Carnegie Museum of Natural History

For more information, contact: Leigh Kish
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
412.622.3361 (office), 412.526.8587 (mobile)

April 26, 2010


Celebrate Life on Earth with Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Free Family Activities through June 5

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
Teen Docent and Biodiversity Exploration Stations
Saturday and Sunday

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
Saturday and Sunday

Learn with your hands by investigating real and replica specimens and artifacts, and let our museum educators answer your environmental questions.


Discovery Room
Saturday, 1–4 p.m.
Sunday, 1–4 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 1–3 p.m.
Thursday, 1–7 p.m.
Note: May also be open from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. when not reserved by groups.

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
Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m.

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
Most Saturdays, 1 p.m.
Visit the Web site for more details:  

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
Most Sundays, 1 p.m.
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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.

Upcoming schedule for May (no talks on May 9 for Mother’s Day or May 30 for Memorial Day):
May 2
“Spring Peepers”
Joe Stavish, Senior Environmental Educator

May 16
“Unseen World: Small Mammals at Powdermill”
Suzanne McLaren, Collection Manager of Mammals, Carnegie Museum of Natural History

May 23
“Golden Eagle Project”
Tricia Miller, GIS Manager, Powdermill Nature Reserve
Michael Lanzone, Avian Bioacoustics Lab Supervisor, Powdermill Nature Reserve


Special Events
National Lab Day
Saturday, May 1, 1–4 p.m.

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
Thursday, May 27, 1–8 p.m.
Symposia, Lecture and Reception $110
Symposia and Lecture only $25 ($10 students)
Advance registration required. Museum admission included.
Register at

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.

This event is organized by the Rachel Carson Homestead Association and is part of U.N. World Environment Day 2010. Sponsors include Colcom Foundation and The Heinz Endowments.


Educator Workshop: Songbirds at Powdermill Nature Reserve
May 15, 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
$45 per participant. Participants earn five Act 48 hours. Pre-registration is required. Call 412.622.3288 or email

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


Lord of the Crane Flies

Through April 19, 2011

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.


Population Impact  

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
June 19, 2010–January 9, 2011

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!
Conservation and environmental awareness don’t end when you walk out of our doors! Want to know more about Earth Day and World Environment Day, and find out about what you can do to help? Visit the official Web sites:, 


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,