Celebrate Life on Earth with
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania…Carnegie Museum of Natural History celebrates life on Earth each day of the year. In honor of Earth Day and World Environment Day, visitors are invited to join the celebration by exploring our world through hands-on activities, demonstrations, exhibitions, and interactions with real specimens and the museum’s scientists. Unless otherwise noted, all activities are free with museum admission.
Ongoing events through June 5, 2010
Enjoy a thrilling introduction to some very important—and very misunderstood—creepy crawlies! Touch a live hissing cockroach and learn about its special role in the ecology of Madagascar.
Hands-on Carts and “Ask Me” Docents
Learn with your hands by investigating real and replica specimens and artifacts, and let our museum educators answer your environmental questions.
Calling nature lovers of all ages to the Discovery “please touch” Room to investigate your world through our special Who Makes the Earth? and Monarch butterfly life cycle activity pages. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Earth Theater Tic-Tac-Toe
Families and teams answer questions about the earth to earn an X or O. Meet in Earth Theater and then let the games begin!
Nature Hikes at Powdermill Nature Reserve, Rector, PA
Join Senior Environmental Educator Joe Stavish at Powdermill Nature Reserve—the environmental research center for Carnegie Museum of Natural History—for family-appropriate, seasonal nature hikes. These hour-long hikes take place in snow, rain, wind, or cold, so please dress for the weather.
Sunday Speaker Series at Powdermill Nature Reserve, Rector, PA
Enjoy scientific talks given by naturalists and researchers from Powdermill Nature Reserve and Carnegie Museum of Natural History, as well as some special guest speakers. Talks are geared toward adults and last between 30 and 60 minutes in the Parker Room of the Nature Center.
National Lab Day brings together more than 200 organizations and 6 million science, engineering, and education professionals to deliver captivating science and discovery experiences nationwide. On this day at the museum, join other science lovers in hands-on, discovery-based science and nature activities.
Rachel Carson Celebration of Biodiversity with E. O. Wilson
Celebrate the legacy of Pittsburgh native Rachel Carson, whose groundbreaking book Silent Spring forever changed the course of global conservation efforts. The panel discussions and the lecture by two-time Pulitzer prize winner E.O. Wilson explore critical relationships between humans and habitat, and the quality of life that we hand down to future generations.
Educator Workshop: Songbirds at Powdermill Nature Reserve
Experience the bird banding station, where more than 400,000 birds have been banded over the past 50 years. Also learn about other avian research conducted at Powdermill. For more information, visit http://www.carnegiemnh.org/powdermill.
This fascinating exhibition focuses on Carnegie Museum scientist Chen Young’s nearly thirty years of work on crane flies. Explore captivating photographs, illustrations, specimens, and video about the critical role that crane flies play in the ecology of the planet we share.
A new permanent exhibition featuring significant research by our own museum scientists, Population Impact focuses on the interconnections of humans, plants, and animals, and how we are all affected by human decisions about the use of resources.
Coming Soon! Life: A Journey Through Time
Photographer Frans Lanting documents the fascinating history of planet Earth through 64 images spanning life’s earliest beginnings to the incredible biodiversity of the modern world.
It begins with you!
Carnegie Museum of Natural History, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is ranked among the top five natural history museums in the country. It maintains, preserves, and interprets an extraordinary collection of 20 million objects and scientific specimens used to broaden understanding of evolution, conservation, and biodiversity. More information is available by calling 412.622.3131 or by visiting the Web site at www.carnegiemnh.org.