Community Outreach: The Zoomobile
Currently scheduling for September 2021 – April 2022
Our Education Specialists will bring the Zoomobile to your school, camp, or community group and share exciting live animals and biofacts in an interactive presentation!
Zoomobiles generously donated by Hertz.
Bringing the Zoo to our youngest animal fans! Each program is 45 minutes in length and can accomodate a maximum of 15 children. The following programs are conducted mid-August through mid-April. Discounts available.
Zoos for Twos (Age 2)
Toddlers will be treated to a story and a song with up-close experiences with some friendly animals.
Furry Friends (Ages 3-5)
Preschoolers will learn about the basic needs and adaptations of mammals, while being gently introduced to some furry friends from the Zoo.
Color Zoo (Ages 3-5)
Children will journey through a rainbow of colors in the animal kingdom as they discover the many patterns and shades of the natural world.
Zoo Moves (Ages 3-5)
Animals move in ways people only dream of moving – birds soaring above the treetops and monkeys swing from branch to branch. Learn how gorillas knuckle-walk, snakes slither, and rabbits hop in this fun-filled exploration of animal movement.
Super Senses (Ages 3-5)
Preschoolers will discover how different animals use their special senses to help them survive, while comparing their own senses to those of some animal visitors.
United Way Head Start Discount: Head Start Centers are eligible for a 25% discount on fees associated with the Preschool Outreach Program, courtesy of United Way Contributor’s Choice. Please indicate your status as a Head Start Program in the additional comments when you complete the Zoomobile registration form above. Funds for this program are limited.
SHOP ‘n SAVE S.E.E.D. Program: We are proud to partner with the SHOP ‘n SAVE S.E.E.D. Program, which can earn free assemblies for your school group. All preschool outreach programs listed above are eligible for the program. Click for preschool S.E.E.D. program flyer and details (.pdf).
The Choice is Ours (Grades K-8)
This exciting game show focuses on local wildlife and conservation issues and challenges students to discover how their choices impact the world around them.
Radical Reptiles (Grades K-8)
Enter the world of reptilian wonders and discover the amazing adaptations that enable them to survive through the ages.
Rainforest Rhythms (Grades K-8)
Travel through the layers of the tropical rainforest, while learning more about the incredible animals found in each layer and their unique adaptations that aid survival.
One Degree of Change (Grades 5-12)
In this program, students will learn about the causes and effects of climate change, including how it impacts animals throughout the world. We’ll discuss Zoo conservation programs and present live animals. Throughout the program, students will be challenged to think about their own actions, and how individual actions can create positive environmental change.
Endangered Species (Grades 7-12)
In this animated game of endangered species jeopardy, students will examine why animals become endangered and what zoos are doing to help in the conservation of these incredible animals.
Biodiversity’s Bounty (Grades 7-12)
While exploring the interconnections of life on Earth, we will focus both on the vital role of biodiversity in maintaining healthy ecosystems, and on the importance of conservation in preventing further biodiversity loss.
4 Sessions Afterschool Program (Grades K-5)
Enrich your afterschool program with our Habitat Happenings outreach. Students will take a closer look at habitats around the world and the animals that live there. During each of our visits, the students will meet live animals and learn what it takes to survive in some of the most unique places on Earth. This package includes four sessions (1 hour each) and can accommodate up to 25 students. Same day programs can be added on for an additional fee. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for fee information based on your location.
SHOP ‘n SAVE S.E.E.D. Program: We are proud to partner with the SHOP ‘n SAVE S.E.E.D. Program, which can earn free assemblies for your school group. The “The Choice is Ours”, “Radical Reptiles”, and “One Degree of Change” programs are eligible for the discount. Click for grade school S.E.E.D. program flyer and details (.pdf).
Learning doesn’t stop when school’s out for summer. Summer camp program can be conducted weekdays, mid-June through mid-August. Program is 45 minutes in length and is designed to be flexible and appropriate for all age groups and abilities.
Wonders of Wildlife Summer Program
Discover fur, feathers, and scales in this introduction to some of the world’s most fascinating animals. Using live animals from the Zoo, we will explore the physical characteristics of each animal while learning how they are uniquely adapted to their environments.
- Please submit your reservation early. A minimum 3 week notice and advance payment is required.
- Programs can be held indoors or outdoors. If you choose an outdoor setting, please have a backup plan for inclement weather. No refunds will be given for outdoor programs cancelled due to weather.
- The Zoo will travel a maximum of 60 miles to your camp.
These programs are designed for visits to adult club meetings, adult social groups, nursing and assisted living homes, and senior centers. A Zoomobile visit is an enriching and entertaining experience. These 1-hour educational programs offer participants the opportunity to meet Zoo animals without leaving their location.
Zoo For All
During this program, participants will learn the answer to one of our most asked questions, “Where and how does the Zoo get animals?”
One Wild Place
With more than 4,000 animals the zoo certainly is one wild place. Participants will learn what it takes to operate a zoo and also about some of the zoo’s current conservation and research projects.
Then & Now
The Pittsburgh Zoo sure has changed since opening in 1898. This photographic presentation will guide participants through more than a century of growth. A projection screen or blank wall is needed for this program.
Zoo Education Specialists will bring 4-5 Education Ambassador animals for your group to meet.