncover the mysteries hidden beneath Earth’s surface.

Day trip to Tour-Ed Mine: museum pick-up at 3:00 p.m.

Last day to register is July 17, 2019.

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Roll up your sleeves and prepare to get messy! Make mystery solutions that fizz, pop, and explode. Discover why objects glow in the dark, and make your own fluorescent crystals. Explore the science behind the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Inquire into mysteries of the mind, and dissect a sheep’s brain. Learn forensic science techniques, and use them to solve a museum mystery.

Last day to register is July 17, 2019.

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Get an inside look at paleontology, from the gigantic Diplodocus to the tiny Archaeopteryx. Cover land, sea, and sky while searching for unusual pterosaurs, ichthyosaurs, birds, and mammals. Peek into PaleoLab where museum scientists prepare fossils every day. Go on a dinosaur dig. Make a mask of your favorite prehistoric beast, and move like a dinosaur in a special relay race.

Last day to register is July 17, 2019.

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Explore nature’s wild, weird, and wacky wonders. Investigate flying mammals, bizarre horns, and mixed-up dinosaurs. Scout through Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems to find minerals that look like cookies, French fries, stars, and bubbles. Test out the science of food to find out what makes Jell-O transform from a liquid to a solid, and sink your teeth—literally—into a yeast experiment with rising bread!

Last day to register is July 17, 2019.

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Dig deep and 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. Investigate the science of unique rock and mineral formations through hands-on experiments. Journey underground on a field trip to an exhibition coal mine, and explore the environmental impacts of different types of energy production.

Day trip to Tour-Ed Mine & Museum: museum pick-up at 3:00 p.m.

Last day to register is July 17, 2019.

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Did you know that playing with food involves serious science? Examine the chemical structure of sugars and starches, and test variations across global cuisines. Mix up tasty solutions as you learn about the chemistry of ice cream. Experiment with gases to make bread and root beer. Have fun with a baking challenge to create the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Learn how Hopi and Iroquois societies advanced agriculture and make a three sisters salad from corn, beans, and squash.

Last day to register is July 24, 2019.

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Conduct hands-on investigations of mud, rocks, minerals, and fossils. Enjoy edible experiments that demonstrate how rocks and minerals form. Take a hike to nearby Schenley Park to examine historic rock layers, and hunt for specimens to start your own collection. Study the fluorescent properties of different materials to inspire your own glow-in-the-dark design. Use rocks to create your own musical instrument and discover the many ways geology rocks!

Last day to register is July 31, 2019.

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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 our mega-quake-tsunami challenge on Friday.

Last day to register is August 14, 2019.

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