Educator Resources

Teachers' Night OutTeachers' Night Out

Thursday, October 8
3:30 p.m. –8 p.m.
$10 until October 1; $15 after October 1. Registration includes one drink ticket.

It’s a Night at the Museum for educators and school administrators at Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History! Mingle with friends, explore the galleries, and engage in dynamic activities. Join us for food, drinks, and an insider’s look at what the museums have to offer. Take away some exclusive teachers-only swag!

Registration required. Register online for Teachers' Night Out, or contact Program Registration at 412.622.3289 or email to register.

Teacher Loyalty Program

We value teachers and invite K–12 educators to join our teachers-only loyalty program, which offers exclusive benefits including free admission for you and reduced admission for your guests, special programs and pricing, social events, and more! The pass isn’t for school or field trip visits: it’s our gift to you personally to thank you for your hard work in the classroom. Relax, learn, and enjoy with us! Click here to learn about the program and sign up. 

Exhibition Extras

Much of our programming is accompanied by online exhibitions that provide more information about our artifacts, displays, and research. To enhance your curriculum with our award-winning explorations of natural history topics, many of which include educator guides, visit the Exhibition Extras section.

Act 48 Workshops

Join Carnegie Museum of Natural History for workshops that connect local educators with cutting edge science, the museum’s classic exhibits, and resources for use in your classroom and beyond. The workshop registration fee includes morning coffee, lunch in the Carnegie Café, and convenient parking in the museum lot. Workshops participants will also receive a classroom resource guide and day-pass to the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. Pre-registration is required.

Animal Adaptions and More—Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs

Saturday, February 6, 2016
9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Credits: Five (5) Act 48 Credit Hours
Registration Fee: $50
Registration Deadline: January 25, 2016

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to explore the traveling exhibit Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs. This Act 48 workshop focuses on the amazing adaptations that enable flight in diverse animal species from prehistoric reptiles to modern birds, insects and mammals. Investigate how the fossil record is being used to discover how pterosaurs developed flight, diversified, and spread across the globe. Explore connections between physical adaptation and biological function using authentic specimens from our exhibits and Educational Loan Collection. Hands-on activities include analyzing animal skulls and examining patterns in fur, feathers, and scales using stereomicroscopes.

Pennsylvania Natural History

Saturday, March 19, 2016
9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Credits: Five (5) Act 48 Credit Hours
Registration Fee: $50
Registration Deadline: March 7, 2016

Explore a variety of topics connected to the natural history of Pennsylvania. Investigate the geologic history of Pennsylvania with a hands-on investigation of real fossils from the museum’s teaching collections. Explore distinguishing features of plants, insects, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and birds in Pennsylvania ecosystems using amazingly detailed wildlife dioramas in the Halls of North American Wildlife and Botany. Conduct a simulated archaeological dig that emphasizes how scientists learn about cultures from the past. Workshop activities utilize the world-class exhibitions throughout the museum, as well as resources including the Educational Loan Collection.