Powdermill Nature Reserve

The environmental research center of Carnegie Museum of Natural History

mountain laurelPowdermill Nature Reserve is located 55 miles southeast of Pittsburgh in the Appalachian Plateau Province of Pennsylvania. At Powdermill, wildflowers, trees, songbirds, and salamanders can be examined by eye, ear, magnifying glass, and camera. The world-class research programs at Powdermill, including the renowned bird-banding laboratory, take advantage of the biodiversity of the Allegheny Mountains. For more information on Powdermill's mission and research, visit the Powdermill Nature Reserve pages.

Programs at Powdermill

Powdermill offers lectures, indoor and outdoor activities, and exhibitions year-round for naturalists of all ages! Regular weekend programs include family-appropriate, seasonal nature hikes and a scientific lecture series given by naturalists, scientists, and researchers from Powdermill Nature Reserve and Carnegie Museum of Natural History. For more information, see the Powdermill program schedule.

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The Adopt-A-Bird-Band program invites nature lovers of all ages to become personally involved in supporting the vital biodiversity and conservation research at the core of Carnegie Museum of Natural History's mission. Adoptions make great gifts for bird lovers, budding naturalists, and conservation enthusiasts, or anyone who wants to celebrate the arrival of spring in a unique and special way. Take the Laurel Foundation Challenge: The Laurel Foundation will match your donation dollar-for-dollar up to $20,000! Click here to explore the adoption website!