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Carnegie Museum of Natural History
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March 14, 2012


Powdermill Nature Reserve Announces 2012 Summer Camps

Rector, Pennsylvania…Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s environmental research center Powdermill Nature Reserve offers weeklong full-day nature camps for children ages 5–8 and 9–12. Campers explore the reserve’s trails to see wildlife up close and take a hands-on approach to learning about the environment. Powdermill summer camps are offered June 25–29 and July 9–27. Pre- and post-camp are not available. Transportation to and from Powdermill is not provided. More information and a full listing of programs are available at, or by calling 412.622.3288.

Powdermill is located in Rector, Pennsylvania, 55 miles southeast of Pittsburgh amidst the rolling Laurel Highlands—home to wildflowers, trees, songbirds, salamanders, and many other wild creatures. Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Ecosystems is anchored at Powdermill, making it the world headquarters for studying the biodiversity of the mid-Appalachian region.

New for 2012—Online registration!  

Online registration and payment! Visit the summer camps website at to explore programs and registration information. When you are ready to book, visit to find the link to reserve and pay for camps.  

Dates and Fees 

Four sessions of weeklong, full-day camps Powdermill Nature Reserve are available this summer for each age group: Choose June 25–29, July 9–13, July 16–20, or July 23–27. Fees are $180 per week for Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh Members; non-Members pay $200.

Camp Descriptions 

Fun-filled days await children in the following camps:

  • Natural Wonders, ages 5–8
    Start your lifelong journey through biodiversity here! Powdermill shares its secrets as children enjoy a week of nature games and activities focused on getting to know the area’s natural habitats. Which species are found in Pennsylvania? Why do some animals migrate and others stay put? And, most importantly, how can we protect our native plants and animals? All of these questions and many more are answered through hikes, age-appropriate explorations, stories, and experiences in the outdoors. Guest appearances include Carnegie Museum scientists studying birds, snails, and other local critters. Come wonder with us!
  • Outdoor Explorations, ages 9–12
    For explorers only, this camp offers in-depth, hands-on nature and science activities that focus on protecting Pennsylvania’s amazing biodiversity. The week’s adventures include introductions to wilderness survival skills, orienteering, forest fire prevention, and shelter building. Through hikes, games, habitat studies, and special guest appearances by Carnegie Museum scientists, campers take their outdoor skills to the next level.


Carnegie Museum of Natural History, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is among the top natural history museums in the country. It maintains, preserves, and interprets an extraordinary collection of 22 million objects and scientific specimens used to broaden understanding of evolution, conservation, and biodiversity. 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,