National Parks Adventure Day at the Carnegie Science Center

Adult and two kids talking to a park ranger at a table.  Table covered with items

Exploring the National Parks of Western Pennsylvania Discovery Table

NPS/Brendan Wilson

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On Saturday February 13, 2016 the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh hosted National Parks Adventure Day as a kick-off for the release of the new National Parks Adventure IMAX movie. Park Rangers and volunteers from all five of the National Parks of Western Pennsylvania (Allegheny Portage Railroad NHS, Flight 93 NMEM, Fort Necessity NB, Friendship Hill NHS, and Johnstown Flood NMEM) partnered with the Carnegie Science Center and REI to offer a wide variety of National Parks fun.

The Carnegie Science Center stations included:  Build Your Own National Park, National Park Green Screen (visitors could take pictures with a green screen and put themselves into a National Park scene,) Animal Print Make &Take, and Make Your Own Park Ranger badge in their 3-D printing lab.

National Park Service activities included:  a National Parks of Western Pennsylvania Discovery Table, rope making, wampum bracelet making, Victorian Steroviews (3D), and decorating a Flight 93 tribute wreath.

The day was a huge success. With frigid temperatures and snow flurries swirling outside, it was the perfect day for some inside "outdoors" adventure! Rangers engaged directly with 2000+ visitors of all ages, helping people explore their National Parks and generating lots of interest in the local National Park Service sites and the NPS Centennial. It was an amazing and exciting day for everyone!

There are already plans in the works for more events with the Carnegie Science Center, including STEM/STEAM programs, throughout 2016 and beyond. This is part of a continuing effort to reach out to and engage with the Pittsburgh community and help them find their local National Parks.