From our friends at Carnegie Museum of Natural History:
Educators, let’s get learners engaged with nature this season. It’s almost time to join the City Nature Challenge; we have a free educator workshop and plenty of resources to help get learners outdoors and connected with nature. Read on for more information about exhibitions and programs at Carnegie Museum of Natural History. We support you and all of your hard work!
Earn Act 48 Credits at the Museum
We welcome educators from all subject areas and grade levels to the museum for free educator workshops. Visit our website to learn about funding opportunities.
City Nature Challenge – March 28, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Help your students contribute to a global community science project! This workshop will explore the surprising biodiversity of urban habitats and introduce techniques for recording and analyzing nature observations. Use the iNaturalist app to contribute data to crowdsourced science efforts, sketch with pencil and paper, and explore classroom activities to help your students join in a global effort to collect observations for science in the City Nature Challenge.
City Nature Challenge – April 28, 2023 – May 1, 2023
Get connected with nature! Get ready for the 2023 City Nature Challenge, April 28 through May 1. By exploring nature, taking photos, and uploading them to the free iNaturalist app, you and your students can help contribute to scientific research, learn about local species, and enjoy the benefits of being outdoors.
You don’t have to go far to find nature; it’s all around, even in urban areas! As you prepare for City Nature Challenge, check out these resources for inspiration and ideas.
- A fascinating observation on a spring afternoon
- Some fun facts about fungi
- A look back at last year’s City Nature Challenge
- The benefits of using the iNaturalist app
Borrow an Educator Loan Kit
Sets of aquatic macroinvertebrates preserved in clear resin are a useful visual tool for any educator explaining how diverse populations of these creatures are reliable indicators of stream water quality. Check out the Educator Loan Collection catalog online for information on how to borrow these and other materials.
For a broader and deeper exploration of aquatic macroinvertebrates, please visit:
Catch Up on the We Are Nature Podcast
Don’t miss season one of the We Are Nature podcast! Hear interviews from the frontlines of climate change mitigation, adaptation, and justice with people who grow our food, protect our greenspaces, and fight polluting industries. Researchers at Carnegie Museum of Natural History and host Michael Pisano connect these community climate action stories to natural history, ecology, and environmental science in each episode.
New Exhibition: Apsáalooke Women and Warriors (Now through May 29, 2023)
The Apsáalooke [ap-SAH-loo-gah] people of the Northern Plains are known for their bravery, artistry, and extravagance. Apsáalooke Women and Warriors, created and curated by the Field Museum, celebrates the Apsáalooke people’s daring feats in battle, unparalleled horsemanship, and innovative beadwork—all centered around and protected by women. Alongside historical war shields and regalia, contemporary Native American art highlights how this bravery and artistry is alive today. See the exhibition during your visit for no additional cost. (Apsáalooke Women and Warriors is jointly organized by the Field Museum and the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago.)
Book Programs with Us:
Here are quick links to help you get the time, topic, and date you prefer for your museum program. Scholarships are available!
- Take a 60-minute tour of the museum with our Natural History Interpreters.
- Explore the museum on your own with a self-paced, scavenger hunt-style Museum Quest.
- Invite a museum educator to your classroom for hands-on activities.
- Schedule a virtual field trip hosted by museum experts.
- Take a field trip to explore the forests and stream at Powdermill Nature Reserve.
Teen Night: Artistry in Space – March 16, 2023, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
All teens are welcome to Carnegie Museum of Natural History for a fun night focused on art techniques found in natural history and science. Explore how we can use art in our everyday lives, watch a scientific illustration demo, and sketch in the galleries. Participate in a diorama-making activity and enjoy food during this evening event just for teens.
Now Hiring for Summer Camps
Join our staff of vibrant, enthusiastic educators and help campers connect with nature and science this summer! Get hands-on classroom and outdoor experience and build leadership skills as you work collaboratively to create an inviting, safe camp atmosphere. We have a variety of positions available.