Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania…Registration is now under way for summer camp programs at Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and the environmental research center Powdermill Nature Reserve in Rector, Pennsylvania. The entire museum campus is a field for discovery and creativity, where kids investigate Earth, art, dance, science, and more through behind-the-scenes tours, hands-on encounters, and exciting activities.
Weeklong half- and full-day camps at Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History run from June 14 through August 13, 2010 and accommodate children ages 4 through 13, with additional programs available for preschoolers and high school students. Weeklong full-day camps at Powdermill Nature Reserve run from June 22 through July 24 and host children ages 5 through 12. More information and a full listing of programs are available at http://www.carnegiemnh.org/camps, or by calling 412.622.3288 (Art and Natural History) or 724.593.6105 (Powdermill Nature Reserve). Camp fees are as follows:
- Half-day camps for ages 4–5: Members $90/non-Members $100
- Full-day camps for ages 5–13: Members $180/non-Members $200
- Tuesday gallery play dates for preschoolers ages 3–4: Members $12/non-Members $18
- Fees for high school programs vary—please call or go online for listings.
- Pre- and post-care are available for ages 6–13 for an additional fee. Pre- and post-care are not available at Powdermill.
Carnegie Museum of Art
Carnegie Museum of Art offers a variety of art and architecture camps for children ages 4–13, as well as preschool and high school level programs. Through gallery tours, exposure to works by world-renowned artists, and hands-on art-making, museum camps allow children to develop their artistic skills and express their creative voice. Some high school programs are offered in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture. Camp highlights include:
- Art Detectives (ages 4–5): A work of art is missing! Campers uncover clues as they search the galleries, design detective gear, and create masterpieces of their own.
- Dance Your Art Out (ages 6–7): Five, six, seven, eight! Campers choreograph a dance routine and design and create their own costumes. At the end of the week, the children present a live performance for their families and friends!
- Green Dream House (ages 8–10): Campers design their own eco-friendly dream houses while being inspired by drawings and models for new “green” cabins near Fallingwater.
- Comics and Comedy (ages 11–13): Find humor in art! Campers create caricatures and comic strips of their own, while drawing inspiration from the exhibition Caricature, Satire, and Comedy of Manners: Works on Paper from the 18th through 20th Centuries.
- Thursday Night Drawing (ages 14 and up): Sketch in a different area of the galleries each week, and try out new techniques and media as you learn to draw in realistic and expressive styles.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Carnegie Museum of Natural History offers a variety of nature and science camps for children ages 4–13. Children explore exhibitions that are based on the museum’s own scientific research, dig for dinosaur fossils in Bonehunters Quarry, take virtual tours in Earth Theater, and participate in hands-on learning in the Discovery Room. Camp highlights include:
- Transformers (ages 4–5): Campers learn how creatures transform as they move through their lifecycles, including how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly and how tadpoles grow up to be frogs.
- Boneheads and Lizard Lips (ages 6–7): Campers become junior paleontologists as they uncover Mesozoic mysteries and explore all things dinosaur.
- Go with the Flow! (ages 8–9): Campers sail along while they explore aquatic habitats from puddles to oceans, including the animals that thrive in watery homes.
- Think like a Scientist (ages 10–12): Calling all future scientists! Campers learn about different careers in the field of science.
Powdermill Nature Reserve
Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s environmental research center Powdermill Nature Reserve offers weeklong full-day nature programs for children ages 5–8 and 9–12. Campers explore the reserve’s trails to see wildlife up close and to learn about the environment through an exciting hands-on approach. Programs are offered from June 22 through July 24. Pre- and post-care are not available. Transportation to and from Powdermill is not provided. More information and a full listing of programs are available at http://www.carnegiemnh.org/camps, or by calling 724.593.6105.
Fun-filled days await children in the following camps:
- Natural Wonders (ages 5–8): Campers learn to explore nature through hands-on activities and games focused on getting to know the great outdoors, while investigating the various habitats at Powdermill.
- Outdoor Explorations (ages 9–12): Campers learn about the importance of Pennsylvania’s diversity through participation in wilderness survival skills, orienteering, and fire and shelter building. Other activities include hikes, games, stream-time, and special guests.
Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Located at 4400 Forbes Avenue in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie Museum of Natural History were founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. Two of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, they are nationally and internationally recognized for their collections. For more information, call 412.622.3131 or visit the Web site at www.carnegiemuseums.org.