HARRISBURG, Pa., March 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The State Museum of Pennsylvania will offer special day camps in July focusing on fossils and archaeology.
Fossil Day Camp will highlight the exciting new paleontology exhibit, "Life through Time," which features the museum's recently restored Marshalls Creek mastodon. Led by museum educators and offering hands-on activities, day campers will explore the adjacent Dino Lab and learn about fossils and how paleontologists perform their scientific work.
A second day camp focusing on archaeology and Native Americans will also be offered. Archaeology/Native American Camp will employ hands-on activities to investigate early Native American communities in Pennsylvania and demonstrate how we learn about their lives through the museum's archaeology program.
"Fossil Camp was inaugurated last July and was a big hit with our young audiences," says David Dunn, State Museum Director. "We are certain that campers will enjoy the opportunity to see archaeology collections up close and learn first-hand about how we conduct research on Native American cultures in Pennsylvania."
Fossil Day Camp will be offered Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, July 18, 19, and 20, for children ages 9 to 12 years old.
Archaeology/Native Americans Camp will be offered Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, July 25, 26, and 27, for children ages 7 to 10 years old.
Both camps are one-day courses, held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $30 per child, $25 per child for State Museum Affiliate Members. Reservations for the summer day camps may be made by calling 717-772-6997. Spaces are limited.
The State Museum of Pennsylvania, adjacent to the State Capitol in Harrisburg, is one of 25 historic sites and museums administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission as part of the Pennsylvania Trails of History®. The State Museum offers expansive collections interpreting Pennsylvania's fascinating heritage. With exhibits examining the dawn of geologic time, the Native American experience, the colonial and revolutionary era, a pivotal Civil War battleground, and the Commonwealth's vast industrial age, The State Museum demonstrates that Pennsylvania's story is America's story.
For more information about the museum, visit www.statemuseumpa.org.
Media contact: Howard Pollman, 717-705-8639
SOURCE Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission