Pittsburgh Zoo Wildlife Academy

Wildlife Academy

Welcome to 2017 Fall/Winter Wildlife Academy!  We offer a wide range of fun, educational, and interactive programs for all ages - infants to adults.  Some of our programs are old favorites, and some are being offered for the first time.  There's something for everyone!  We hope to see you soon!

Online registration is available for all programs.  To mail-in your registration with payment, please click here.

Wildlife Academy Programs

Introduce your child to a world of wildlife and wonder through exciting Wildlife Academy programs designed just for infants and toddlers. Story Time participants will meet animals and listen to stories and songs.  Cub Club (age 2) and Zoo Tots (age 3) participants will meet animals and make wildlife-themed crafts while they learn about nature through songs and stories. Fees and times are listed below.  Please note the age requirements for each class as only registered children of the appropriate age will be admitted. We ask that you do not bring younger children or infants to Cub Club or Zoo Tot programs and only register for one session of each topic.  These are interactive programs, meant for children and their accompanying adults to enjoy together.  For this reason, we kindly ask that you refrain from cell phone use during the program for any reason other than taking photos. 

Story Time at the Zoo
Ages infant - 5 years
Fee: Members $5/person age 2 and older; Non-members $10/person age 2 and older
Participants under the age of 2 are free and do not need to be registered.

This exciting class series is a great way for your child to meet new friends and experience the natural world through story time.  These 30 minute classes provide a gentle introduction to zoo animals.  Register for one, two, or all three sessions.

Monday, October 9
Monday, November 6
Monday, December 4
10:00 am - 10:30 am

Story Time Registration

Cub Club
Age 2
Fee:  Members $13; Non-members $19
Fee includes one child and one adult; one additional child or adult can be added for $8.  Only children of appropriate age; no infants, younger or older children please. 

Forest Friends - Age 2
Focus:  Backyard animals
10:00 am - 10:45 am

Thursday, September 21
Saturday, September 23

Forest Friends Registration

Fur, Feathers & Scales - Age 2
Focus:  Animal textures
10:00 am - 10:45 am

Thursday, October 12
Friday, October 13
Saturday, October 14
Sunday, October 15

Fur, Feathers & Scales Registration

Under the Sea in the PPG Aquarium - Age 2
Focus:  Ocean animals
10:00 am - 10:45 am

Thursday, November 2
Friday, November 3
Saturday, November 4
Sunday, November 5

Under the Sea Registration

Five Little Monkeys - Age 2
Focus:  Counting
10:00 am - 10:45 am

Thursday, November 30
Friday, December 1
Saturday, December 2
Sunday, December 3

Five Little Monkeys Registration


Zoo Tots
Age 3
Fee:  Members $16; Non-members $22
Fee includes one child and one adult; one additional child or adult can be added for $8.  Only children of appropriate age; no infants, younger or older children please. 

Zoo Moves - Age 3
Focus:  Animal movement
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Wednesday, October 18
Friday, October 20
Monday, October 23

Zoo Moves Registration

The Tortoise and the Hare - Age 3
Focus:  Animals from the popular children's fairy tale
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Wednesday, November 15
Friday, November 17
Saturday, November 18
Sunday, November 19

The Tortoise & the Hare Registration

Trekking Through the Tropics - Age 3
Focus:  Tropical rainforests
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Wednesday, December 6
Friday, December 8
Saturday, December 9
Sunday, December 10

Trekking Through the Tropics Registration

Zoo Kids
Ages 4 & 5 - child with adult

Fee: Members $16, Non-members $22
Fee includes one child and one adult; one additional child or adult can be added for $8.  Only children of appropriate age; no infants, younger or older children please. 

Wildlife Painted Pumpkins - Age 4 & 5
BYOP - bring your own pumpkin that's large enough to paint, but small enough to carry if wet
Focus:  Creepy creatures
10:00am - 11:00am

Thursday, October 26
Friday, October 27
Monday, October 30

Wildlife Painted Pumpkins Registration


Come Play with Me - Age 4 & 5
Focus:  Animal playtime
Class times vary, please see below.

Thursday, November 16          10:00 am - 11:00 am
Friday, November 17              10:00 am - 11:00 am
Saturday, November 18          10:00 am - 11:00 am
Sunday, November 19              1:00 pm -  2:00 pm

Come Play with Me Registration

For Goodness Snakes - Age 4 & 5
Focus: Snakes
Class times vary, please see below.

Thursday, December 14           10:00 am - 11:00 am
Friday, December 15               10:00 am - 11:00 am
Saturday, December 16           10:00 am - 11:00 am
Sunday, December 17               1:00 pm -  2:00 pm

For Goodness Snakes Registration

Zoo Kids
Ages 6 & 7 - child only
Fee:  Members $21; Non-members $27
Class times vary, please see below.

When I Grow Up
Focus:  Zoo careers

Saturday, November 11            10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday, November 12               1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

When I Grow Up Registration

Ages 8 & 9 - child only
Fee:  Members $21; Non-members $27
Class times vary, please see below.

