Schools, Groups & Teachers

  • Field Trips
  • Zoomobile Outreach Program
    • outreachLet the Zoo Come to You!
      Zoomobile programs offer participants the opportunity to meet zoo animals without leaving their school or location. Groups of all kinds, including school groups, adult and senior groups, youth groups, and summer camps, as well as community event organizers are welcome to schedule a Zoomobile outreach program. Sorry, we cannot schedule birthday party outreaches.

      Please review the following brochures for complete program offerings, program details, and pricing information:

      When you are ready to schedule an outreach program, please complete a Zoomobile Reservation Form. Contact the Education Reservations department at 412-365-2528 or with any questions. Sorry, online registration is not available for Zoomobile outreach programs.

      Head Start Centers:  United Way Contributor's Choice would like to bring the Zoo to you.  You are eligible for a 25% discount on the preschool fees listed on the Preschool Outreach Programs link above.  Please indicate your status as a Head Start program on the reservation form in the space provided.  Funds are limited.

      Due to the popularity of our Zoomobile outreaches, we are no longer taking reservations for July 2016. August dates are limited.  We are currently taking reservations for the 2016-17 school year through April 14, 2017.

      The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is proud to partner with the Shop 'n Save SEED Program to offer the following programs:
  • Colleges
    • Polar Pajama Overnight Behind the scenes experiences are offered to college and university groups, as well as technical schools, from September-April. 
      Please review the following brochure for complete program offerings:
      We are now taking reservations for September, 2016, through April, 2017. 
      When you are ready to schedule your visit, please refer to the field trip PDF for all the information you need about our policies and procedures as well as the field trip reservation form (page 7 for college groups).

      Please contact the Education Reservations department at 412-365-2528 or with any questions.

      Sorry, online registration is not available for Learning Adventure Programs.

  • Special Needs
    • rpdoorThe Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is proud to offer free admission to special needs organizations. Please download the field trip PDF for information about your group's visit along with all of the forms you will need to schedule your trip. Special needs group information begins on page 1 of the PDF.



  • Homeschool - Safari Scholars Fall 2016
    • hedgehog2 w/kidsSafari Scholars is a special educational opportunity for Homeschooled and Cyber-Schooled students ages 5-12.

      Please check back soon for Fall 2016 dates and registration information.

  • Scout Workshops
    • icegirlWe are proud to offer programs for Scout groups, including brand-new offerings for Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts, and programs for Tigers, Wolves, Bears, Webelos, and Boy Scouts. Please read over the Scout PDF for information for all of the options available for Scouts.  Scout workshops can be scheduled for any day, including days off from school, based on availability.  Please list as many dates as possible on your registration form.  For information about Scout overnights, please visit our overnights page.


  • Teacher Workshops
    • Teacher workshops at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium are designed to empower educators with innovative and exciting strategies to teach about animals and the conservation of their fragile habitats. Our workshops utilize a multidisciplinary approach that teachers will find easy to incorporate into their curricula. Zoo tours, bio-facts, live animal visits, and make-and-take art projects will guarantee an enriching learning experience. The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is a Pennsylvania Department of Education Act 48 Approved Provider.
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      If you have a credit voucher you would like to use as payment, you must register by mail. Please complete a registration form and return it with a copy of your credit voucher to the address on the bottom of the form. If you are not using a credit voucher please register online.  There are no refunds for this program. 

      Please check back soon for more workshops.


      Customized workshops, either at the Zoo or your facility, can be scheduled.  Please email Mark Reardon at if you are interested in creating your own workshop.

      The Zoo has been providing teacher education programs since 1988 and has facilitated hundreds of teacher workshops on a variety of topics, including biodiversity, wetlands, endangered species, primates and animal behavior research. All of the Zoo's workshops have been developed with the needs of teachers in mind, and all have incorporated Pennsylvania State Standards for Ecology and the Environment and Pennsylvania State Standards for Science and Technology.
  • Teacher Resources/Project Polar Bear Contest