Classes & Programs

NEW! Adventures of a Lifetime

Join us via Zoom for an hour-long adult lecture with Sally Wiggin, retired WTAE anchor and Zoo board member, who has traveled all over the world.


Virtual Classes

Enjoy a Zoo learning experience from the comfort of your own home! These programs are best for ages 2-9.

Family Overnights

Fun at the Zoo doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down. Overnights are an exciting way to experience the animal kingdom. Families with children ages 6-12.

Parents’ Night Out

Looking for more than just a babysitter? Plan a special evening out while your kids enjoy a fun-filled experience at the Zoo!

Story Time |
Infant - 5 YRS

Introduce your child to a world of wildlife and wonder through story time at the Zoo. Children will hear a story, meet animals, and sing songs. For infants to children 5 years of age.

Zoo Tots | Ages 2 & 3

Introduce your child to a world of wildlife and wonder through exciting Wildlife Academy programs designed just for toddlers. For children AGES 2 & 3 with an adult.

Zoo Kids | Ages 4 & 5

Take your child on an hour-long adventure discovering nature through hands-on animal interactions, crafts, and bio-facts. For children AGES 4 & 5 with an adult.

Child-Only Classes | Ages 6-12

Discover all of the care that goes in to keeping our animals happy and healthy through up close animal encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, and hands-on activities.


For Grades 6-8. KidScience is a year-long program designed to introduce middle school students to methods and principles related to conservation biology.

Pizza with the Keepers

For Grades 9-12. Join some of our animal care staff for lunch and find out what it’s really like to work at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

Sunday, March 15 session has been cancelled.

Zoo U.

For Grades 9-12. The Zoo U. program offers semester-based courses that allow high school students to explore new areas of science and conservation.

Keeper Interactions

For Grades 9-12. Shadow a zookeeper, tour animal areas, and chat with keepers and aquarists about the work they love.

Zoo Teens

Ages 14-17. A summer volunteer program is a great way to learn more about animals and zoo careers.

Story Time | Zoo Camp

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AGES INFANT - 3 YEARS with an adult. Introduce your child to a world of wildlife and wonder through stories, animal meet and greets, and fun sing-along-songs.

Zoo Tots | Zoo Camp

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AGE 3 with an adult. Introduce your child to a world of wildlife and wonder through exciting Zoo Camp programs designed just for toddlers.

Amazing Animals | Zoo Camp

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AGES 4 & 5 - Explore daily themes that focus on animal movements, patterns, textures, and diets through song and play, plus meet some new animal friends!

Zoo Crew | Zoo Camp

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AGES 4-9 - Join the Zoo Crew. Learn about the animals at the Zoo and discover all of the care that goes into keeping them happy and healthy.

Wild Destinations | Zoo Camp

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AGES 6 & 7 - Join us as we explore some of the most unique habitats on Earth and the animals that call them home!

Families Untamed | Zoo Camp

AGES 8 & 9 - Wild families unite! Campers will be on location piecing together clues to figure out who belongs with whom in the animal kingdom.

Wild by Design | Zoo Camp

AGES 10 & 11 - Let’s build a zoo! During the week campers will take a closer look at animal designs and adaptations while paying careful attention to what goes into creating wild spaces for animals at the zoo..

Veterinary Camp | Zoo Camp

AGES 10-13 - Work alongside Zoo vets as they care for more than 9,000 animals. Discover vet medicine through tours, demonstrations, and hands-on opportunities.

Photos for Conservation | Zoo Camp

AGES 12 & 13 - Explore the conservation issues facing many of the world’s most endangered animals while experiencing the excitement of capturing once-in-a-lifetime photographs.