Youth Naturalist Institute

Are you interested in environmental science and the natural world? Join us and other middle school students as we explore nature and conduct in-lab and outdoor investigations related to special topics in environmental science. Students grades 5–8 (suggested ages 10–14) meet museum scientists, ask original questions to extend our investigations, and share their discoveries.

Get your middle school student outside and exploring 3 of the 4 seasons—fall, winter, and spring—with Carnegie Museum of Natural History!

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Expedition Herpetology! Frogs & Salamanders
Saturday, April 18
3–10 p.m.
Recommended for children in grades 5–8 (ages 10–14)

Explore the woods and wetlands at Powdermill Nature Reserve to observe amphibians during their spring emergence. Investigate vernal pools, look for life under logs, and listen to frogs sing around the pond with Assistant Curator of Herpetology Jose Padial. Drop-off and pick-up for this program occur at Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Oakland. Dinner and transportation between the museum and Powdermill are provided.

Pricing and Registration
Registration required by April 10 for Expedition Herpetology!
$75 (Members $55)
Contact Program Registration at 412.622.3288 or email ProgramRegistration@carnegiemuseums.org. Payment is due at time of registration.

Expedition Paleontology! Rocks & Fossils
Saturday, May 2
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Recommended for children in grades 5–8 (ages 10–14)

Get an insider’s look at the science of paleontology at Carnegie Museum of Natural History! Go behind the scenes in Paleolab, and use a microscope to sort through real matrix for fossil finds. On a field excursion to Schenley Park, learn the tools of geology field work and discover real rocks and fossils that reveal Oakland’s ancient landscapes. Afternoon snack is provided; students must bring their own lunch.

Pricing and Registration
Registration required by April 24 for Expedition Paleontology!
$55 (Members $40)
Contact Program Registration at 412.622.3288 or email ProgramRegistration@carnegiemuseums.org. Payment is due at time of registration.