Students in middle school and high school can become a part of the Zoo’s research team in the KidScience program, take in-depth classes through Zoo U., learn what it means to be a zookeeper through Keeper Interactions, or volunteer with the Zoo through the summer Zoo Teens program. Explore the tabs below to learn more about each exciting program.
KidScience is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. Applicants will be interviewed in Summer 2017, and classes will begin in early October.Read about KidScience in a PBS NOVA Science Education Article
KidScience is a year-long program designed to introduce middle school students to methods and principles related to conservation biology. KidScience students become part of the Zoo's research team, and get hands-on experience doing real animal behavior research. Through this program, students gain an understanding of research methods and skills, cooperation, teamwork, environmental stewardship, and are exposed to animal- and science-related careers. Activities include classroom lessons, data collection and analysis, behind-the-scenes tours, research projects, and animal encounters. KidScience activities also meet many of the Pennsylvania Department of Education Academic Standards as well as the National Science Education Standards.
Students who will be in grades 6, 7, or 8 in October may apply. As KidScience is designed to be a two-year program, most students return the following year.
Classes are held every other Saturday throughout the school year (October through May), followed by a three week summer session. Classes are four hours long and can be attended in a morning session from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. or an afternoon session from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Annual tuition is $555 for Members and $695 for non-members. A limited number of scholarships are available to those who qualify. Click here to download a scholarship application.
To apply, please download a KidScience application and a reference form. The application will need to be accompanied by a one-page essay (further instructions are available on the form). Two references are needed, so the reference form will needed to be printed and completed twice. Once completed, please mail these forms to:
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Attn: KidScience Coordinator
One Wild Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Applicants will be contacted in the summer, once all application materials are received, to set up a personal interview with the KidScience Coordinator. Sorry, online registration is not available for the KidScience program.
For more information, please contact email@example.com or 412-365-2567.
KidScience students also receive two Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium KidScience T-shirts, discounts at all Zoo restaurants and gift shops, 10 free Zoo passes for family and friends, and free admission during regular Zoo hours.
Fall 2017 Courses will be announced in late summer, and they will run on Saturdays throughout the fall.
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412-365-2567.
Rescue, Rehab, Release
The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium partners with many organizations, both locally and worldwide, in the recovery, rehabilitation, and release of injured animals. The course will take students on an inspiring journey as they explore the rehabilitative process first-hand through meetings with wildlife professionals and the injured animals they are determined to save. One session of the course will take place at the Humane Animal Rescue Wildlife Center in Verona, where students will witness wildlife rehabilitation on a local level (Thursday, August 3rd, students will be responsible for their own transportation).
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Tropical rainforests are some of the most diverse and fascinating ecosystems in the world. Students will investigate tropical rainforest ecology, including threats and conservation efforts, through tours, lessons, and class activities. Students will meet amazing rainforest creatures, including some of the newest members of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium family, in the Jungle Odyssey habitat. One session of the course will take place at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden (Wednesday, August 2nd, students responsible for their own transportation).
Days and Time: Monday, July 31st through Friday, August 4th
1 pm – 3 pm
Location: Classroom in the Former Research/Graphics Building, next to the PPG Aquarium
Cost: $140 members, $165 non-members
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
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 email@example.com for more information.
Zoo U. classes change each semester, so there is sure to be a course that interests you. Recent classes topics include Marine Biology, Primatology, Introduction to Animal Behavior, Career Exploration, and more. Check back regularly to learn about new Zoo U. opportunities.