Homeschool Programs


Programs for K-8

Spring Series

Meets every other Monday, 1 p.m.–3 p.m.
February 3, February 17, March 3, March 17, March 31, April 14
Early registration by January 17: $100 (Members $85)
Registration by January 27: $115 (Members $100)
To register, contact Program Registration at 412.622.3288, email

Peculiar Paleontology (CLASS FULL)
Grades K–2 (Suggested ages 5–7 as of September 1, 2013)
Get an inside look at paleontology. Go on a dinosaur dig, prepare a fossil in plaster for transportation, and learn how fossils are processed from the field to the museum’s collections. Cover land, sea, and sky while hunting for unusual dinosaurs, pterosaurs, ichthyosaurs, birds, and mammals throughout the museum.

Grades 3–8 (Suggested ages 8–13 as of September 1, 2013)
From colossal fossils that reveal ancient marine worlds to a dissection of a real dogfish shark, compare and contrast jaws and teeth of all shapes and sizes. Perform experiments that compare feeding and defense strategies of different animals, from a prehistoric mosasaur to living insects.

High School Programs

Grades 9–12 (Suggested ages 14–18 as of September 1, 2013)
$135 (Members $112)
To register, contact Program Registration at 412.622.3288, email

Spring Series

Meets Thursdays, 1 p.m.–3 p.m.
February 6, February 13, February 20, February 27, March 6, March 13, March 20, March 27

Intro to Nervous Systems
Investigate how our brains and nervous systems process information about the world around us, and maintain autonomous functions like digestion, temperature regulation, and respiration. Examine skulls and brain structure in a variety of organisms to learn how sensory systems are organized. Compare the anatomy of eyes from different organisms and learn how lenses work. Investigate the biology of smell, taste, and innate behaviors in insects. Get an overview of respiration and experiment with pulse and breathing rate in different organisms. Investigate different digestive systems and strategies throughout the animal kingdom.