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Summer 2016 Nature Lab Series

May 23, 2016

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Nature Lab

The State Museum of Pennsylvania offers visitors the opportunity to engage with museum curators and representatives of various Pennsylvania State agencies through its “Summer 2016  Nature Lab: Meet the Experts” series. Programs in the series will be headed by representatives of various 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 State Museum curators.

Specialists in fields ranging from archaeology to environmental protection will lead a variety of programs geared toward all ages. Programs will feature Pennsylvania’s rich natural environment and habitats. Each session will be hosted in Nature Lab adjacent to the natural history exhibits on the third floor of The State Museum. These  presentations are included with general admission to The Museum.

Thursday, June 16th 11 am – Noon
Chipped Stone and the Prehistoric Tool Box
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 of Pennsylvania

Friday, June 17th 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Animal Tracks and Scat
Animal tracks leave us clues to understand how they live. Learn how to read the signs and tracks that animals leave behind.
Wildlife Education Specialist Dan Lynch, Pennsylvania Game Commission

Wednesday, June 22nd  11:30 am – Noon
Pennsylvania Wildlife
From frogs, to salamanders, to turtles and more! Come learn about Pennsylvania wildlife.
Dr. Walter Meshaka, Senior Curator, Zoology and Botany Section, The State Museum of Pennsylvania

Thursday, June 23rd 11 am – Noon
Forget Me Not – Labeling Artifacts for the Future
Learn how museums curate archaeological specimens to preserve for research and interpretation.
Andrea Carr and Callista Holmes, Lab Managers, Archaeology Section, The State Museum of Pennsylvania

Friday, June 24th 11:30- 12:15 pm
Cricket Gravity
Have you ever watched crickets jump?  Learn about how crickets defy gravity by being uniquely adapted for jumping.
Wildlife Education Specialist Dan Lynch, Pennsylvania Game Commission

Wednesday, June 29th 11:30 am – Noon
Pennsylvania Wildlife
From frogs, to salamanders, to turtles and more! Come learn about Pennsylvania wildlife.
Dr. Walter Meshaka, Senior Curator, Zoology and Botany Section, The State Museum of Pennsylvania

Thursday, June 30th 11 am – Noon
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 of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, July 6th 11:30 am – Noon
Pennsylvania Wildlife
From frogs, to salamanders, to turtles and more! Come learn about Pennsylvania wildlife.
Dr. Walter Meshaka, Senior Curator, Zoology and Botany Section, The State Museum of Pennsylvania

Thursday, July 7th 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
It’s all about the face
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 of Pennsylvania

Friday, July 8th 11:30 am – 12:15 am
Rachel Carson’s Peregrine Falcons
Learn all about the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s exciting and successful 20-year Peregrine Falcon reintroduction program.

Wednesday, July 13th 11:30 am – Noon
Pennsylvania Wildlife
From frogs, to salamanders, to turtles and more! Come learn about Pennsylvania wildlife.
Dr. Walter Meshaka, Senior Curator, Zoology and Botany Section, The State Museum of Pennsylvania

Thursday, July 14th 11:30 am – 12:30 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 of Pennsylvania

Friday, July 15th 11:30-12:15
Skull Game
Come take a look at how skulls can tell you a lot about the animals that they come from.
Linda Powell, Museum Educator, Education Department, The State Museum of Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, July 20th 11:30 am – Noon
Pennsylvania Wildlife
From frogs, to salamanders, to turtles and more! Come learn about Pennsylvania wildlife.
Dr. Walter Meshaka, Senior Curator, Zoology and Botany Section, The State Museum of Pennsylvania

Thursday, July 21st 11:30 am – 12:30 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 of Pennsylvania

Friday, July 22nd 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Rocks in our Daily Life
See how humans have adapted and used rocks and minerals to enhance our environment. Explore examples of many of these rocks and see the surprising places we find them in our daily lives.
Cherie Trimble, Museum Educator, The State Museum of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, July 27th 11:30 am – Noon
Pennsylvania Wildlife
From frogs, to salamanders, to turtles and more! Come learn about Pennsylvania wildlife.
Dr. Walter Meshaka, Senior Curator, Zoology and Botany Section, The State Museum of Pennsylvania

Thursday, July 28th 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Forget Me Not – Labeling Artifacts for the Future
Learn how museums curate archaeological specimens to preserve for research and interpretation.
Andrea Carr and Callista Holmes, Lab Managers, Archaeology Section, The State Museum of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, August 3rd 11:30 am – Noon
Pennsylvania Wildlife
From frogs, to salamanders, to turtles and more! Come learn about Pennsylvania wildlife.
Dr. Walter Meshaka, Senior Curator, Zoology and Botany Section, The State Museum of Pennsylvania

Thursday, August 4th 11:30-12:15
Mammals of Mammal Hall
Join us to learn more about Pennsylvania native mammals: American Beaver, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, and White Tail Deer.
Linda Powell, Museum Educator, Education Department, The State Museum of Pennsylvania.

Friday, August 5th 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
 What is happening in Mammal Hall?
Come join our experts to find out what is happening in our Mammal Hall Renovations.
Beth Hager, Acting Director, The State Museum of Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, August 10th 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
 Paleontology
Come and learn about current research in Paleontology.
Steve Jasinski, Acting Curator of Paleontology and Geology, The State Museum of Pennsylvania.

Thursday, August 11th 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Amazing Birds
Experience an up-close encounter with fascinating feathers, wings, and eggs that reveal the remarkable behaviors of Pennsylvania birds.
Scott Bills, Retired Conservation Officer, Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Friday, August 12th 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Birds and Their Beaks
Experience a hands-on demonstration to explore how birds beaks have adapted over time to suit the different types of food they eat.
Cherie Trimble, Museum Educator, The State Museum of Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, August 17th 11:30 am – 12:15 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  of Pennsylvania.

Thursday, August 18th 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Amazing Birds
Experience an up-close encounter with fascinating feathers, wings, and eggs that reveal the remarkable behaviors of Pennsylvania birds.
Scott Bills, Retired Conservation Officer, Pennsylvania Game Commission.