Schools, Groups & Teachers

  • Field Trips
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      Learning Adventures Programs

      The Zoo offers a wide variety of options for your group's field trip. With tailored options for age groups from preschool to college level, your school, organization, or recreational group can plan an exciting experience for your Zoo outing.

      Please review the following brochures for complete Learning Adventures program offerings:

      Grades 1-3
      Grades 4-6
      Grades 7-12
      Summer (All Ages)

      Reserve a Field Trip

      Please review our Learning Adventures pricing and information prior to reserving:

      Field Trip Policies and Procedures (Mail-in Form)

      When scheduling Learning Adventures programs, please be sure to list as many date choices as possible. We cannot always accommodate your first choice of dates, so please be sure that all dates listed are acceptable choices for your group. May is our busiest month for school groups.

      Reward students with a lasting memento of their fun-filled field trip by reserving ZOOvenirs. You may also pre-order Bagged Lunches for your group.

      Learning Adventure/Self-Guided Registration

      For self-guided tours, please leave the Learning Adventures section of the form blank.

      College Group Registration


      For questions or concerns, please contact our Education Reservation department via e-mail or call us at 412-365-2528.

  • Zoomobile Outreach Program
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      Let 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. We're sorry, but we cannot schedule birthday party outreaches or evening programs at this time.

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

      Grades K-12

      Reserve the Zoomobile

      Mail-In Form


      Discounts and Special Programs

      Head Start Centers - You are eligible for a 25% discount on fees associated with the Preschool Outreach Program, courtesy of United Way Contributor's Choice, who would like to bring the Zoo to you. Please indicate your status as a Head Start program on the reservation form. Funds are limited.


      The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium is proud to partner with the Shop 'n Save SEED Program to offer the following programs:

      Preschool SEED Programs  
      Grades K-12 SEED Programs


      Current Announcements

      We are currently accepting reservations for the 2016-2017  school year, through April 14, 2017.  Evening programs are not available.

      Contact Us

      For any questions or concerns, please contact our Education Reservations Department via e-mail or call us at 412-365-2528.

  • Colleges
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      College Learning Adventures

      We are now taking reservations for College Learning Adventures for September 2016 through April 2017.

      Behind the scenes experiences are offered to college and university groups, as well as technical schools, from September - April.

      Please review our field trip information (see Page 7) prior to reserving your trip.

      Reserve Your Trip

      Print and mail-in form



      Contact Us

      For questions or concerns, please contact our Education Reservations Department via e-mail at or call us at 412-365-2528.

  • Special Needs
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      The 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
    • hedgehog2 w/kidsSafari Scholars is a special educational opportunity for Homeschooled and Cyber-Schooled students ages 5-12. Students learn about animals, conservation, and
      environmental issues through interactive lessons in inquiry-based classes. 
      Classes will include animal presentations, touch tables with biofacts, and special
      tours.  Students will be grouped in different classrooms according to age.  Please
      be sure to register for the appropriate age group for your child.  Parents will
      receive a lesson plan of each class for their records, and children will receive a
      Certificate of Participation at the conclusion of the 4th class. 

      2016 Fall Semester
      Registration is now closed for all age groups

      October 3, October 17, November 7, & November 21
      Fees:  Members - $48/student, $32/each additional student from the same family
      Non-Members - $68/student, $52/each additonal student from the same family
      Registration includes all 4 classes. Registration is closed.

      Ages 5&6 (no younger students, please)
      Amazing Adaptations
      Animals have some funny and unique ways that help them survive in the wild.  Learn how animals use
      appearance, movement, and their five senses to find food and stay safe. Registration is closed.
      Ages 7-9
      ZSI:  Zoo Scene Investigation
      Get ready to play detective as we investigate animal clues and attempt to unravel some fascinating
      mystery of nature. Registration is closed.
      Ages 10-12
      Animal Behavior
      Take the scientific method out of the textbook and put it into practice in this hands-on exploration into
      animal behavior.  By studying animal behavior, researchers are able to better understand why animals
      do the things they do. Registration is closed.  

  • 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.  Refunds will be issued only if we cancel the program.

      Teacher Workshop Fee:  $50/person
      You must be a teacher to register. 
      All workshops run from 9:00am until 3:30pm. 
      Please dress appropriately for the weather; many activities take place
      outside.  Workshops are rain or shine events.

      Savanna Safari
      Saturday, September 24, 2016

      Eat or be eaten describes life on the African savanna.  This workshop will focus on how these animals find what they need to survive through activities that will help your students discover their place in the great circle of life.

      Click here for the workshop packet. 

      Savanna Safari Registration


      Bats, Bugs, and Things That Go BUMP! In the Night
      Saturday, October 15, 2016

      Do bats really drink blood?  Do wolves really howl at the moon?  This hands-on workshop will help you help your students separate fact from fiction as we focus on amazingly creepy creatures.

      Click here for the workshop packet.

      Bats, Bugs Registration



      Zoo Books
      Saturday, November 12, 2016

      A good book can take you to the searing African plains or the heart of the rainforest.  This workshop will focus on ways to use children's literature to spark your students' interest in the natural sciences and foster a love for reading.

      Click here for the workshop packet.

      Zoo Books Registration



      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.
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