Past Expeditions

Totem Pole Journey to the Clean Energy Justice Convergence

Pittsburgh, PA

The Natural History Museum is pleased to co-produce a series of expeditions and events on the occasion of the 13th Clean Energy Ministerial in Pittsburgh on September 20-23, 2022. This work is dedicated to frontline communities and will shine a spotlight on the costs, health impacts and environmental devastation caused by extractive and fossil fuel-based energy initiatives.

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Petro-chemical Tour

I Beaver County, PA

Join Beaver County residents Bob Schmetzer and Terrie Baumgardner, both members of Beaver County Marcellus Awareness Community (BCMAC), for a tour of the petrochemical buildout in Beaver County, PA.

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Mon Valley Steel Tour

I 1 PM I Mon Valley, PA

This half-day tour will begin in Hazelwood in Pittsburgh, the site of the largest solar array in Pennsylvania, before traveling to two environmental justice communities.

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‘Spirit of the Waters’ Totem Pole Journey & Whale People Exhibit

@ various cities and Tribal Nations in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho

This May, Lummi carvers will transport an orca totem pole, salmon carvings, and our award-winning “Whale People” exhibit to communities throughout the Salish Sea and Snake River bioregion. The journey will draw attention to the extinction crisis facing Pacific Northwest salmon and orcas, and build support for the movement to remove the Snake River dams.

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Upcoming Expeditions

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Seneca Lake Fracking Infrastructure Tour

Date TBA Seneca Lake, NY

Seneca Lake is the largest body of fresh water wholly contained within the New York State. Its beauty is breathtaking, its water resource invaluable. But it has one other fairly unique physical feature. Under the lake are salt caverns, huge underground hollow expanses. A company called Crestwood is eyeing the caverns as a storage facility and transport hub for fracked gas. On this expedition we are joined by scientists familiar with the region’s unique geology and local activists who are fighting the proposed infrastructure project.

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Petro Coke Mountain Range Expedition

Date TBA Petro Coke Mountain Range

This expedition takes explorers to Detroit on The Natural History Museum’s bus. From there, we will travel by boat up the Calumet River to the Petro Coke mountain range. The visit will examine the mountain area as a habitat by speaking to locals about their experience of living in the region. Additionally, we will engage local scientists about the area as a natural environment.

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