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Speaker Chase Mendenhall, Assistant Curator of Birds at Carnegie Museum of Natural History
In recent decades plants and animals have revealed far more diversity in their bodies and behaviors than Darwin ever imagined, especially when it comes to cooperating to make and raise offspring. From bacteria to bonobos we will explore the fundamental questions of why sex evolved, how bodies are built, and how gender develops from sex. Using the science of cooperation and evidence from our natural history, we will examine what it means to be an individual, a male, a female, or part of a family or group. Finally, I will share how natural selection works on groups of organisms to give rise to functional organization like multicellularity, sociality, and civilization.
To take place in the Earth Theater
As winter approaches, the air gets colder, and we don our mittens and scarves, it’s time for fall to leave. Come read and explore with us as we learn about the changing of the seasons. After we read, we will head outside in search of remaining leaves to make leaf prints!
Speaker Jen Sheridan, Assistant Curator of Amphibians and Reptiles at Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Beyond the Forest and the Trees
In recent years, our Powdermill Nature Reserve facility has initiated a number of programs relating to plant ecology that complement its famous avian research programs. These range from cutting-edge basic research to public outreach designed for general accessibility. Some of these programs are accompanied by web-based technology to extend the reserve’s reach worldwide. Its 3D virtual reality program will be incorporated into the museum’s galleries in 2018.
John Wenzel, PhD, Director, Powdermill Nature Reserve
Travel around the world as you explore holiday-themed stations throughout the museum. Learn about the holiday traditions of other cultures through amazing artifacts, festive holiday foods, and hands-on crafts.
Preparing for Winter
Explore winter survival techniques of plants and animals found at Powdermill Nature Reserve. Learn about the strategies used by different trees and flowering plants that help them survive the winter, or produce offspring the following spring. Discover how some animals live through the cold winter. Take a walk, examine the trees, and look for evidence of animals.
Where’s Everybody Going?
Learn why we don’t see some plants and animals during winter and how they come back in spring. Examine plant seeds under a microscope, make your own plant and tree guide, and see how some animals hibernate. Then, walk through the woods to see trees in their winter state and look for evidence of animals!
Titanic… After Dark
Friday, December 14th, 6 – 10 p.m.
Tickets $15 ($13.50 for Members)
All aboard! Don your finery and take a journey on The Unsinkable Ship at Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Titanic… After Dark on Friday, December 14th from 6-10 p.m.
Join us for a night of titanic proportions as you learn more about The Wonder Ship and its ties to Pittsburgh. Get drawn like a French girl, meet historical experts, dance an Irish jig (on your tiptoes), and uncover museum specimens from the turn of the century. Enjoy themed drinks and light bites, participate in the Race to Save Yourself scavenger hunt, and dance the night away to tunes provided by DJ Bill Jakub of PVU Event Group!
$15 in Advance; $20 at the door; $13.50 for members
All After Dark guests must be at least 21 years old. Proper identification is required for a fun night at the museum, so all guests must show ID at the door. Parking at the museum’s six-level parking facility is available after 5 p.m. at a pay-on-entry fee of $7. Bar is CASH ONLY.
Titanic First Class Fast Pass
Upgrade your After Dark experience with Fast Pass! Jump the line with Fast Pass express check-in, and enjoy drinks from special Fast Pass-only bars throughout the museum.
Christina Grozinger, Penn State
Taking place in the Earth Theater