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This Week in Nature Lab    

Islands in an Ocean of Forest

Wednesday, July 22, 1 pm

See how vernal pools – often hidden in plain sight – reveal much about the woods of Pennsylvania by studying the salamanders and other amphibians that inhabit them.
  • Dr. Walter Meshaka, Senior Curator, Zoology and Botany Section, The State Museum


Thursday, July 23
Join retired Wildlife Conservation Officer Scott Bills to learn about eggs in Nature Lab following a reading of the book Eggs, 1,2,3: Who Will the Babies Be? (Janet Halfmann, author).  The book reading begins at 10 am on the ground floor in Curiosity Connection, followed by Mr. Bills' activity for preschoolers in Nature Lab on the 3rd floor starting at about 10:30 am.
Pots of Clay and What They Say                                                                   
Thursday,  July 23, 1 pm

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
Pennsylvania’s Amphibians & Reptiles

Friday, July 24
11 am–1:30 pm Learn at Lunchtime
Presentation at 12:15 pm

Have you ever wondered what turtles, snakes, salamanders, lizards, frogs and toads live in Pennsylvania and where?  Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission biologists will provide a presentation with live amphibians and reptiles.
  • Chris Urban, Chief, Natural Diversity Division, PA Fish & Boat Commission
For a complete list of
"Meet the Experts" programs for summer 2015, see

Free with museum admission.  Always free for museum members!
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