Carnegie Museum of Natural History

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

May 7, 2014


“Eco Experiences” at Powdermill Nature Reserve on Saturday, May 17
Free activities scheduled 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

 Take a trip to Powdermill Nature Reserve, the environmental research center of Carnegie Museum of Natural History, to have “Eco Experiences” on Saturday, May 17. 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, kid-friendly activities, and more!

“Eco Experiences” at Powdermill Nature Reserve is a free event, with drop-in activities taking place all day between 8 a.m. and 3:30 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.

Nature activities for all ages
“Eco Experiences” at Powdermill Nature Reserve is an opportunity for nature lovers and enthusiasts of all ages to experience Powdermill side by side with the museum’s renowned scientists and naturalists for whom Powdermill is a world-class resource for ecological studies.

Scheduled activities for May 17 “Hide Out” at Your Local Nature Reserve include:
• Behind-the-scenes laboratory tours of the bird banding station and bioacoustics lab, 8 a.m.–noon. See first-hand how museum scientists gently capture migrating birds, record information that helps researchers understand migration patterns and bird populations, and then carefully release the birds back into the wild. Bring your camera! To ensure the safety of the birds, bird banding tours are available as long as weather permits until noon, but may end earlier than anticipated. Please plan on arriving early to participate in this activity.
• Herpetology (reptiles and amphibians) talks around the ponds at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
• Wildflower walks at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.
• Geocaching at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
• Electrofishing at noon
Ongoing activities at the nature center, from 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., include:
• Up-close examinations of specimens from Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s insect, bird, and mammal collections.
• Taxidermy demonstrations.
• Exploration stations with touchable objects and specimens, staffed by knowledgeable museum educators and volunteers.
• Hands-on activities, including nature drawing and silk-screening, for kids and families.

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.


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,