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Rector, Pennsylvania....Take a trip to Powdermill Nature Reserve, the environmental research center of Carnegie Museum of Natural History, to Get Hooked on Your Local Nature Reserve on Saturday, May 12. Explore the premier location to study and experience the nature in our region with behind-the-scenes laboratory tours of the bird banding station and bioacoustics lab, nature hikes, demonstrations by scientists and educators, hands-on opportunities, live insects, kid-friendly activities, and more!
Get Hooked on Your Local Nature Reserve is a free event, with drop-in activities taking place all day between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The activities take place outdoors and indoors, rain or shine, so dress for the weather. Activities are designed for families and for adults. No registration is necessary. Get Hooked on Your Local Nature Reserve is presented by Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Ecosystems, and is being held in conjunction with Trout Unlimited’s Laurel Highlands Trout Trail Festival.
Nature activities for all ages
Free activities for May 12 Get Hooked on Your Local Nature Reserve include:
Activities are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Group size for some activities may be limited to ensure an enjoyable experience for participants. Check posted schedules at the event, and come early for best participation.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Visitors may also pack their lunches. Picnic facilities are available around the property. In addition to the scheduled activities, Powdermill’s hiking trails, butterfly garden, and the exhibitions located at the nature center will be open. Visitors are encouraged to explore these areas on their own.
For the safety of visitors, staff, museum specimens, and live animals associated with demonstrations, it is requested that visitors leave their pets at home.
Powdermill Nature Reserve is located 55 miles southeast of Pittsburgh in Rector, Pennsylvania. A full itinerary of events can be found on the day of the event by picking up information at the nature center at Powdermill.
Center for Biodiversity and Ecosystems
Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Ecosystems engages scientists from collaborating institutions worldwide to understand, manage, and sustain the health of local and global ecosystems. It utilizes the museum’s vast collection and the environmental research center Powdermill Nature Reserve as a living laboratory for ecological research and as a site for visiting researchers and educators studying the mid-Appalachian ecosystem. The Center creates interdisciplinary research and educational projects that address some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time: questions regarding changes to the environment—past, present, and future—and how these changes affect nature and human cultures. The Center for Biodiversity and Ecosystems launched in January 2011 and is under the direction of John Wenzel.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is among the top natural history museums in the country and is redefining what it means to be a 21st-century natural history museum. It maintains, preserves, and interprets an extraordinary collection of 22 million objects and scientific specimens used to broaden understanding of evolution, conservation, and biodiversity. Through five new Centers, Carnegie Museum of Natural History generates new scientific knowledge, advances science literacy, and inspires visitors of all ages to become passionate about science, nature, and world cultures. More information is available by calling 412.622.3131 or by visiting the website, www.carnegiemnh.org.