Animal Myth Busters
Focus:  Animal fact vs. fiction

Saturday, November 11            10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday, November 12               1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Animal Myth Busters Registration

Ages 10 - 12 - child only
Fee:  Members $21; Non-members $27
Class times vary, please see below.

Spotlight:  Penguins
Focus:  Penguins

Saturday, November 11            10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday, November 12               1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Spotlight: Penguins Registration

Adult Programs are for ages 13 and up.

Planes, Trains, and Zoomobiles
Fee:  Members $26; Non-members $32
Saturday, October 14
10:30 am - 12:00 pm


"How do you move an elephant?  How do you transport a shark?"  Come meet Heather Terrell, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium's registrar, and learn how our animals get from there to here, and here to there.  Meet some of our animal ambassadors, and enjoy light refreshments as Heather shares her most amazing and entertaining animal transport stories.

Planes, Trains, and Zoomobiles Registration

Nature's Wreath
Fee:  Members $64; Non-members $70
Saturday, December 2
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm


One of our most popular programs is back for the holiday season.  The Zoo's talented horticulturists will offer guidance as you create a decorative masterpiece to enliven your holiday decor.  Wreaths (measuring approx 24 inches), embellishments, and light refreshments are included.  Feel free to bring any additonal adornments and hand pruners, if you'd like.  Space is limited to 25 participants. 

Nature's Wreath Registration





 

Parents' Night Out
Ages 4-11
Fee:  Members $32/child, $10 for each additonal sibling; Non-members $38/child, $16 for each additional sibling
Saturday, October 7 & Saturday, December 16
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Looking for more than just a babysitter?  Plan a special evening out while your kids enjoy a fun-filled night at the Zoo!  Activities include a pizza dinner followed by animal encounters, tours, games and a craft, all before settling down to a movie. 



Special Halloween Parents' Night Out
Ages 4-11
Fee:  Members $32/child, $10 for each additonal sibling; Non-members $38/child, $16 for each additional sibling
Saturday, November 4
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Wait!  Don't put those Halloween costumes away yet!  Come join us as we dress up in our costumes one last time and explore the Zoo at night.  Our evening will be full of  fun and excitement as we meet animals, play games, and do a little trick-or-treating.  Pizza dinner will be provided.  Costumes are encouraged, but not required.

Parents' Night Out Registration


Family Overnights
Ages 6-12
Fee: Members $60 (includes one child & one adult); $30 for each additonal child and adult
Non-members $80 (includes one child & one adult); $40 for each additonal child and adult
6:00 pm - 9:00 am


Fun at the Zoo doesn't have to end when the sun goes down.  Overnights are an exciting way to experience the animal kingdom.  Children ages 6-12 accompanied by an adult can register for the following overnight adventures:

Very Zooperstitious - NEW!
Friday, October 13 - Saturday, October 14
6:00 pm - 9:00 am

It's Friday the 13th.  A black cat just ran past your feet, a bat swoops down, and you see a set of glowing eyes in front of you.  Maybe you are starting to feel scared; maybe you are feeling a little superstitious.  Then come join us at the Zoo for a night of fun and good luck!  Learn which animals are considered lucky, and bust through the superstitions!

Very Zooperstitious Registration

Finding the Fantastic - NEW!
Saturday, November 18 - Sunday, November 19
6:00 pm - 9:00 am

Calling all witches and wizards.  Join us for a fun-filled evening of creatures and creations as we hunt for the most fantastic animals in the Zoo.  Magic Suitcases are not required. 

Finding the Fantastic Registration

Polar Bear Pajama Party
Saturday, December 9 - Sunday, December 10
6:00 pm - 9:00 am

Back by popular demand!  Grab your warmest pajamas and come along on this party to the North Pole.  Fun games, hot chocolate, and other special treats will keep the frigid air away while we discover just how polar bears, sea otters, and elephant seals survive the chill of winter.  At the end of the night, snuggle safely into your sleeping bags and fall asleep near our underwater viewing tunnels.  

Polar Bear Pajama Party Registration
 

Winter Mini Camp
Ages 5-9
Fee per day for one or two days:  Members $32; Non-members $38
Fee for all three days:  Members $80; Non-members $98


December 27, 28 & 29
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Winter Mini-Camp is a five-hour program that focuses on the beauty and magic of nature.  Children can choose to participate for one, two, or all three days.  Mini-campers will learn about a new topic each day through live animal visits, craft projects, and exciting Zoo tours.

Wednesday, December 27 - Backyard Animals featuring our animal neighbors
Thursday, December 28 - Designs in Nature featuring animals with distinctive patterns
Friday, December 29 - Tricky Tracks featuring animals with and without feet

Registration for Age 5 One or Two Days

Registration for Age 5 All Three Days

Registration for Ages 6&7 One or Two Days

Registration for Ages 6&7 All Three Days

Registration for Ages 8&9 One or Two Days

Registration for Ages 8&9 All Three Days