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 - Please note:  Zoo Life programs are no longer available for this school year.
      Summer (All Ages)

      Reserve a Field Trip

      Please review our 2017 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 calling 412-365-6013 to purchase Zoovenirs. You may also pre-order bagged lunches for your group by calling 412-365-6003.

      Learning Adventure/Self-Guided Registration

      Zoo Life:  A Behind the Scenes Look (Gr. 7-12) is no longer available for this school year!
      The only Learning Adventures program offered in the summer is Wonders of Wildlife in the afternoon.

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

      College groups please click on the green Colleges tab below to register online. 


      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

      We are no longer accepting reservations for the 2016-17 school year. 
      Evening programs and "Take Your Child to Work Day" programs are not available.

      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 no longer accepting reservations for the 2016-17  school year. We are only accepting requests for summer Wonders of Wildlife and 2017-18 school year and adult programs at this time.  Evening programs and "Take Your Child to Work Day" 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 no loger taking reservations for College Learning Adventures this semester.  Self-guided tours are still available.

      Behind the scenes experiences are offered to college and university groups, as well as technical schools, from September, 2017 - April, 2018 with three weeks notice.  These programs are designed for college students; no younger participants are permitted to attend. 

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

      Reserve Your Trip

      Print and mail-in form



      We are no longer scheduling Backstage Pass and Animal Encounters programs for this semester (through April, 2017).  Self-guided tours can still be scheduled, as well as tours for next school year/semester beginning in September, 2017. 

      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 in the Fall
    • 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. 

      2017 Fall Semester 

      Please check back in the summer for Fall dates. 
  • 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.

      Polar Blast
      Saturday, February 18

      Explore one of the most extreme climates on Earth!  This workshop will focus on activities that will help your students discover how polar creatures manage to survive in their icy habitat.  Many activities will take place outside.  Please dress appropriately for the weather.

      Click here for the packet for this workshop.

      Polar Blast Workshop



      Please check back in the summer for fall 2017 teacher 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