Coral Reef Ecology Zoo U. | Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Early Closing - Friday, July 26

The Zoo will close early on Friday, July 26 as we prepare for our Summer Safari fundraising event. Gates will close at 2 p.m. and the park will close at 3 p.m.

Coral Reef Ecology Zoo U.

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The Zoo U. program offers semester-based courses that allow high school students to explore new areas of science and conservation in a fun and exciting way. Students take an in-depth look at current research and topics in zoology, biology, ecology, and more. Classes are designed to be interactive and challenging for students in grades 9 through 12. 

From the Great Barrier Reef to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef to all tropical waters in between, coral reefs are perhaps the most important, interesting, and endangered ecosystems in the world. Though built by small, simple organisms, coral reefs form the foundation upon which the entire marine biome rests. Learn how tiny corals create the reef, and the ways in which those reefs are important to us all. Students will examine coral biology, study the complexity of the coral reef ecosystem, and discover why coral conservation is one of the biggest environmental concerns of our time. Classes will incorporate classroom lessons and activities, tours, and guidance from experts who have studied and worked in coral reefs around the world.

Registration is closed for this season.

Teen Program

Grades 9-12

Six Saturday Sessions:
February 16th
March 2nd
March 16th
March 30th
April 13th
April 27th
Morning Sessions: 9 - 11 a.m.
Afternoon Sessions: 1 - 3 p.m.
Education Complex, Classroom 4
with visits to PPG Aquarium
Members: $170
Non-members: $195