Powdermill Nature Reserve

Education Programs & Exhibitions

peckerPowdermill programs are supported by the Mudge Environmental Education Program and the Martha Edwards Lazear Foundation.

2014 Summer Camps and Programs

As part of Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s summer programs for children, Powdermill Nature Reserve offers week-long, 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 to go along with classic camp activities like scavenger hunting, arts and crafts, and song singing. While splashing in the stream, investigating ponds, forests, and meadows, campers gain a better understanding of nature and learn how to appreciate its beauty and mystery.

To register, and for more information visit the 2014 Summer Camps and Programs website.  

Upcoming Lectures

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Research News


The Powdermill Avian Research Center has joined efforts with The National Aviary, The American Bird Conservancy, Chatham University, the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania, the Green Building Alliance of Pittsburgh, and The Wildlife Center at the Animal Rescue League to form BirdSafe Pittsburgh, a bird collisions monitoring program in the city of Pittsburgh. The monitoring program will provide us with baseline bird-window collision data for the area, allow us to test our scientific protocols before expanding the research area, raise public awareness of bird-glass collisions, and rescue birds injured from collisions (http://www.wqed.org/birdblog/2014/04/04/help-make-pittsburgh-birdsafe/).


Special Events

Pledge 2 Fledge: SEE birds. SHARE birds. SAVE birds.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
At Powdermill Nature Reserve, Rector, PA

Join Powdermill’s bird banding team for Pledge 2 Fledge Family Day! Drop in from 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. to get an up-close look at some feathered friends at the bird banding lab. Learn about how banding data is used to inform conservation efforts. Collect and band plush birds in our family-friendly activity—and don’t forget to record your data! Free.  

Pledge 2 Fledge Family Day is part of Global Birding Initiative’s Pledge 2 Fledge Campaign: SEE birds. SHARE birds. SAVE birds. Powdermill Nature Reserve is the environmental research station of Carnegie Museum of Natural History.  


Schools & Groups

Powdermill offers a variety of interdisciplinary, hands-on, environmental education activities at the Nature Center. Enhance your environment and ecology curriculum in our natural setting. In addition to our standard activities, we can also design field trips to meet your curriculum needs. For information about school field trips, call 724.593.6105 or email LongL@carnegiemnh.org.


Bird Banding

The museum's bird banding station at Powdermill Nature Reserve has been in operation for more than 50 years, and, after calling ahead, you can observe the trained staff as they identify, measure, weigh, and band the more than 200 bird species that have stopped for a rest during their long migration. Banding is seasonal and weather dependent, but is usually in operation on weekends. To schedule a visit, call 724.593.7521. To learn more about our bird migration research, visit http://www.powdermillarc.org.


Educational Improvement Tax Credit

Support from area businesses through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program supports all aspects of our programming. Click here to learn more about how your business can help.


hummingbirdAdopt A Bird Band 

The Adopt A Bird Band program invites nature lovers of all ages to become personally involved in supporting the vital biodiversity and conservation research at the core of Carnegie Museum of Natural History's mission. Adoptions make great gifts for bird lovers, budding naturalists, and conservation enthusiasts, or anyone who wants to celebrate in a unique and special way. Click here to explore the adoption website!