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Full Schedule: Summer 2015 in Nature Lab: Meet the Experts

June 18, 2015

Filed under Learn @ Lunchtime, Nature Lab

The State Museum of Pennsylvania will offer visitors the opportunity to engage with museum curators and representatives of various Pennsylvania State agencies through its new “Summer 2015 in Nature Lab: Meet the Experts” series.

Specialists in fields ranging from archaeology to environmental protection will lead a variety of hands-on programs geared toward all ages and designed to educate visitors about the rich natural world of Pennsylvania.

Many of the programs in the series will be headed by representatives of state agencies including the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the State Library of Pennsylvania.

State Museum curators will direct other programs in the series.

Each 40-minute session will be hosted in Nature Lab, a new multipurpose demonstration lab adjacent to the natural history exhibits on the third floor of The State Museum. Nature Lab features live educational presentations, as well as interactive, hands-on learning experiences. Regular museum admission fees apply, unless otherwise noted.

Ten of the programs in the series will coincide with the museum’s well-attended Learn@Lunchtime series. Museum admission is free during the hours of Learn@Lunchtime, 11 AM to 1:30 PM.

Here’s a the complete schedule of the Summer 2015 in Nature Lab: Meet the Expert series:

  1. July 
  2. August

July 

Wednesday, July 1
1 pm
“A Snake of Many Colors”
See how the appearance of rat snakes reveals how they live and their habitats.
Dr. Walter Meshaka, Senior Curator, Zoology and Botany Section, The State Museum

Thursday, July 2
1 pm
“Who’s digging PA??? – Current Archaeology in Pennsylvania”
Find out about new collections coming to the State Museum’s Archaeology collection from state and federal projects.
Dave Burke, Curator, and Elizabeth Wagner, Curator, Archaeology Section, The State Museum

Friday, July 3
Staff holiday – No Program

Wednesday, July 8
1 pm
“When Biodiversity is Not a Good Thing”
A look at exotic species in Pennsylvania and their unintended impacts.
Dr. Walter Meshaka, Senior Curator, Zoology and Botany Section, The State Museum

Thursday, July 9
1 pm
“Chipped Stone and the Prehistoric Tool Box – Flint Knapping”
See how Native Americans made stone tools 16,000 years ago.
Dr. Kurt Carr, Senior Curator, and Melanie Mayhew, Curator, Archaeology Section, The State Museum

Friday, July 10 
11 am – 1:30 pm; presentation at 12:15 pm
“Exploring the Urban Environment”
Discover how – even in the most built environments – nature is not only found but adds to our experience.
Chris Kemmerer, Chief, Education and Interpretation, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Wednesday, July 15
1 pm
“Rocks from Space”
Explore meteorites and other intriguing items from The State Museum’s collections.
Sid Hostetter, Retired Science Educator, Collector, and Volunteer, Geology & Paleontology Section, The State Museum

Thursday, July 16
1 pm
“Groovin’ with Stone Axes”
Learn how grooved axes were manufactured and used by Native Americans 9,000 years ago.
Naomi Ulmer, Summer Intern (Penn State University), and Dr. Kurt Carr, Senior Curator of Archaeology, Archaeology Section, The State Museum

Friday, July 17 
1 pm
“Animal CSI”
Discover how conservation officers identify crimes against wildlife, track offenders, and protect the commonwealth’s great animal population.
Dan Lynch, Conservation Officer, Pennsylvania Game Commission

Wednesday, July 22
1 pm
“Islands in an Ocean of Forest”
See how vernal pools – often hidden in plain sight – reveal much about the woods of Pennsylvania by studying the salamanders and other amphibians who inhabit them.
Dr. Walter Meshaka, Senior Curator, Zoology and Botany Section, The State Museum

Thursday, July 23
10:30 am PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAM
STORYTIME: Scott Bills – “Eggs 1 2 3” (Book reading in Curiosity Connection at 10 am)

1 pm
“Pots of Clay and What They Say”
Discover how archaeologists analyze Native American pottery to determine how it was made and what its design tell us.
James Herbstritt, Curator, and Kimberly Sebestyen, Curator, Archaeology Section, The State Museum

Friday, July 24 
11 am – 1:30 pm; presentation at 12:15 pm
“Pennsylvania’s Amphibians & Reptiles”
Have you ever wondered what turtles, snakes, salamanders, lizards, frogs and toads live in Pennsylvania and where? A Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission biologist will provide a presentation with live amphibians and reptiles.
Chris Urban, Chief, Natural Diversity Division, PA Fish & Boat Commission

Wednesday, July 29
1 pm
“Rocks from Space”
Explore meteorites and other intriguing items from The State Museum’s collections.
Sid Hostetter, Retired Science Educator, Collector, and Volunteer, Geology & Paleontology Section, The State Museum

