Keeper Interactions

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For students in grades 9-12 only

Tour animal areas and chat with Zoo staff about the work they love! High school students can choose one or more interactions based on interest; sign up below for each interaction individually.

Keeper Interactions are generally held the first Tuesday of the month from October through April and tour a specific area. Price includes general admission and a tour. Space is limited for this exclusive opportunity. 

Please note that due to the large number of requests and availability, we are not able to schedule individual job shadowing experiences. Parents are not permitted to attend with their children but are welcome to tour the Zoo on their own during the program. Parents should expect to pay the gate rate or use their Membership card for admission.

Masks are required for all program participants.

First Tuesday of every month, October – April (excluding January)

Bonus Pizza Day on Sunday, November 14

2 to 4 p.m.

Pizza Day: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Throughout the Zoo

$14 per student

Pizza Day: $24 per student

Includes Zoo general admission plus a behind-the-scenes tour.

Available Interactions

  • Tuesday, October 5: The Islands & Jungle Odyssey – SOLD OUT
  • Tuesday, November 2: PPG Aquarium & Water’s Edge – SOLD OUT
  • Tuesday, December 7: Animal Care Center & Education Ambassador Animals
  • Tuesday, February 1: PPG Aquarium & Water’s Edge
  • Tuesday, March 1: Kids Kingdom & Reptiles
  • Tuesday, April 5: Forest Passage & African Savanna

Once you click the registration button, click “Other dates…” and select your preferred session date. You may register for more than one interaction; each session is $14.

Register for a Session


BONUS: Pizza with the Keepers

Sunday, November 14: Join our keepers for lunch! You’ll have the opportunity to talk with keepers from many areas of the Zoo, such as Kids Kingdom, reptiles, mammals, PPG Aquarium, and veterinary/animal care. A guided tour will be conducted by our Conservation Education staff following lunch. This session costs $24, and includes pizza and soda in addition to admission and the behind-the-scenes tour.

Register for Pizza with the Keepers

If you experience issues registering for the class or program of your choice, please call our Education Reservations Department at 412-365-2528 or email educationinfo@pittsburghzoo.org.