Act 48 Workshops

Workshops introduce cutting-edge science, provide an insider's view of museum collections and ecological research, and support educators in their application of these unique resources in the classroom and beyond. Registration fees include morning coffee and lunch. Four Act 48 credit hours are earned at workshops, unless otherwise noted. Pre-registration is required for all workshops.

Fees and Registration
$65 (Members $50)
To register online, use the “Register online” link for your selected class. Alternately, contact program registration at 412.622.3288 or email to register. Teacher Loyalty Program members can receive the member registration rate by contacting program registration.


Pennsylvania Natural History

Saturday, March 11, 2017 
9 a.m.–2 p.m. 
Carnegie Museum of Natural History 

Explore how the landscape and inhabitants of Pennsylvania have been influenced by natural resources and have led to vast changes across millennia. Investigate the geologic history of Pennsylvania with a hands-on investigation of real fossils from the museum's teaching collections. Tour Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems to explore our region's industrial history. Investigate dynamic ecosystems and strategies for conservation using high resolution digital imagery generated by scientists at Powdermill Nature Reserve.

Register online for Pennsylvania Natural History  


Laurel Highlands Field Study

Saturday, April 29, 2017
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Powdermill Nature Reserve 

Visit Powdermill Nature Reserve, the museum’s environmental research center, for an introduction to authentic field research techniques that can be easily applied to your classroom curricula. Learn about current research on bird migration and conservation, and take a birding nature walk. Explore online tools and a living stream to see how entomologists use insects to monitor health and pollution in stream ecosystems. Hone your own skills for observation and analysis of plant life, and explore tools that use high-resolution digital imagery to investigate forest ecology.

Do you teach in Westmoreland County? A grant from the Myles D. Sampson Family Fund of the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County is providing scholarships to offer this workshop at no cost to Westmoreland County teachers. Contact program registration for more information.

Register online for Laurel Highlands Field Study 


Future Thinking Lab: Climate and Urban Systems

Thursday, May 25, 2017
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History

This fun, friendly workshop explores how Pittsburgh is responding to climate change. Activities focus on the science of sustainable solutions and invite you to envision and build a future Pittsburgh.

This workshop is made possible at no cost to participants thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation. Participants will earn two Act 48 hours. Pre-registration is required.

Register online for Future Thinking Lab: Climate and Urban Systems 


Accessibility: Features For All
Carnegie Museum of Natural History welcomes all visitors. We work to assist visitors with disabilities in obtaining reasonable and appropriate accommodations, and in supporting equal access to services, programs, and activities. To request special disability accommodations for our special programs, please contact program registration at or 412.622.3288. To request special disability accommodations, please contact the museum at least two weeks in advance of visiting or participating in workshops, tours, classes/camps, and other activities.