Zoo U.

Our Zoo U. program offers semester-based courses that allow high school students to explore new areas of science and conservation in a fun and exciting way. Zoo UZoo U. students take an in-depth look at current research and theories in the fields of zoology, biology, ecology, and more. Classes are designed to be interactive and challenging for students in grades 9 to 12. If you are in grades 6 to 8, check out KidScience middle school program.

Any interested high school student in grades 9-12 may apply. A limited number of scholarships are available for those who qualify.

For more information, email mrevak@pittsburghzoo.org or call 412-365-2567.

Spring 2014 Courses Include:

 

Tropical Ecology
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This course will introduce students to the species, habitats, and adaptations of some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world! The course will examine the flora and fauna of rain forests, coral reefs, grasslands, and mangroves that can be found within the tropics. Students will also explore the human impact on tropical habitats and species, and they will discuss conservation issues facing various tropical locales. The class will include active discussion, class projects, and tours of the tropical locations and species within the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

Days: Course meets for six Saturday class sessions: March 1, March 15, March 29, April 12, April 26, and May 10

Time: 9-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m.

Fee: $155 for Zoo Members; $180 for non-members

Location: Classroom 4 in the Education Complex

 

Spring classes are full. Summer classes will be announced in May.


The Bear Factspolar bear 19

In this course, students will take an in-depth look at bears in order to reveal the truth about them and dispel the age-old myths. Students will examine such topics as: bear hibernation, social and mating structures, human-bear interactions, and more. Students will learn about the various bear species, including a discussion of bear evolution, anatomy & physiology, habitat requirements, and behavior. Through class discussions, tours, and projects, students will learn about the threats facing these animals today and the conservation efforts being instituted to save them.

Days: Course meets for six Saturday class sessions: March 1, March 15, March 29, April 12, April 26, and May 10

Time: 11a.m.-1p.m. OR 3-5p.m.

Fee: $155 for Zoo Members; $180 for non-members
Location: Classroom 4 in the Education Complex

Spring classes are full. Summer classes will be announced in May.



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Whether you have a great idea for a research project or you want to conduct a study at the Zoo for a school or science fair project, the Independent Study option may be for you. Through Independent Study, you will work independently, but guidance from staff and keepers will help you complete the project.

Requirements: Any student undertaking independent study must check in with staff at least twice a month and make adequate progress prior to each meeting. A final paper/project must be produced by a reasonable deadline.

Day & Time: To be determined on an as-needed basis.

Cost: Free to those enrolled in other Zoo U. Courses

Zoo U. classes change each semester, so there is sure to be a course that interests you! Recent classes topics include Marine Biology, Big Cats, Island Ecology, Career Exploration, and more. Check back regularly to learn about new Zoo U. opportunities.

Current or past Zoo U. students who are in 11th or 12th grade are also eligible to compete for the annual Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium Conservation Leadership Award, a $500 college scholarship for an outstanding community conservation project. Please contact Mandy Revak email mrevak@pittsburghzoo.org. for more information.