Schools, Groups & Teachers

  • Field Trips
  • Zoomobile Outreach Program
  • 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:

      When you are ready to schedule a Learning Adventures program or a self-guided tour, 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 .

      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 2015
    • hedgehog2 w/kidsSafari Scholars is a special educational opportunity for Homeschooled and Cyber-Schooled students ages 5-12. Fall 2015 dates are:

      October 5
      October 19
      November 2
      November 16
      Time:  12:30pm - 3:00pm

      Fees:  Member student $36/Member parent $20/Additional member student from the same family $28 each
      Non-member student $68/Non-member parent $36/Additional non-member student from the same family $52 each
      Fees are for all four sessions.  Parent participation is optional, not mandatory. 

      Members:  you must sign in after you click the registration button below in order to receive the discounted rate. Members are recognized by their contact information (email, address, phone) and not by member number. Member discounts will appear in your cart. Please contact the Membership Department at 412-365-2534 with membership questions or to update your contact information prior to registering online.

      Registration for 2015 is closed. 

      Ages 5&6 - What's That Habitat
      Life in the wild is all about survival!  Learn how animals use their looks, movement, senses, and other unique characteristics to find food and stay safe.

      Ages 7-9 - Vertebrate Variety
      Students in these classes will learn the distinguishing characteristics of the five vertebrate groups:  fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and birds.

      Ages 10-12 - Working Wild
      Students will explore the careers available at the Zoo.  Emphasis will be placed on animal related careers such as zookeepers, veterinarians, and researchers. 

  • 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. 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. 
      Winter/Spring 2016 Teacher Workshops

      Aquatic Wonders
      Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 9am-3pm
      $45 per person.  Please note:  you must be a teacher to attend

      Explore the physical characteristics of different marine ecosystems including coral reefs, deep sea, and the polar regions.  This hands-on workshop will focus on the unique adaptations of the marine life found in these varied habitats.  Please dress appropriately for the weather.  This is a rain or shine event, and many activities take place outdoors.

      Click here for the workshop packet.  Registration is closed for the Aquatic Wonders workshop. 

      It Started with an Egg
      Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 9am-3pm
      $45 per person.  Please note:  you must be a teacher to attend
      Eggs aren't just for breakfast!  This hands-on workshop will focus on ways to introduce your students to the egg-straordinary structure and function of eggs and the diversity of the animals that lay them.  Please dress appropriately for the weather.  This is a rain or shine event, and many activities take place outdoors.
      Click here for the workshop packet.
      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