Powdermill Nature Reserve

The environmental research center of Carnegie Museum of Natural History


Powdermill Nature Reserve is located in Rector, PA, 55 miles southeast of Pittsburgh in the Appalachian Plateau Province of Pennsylvania. At Powdermill, wildflowers, trees, songbirds, and salamanders can be examined by eye, ear, magnifying glass, and camera. The world-class research programs at Powdermill, including the renowned bird banding laboratory, take advantage of the biodiversity of the Allegheny Mountains.

For more information on our mission and research, visit the Powdermill Nature Reserve website. For program information, visit the Powdermill programs page or call 724.593.6105.

Summer Camps

As part of Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s summer programs for children, Powdermill Nature Reserve offers weeklong, full-day camps for children ages 5–8 and 9–12! Fun-filled days await campers as they explore the great outdoors, view wildlife up close, and make exciting discoveries about the natural world. Each year activities change to give children new experiences. While splashing in the stream and investigating ponds, forests, and meadows, campers gain a better understanding of nature and learn how to appreciate its beauty and mystery. Click here to visit the camps site. 

Educator Resources

The classroom and exhibition areas in the Powdermill nature center as well as the trails outside provide meeting and program spaces for field trips and workshops that incorporate the world-class research conducted at Powdermill. Programs are adapted from recognized curricula. To learn more about opportunities for your school or group visit, see the Group Visits section.

The R.W. Moriarty Science Seminar Series

Noon–1 p.m.
Earth Theater
Free with museum admission, no registration required.

Join us for this series of scientific seminars on current research at Carnegie Museum of Natural History! Hear Carnegie scientists and invited researchers discuss their latest findings on a wide variety of science topics, often involving research conducted at Powdermill Nature Reserve. Visit here for the upcoming schedule.