Thursday, July 30
10:30 am PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAM
STORYTIME Walter Meshaka: “Swirl by Swirl” (Book reading in Curiosity Connection at 10 am)
1 pm
“Forget Me Not – Labeling Artifacts for the Future”
Learn how museums curate archaeological specimens to preserve for research and interpretation.
Dr. Kurt Carr, Senior Curator, and Callista Holmes, Lab Manager, Archaeology Section, The State Museum

Friday, July 31 
1 pm
“Amazing Birds”
Experience an up-close encounter with fascinating feathers, wings, and eggs that reveal the remarkable behaviors of birds in Pennsylvania.
Scott Bills, Retired Conservation Officer, PA Game Commission

August

Wednesday, August 5

1 pm
“Frogs from North to South”
Green coats vs. gray coats: see how color distinguishes frogs and places them on the map.
Dr. Walter Meshaka, Senior Curator, Zoology and Botany Section, The State Museum

Thursday, August 6
1 pm
“Chipped Stone and the Prehistoric Tool Box – Flint Knapping”
See how Native Americans made stone tools 16,000 years ago.
Dr. Kurt Carr, Senior Curator, and Melanie Mayhew, Curator, Archaeology Section, The State Museum

Friday, August 7 
11 am – 1:30 pm; presentation at 12:15 pm
“Rachel Carson’s Peregrine Falcons”
Learn all about the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s exciting and successful 19-year Peregrine Falcon reintroduction program.
Presenters: Jack Farster and Ann Devine, Educators, PA Department of Environmental Protection

Wednesday, August 12
1 pm
“Animal CSI”
Discover how conservation officers identify crimes against wildlife, track offenders, and protect the commonwealth’s great animal population.
Dan Lynch, Conservation Officer, Pennsylvania Game Commission

Thursday, August 13
1 pm
“Who’s digging PA??? – Current Archaeology in Pennsylvania”
Find out about new collections coming to the State Museum’s Archaeology collection from state and federal projects.
Dave Burke, Curator, and Elizabeth Wagner, Curator, Archaeology Section, The State Museum

Friday, August 14 
1 pm
“Amazing Birds”
Experience an up-close encounter with a fascinating feathers, wings, and eggs that reveal the remarkable behaviors of birds in Pennsylvania.
Scott Bills, Retired Conservation Officer, PA Game Commission

Wednesday, August 19
1 pm
“What’s going on in the Carboniferous Forest?”
Get an insider’s glimpse of the amazing project underway to restore and refresh The State Museum’s popular 40 year-old immersive environment exhibit on the prehistoric coal age.
David Dunn, Director, The State Museum

Thursday, August 20
10:30 am PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAM
STORYTIME Walter Meshaka: “What the Sun Sees, What the Moon Sees” (Book reading in Curiosity Connection at 10 am)

1 pm
“It’s All about the Face: Effigies and Susquehannock Pottery”
Delve into the archaeological mystery of human faces depicted on Washington Boro-incised pots from 1550-1675 AD.
Janet Johnson, Curator, Dr. Kurt Carr, Senior Curator, Archaeology Section, The State Museum

Friday, August 21 
11 am – 1:30 pm; presentation at 12:15 pm
“Preserving Pennsylvania’s Natural History in Books”
State Library of Pennsylvania staff will display and describe the story of Pennsylvania’s natural history through rare and historic books and state documents. Learn how you can view the historic materials and get up to date journal articles on the very latest in natural history sciences with a few clicks of the mouse.
Dr. Iren Snavely, Rare Books Librarian, and Ellen Shenk, Librarian, The State Library o f Pennsylvania

Wednesday, August 26
1 pm
“Animal CSI”
Discover how conservation officers identify crimes against wildlife, track offenders, and protect the commonwealth’s great animal population.
Dan Lynch, Conservation Officer, Pennsylvania Game Commission

Thursday, August 27
1 pm
“Chipped Stone and the Prehistoric Tool Box – Flint Knapping”
See how Native Americans made stone tools 16,000 years ago.
Dr. Kurt Carr, Senior Curator, and Melanie Mayhew, Curator, Archaeology Section, The State Museum

Friday, August 28 
1 pm
“Amazing Birds”
Experience an up-close encounter with fascinating feathers, wings, and eggs that reveal the remarkable behaviors of birds in Pennsylvania.
Scott Bills, Retired Conservation Officer, PA Game Commission.

 

About Summer 2015 in Nature Lab: Meet the Experts
This summer, The State Museum of Pennsylvania will offer visitors the opportunity to engage with museum curators and representatives of various Pennsylvania State agencies through its new Summer 2015 in Nature Lab: Meet the Experts series. Specialists in fields ranging from archaeology to environmental protection will lead a variety of hands-on programs geared toward all ages and designed to educate visitors about the rich natural world of Pennsylvania. Nature Lab features live educational presentations, as well as interactive, hands-on learning experiences. Please visit the “Meet the Experts” page for a complete schedule of events.