School Groups

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With tailored options for age groups from preschool to college level, your school, organization, or recreational group can plan an exciting experience for your Zoo outing. Enhance your visit with special Learning Adventures programming.

Zoomobile information can be found on our Community Outreach page.

Learning Adventures programs enhance your field trip experience and offer interactive educational opportunities during your visit. Browse the brochures for the Learning Adventures available by grade level.

Any program involving a tour (grades 7-12 & college) is available September-April only and is not eligible for the discounted rate.

Self-guided tours are available any day we are open. Email learn@pittsburghzoo.org with questions.

Learning Adventures are generously sponsored by FedEx Ground.

  • College Learning Adventures – available during Fall / Winter / Spring semesters
  • Behind-The-Scenes Experiences 
  • Self-Guided Tours – available year-round
  • Programs are for college students and staff only. No children under age 18, please.

Safari Scholars is a special educational opportunity for Homeschooled and Cyber-Schooled students ages 5-12. Students learn about animals, conservation, and environmental issues through interactive lessons in inquiry-based classes. Classes will include animal presentations, touch tables with biofacts, and special tours. Students will be grouped in different classrooms according to age.

Please be sure to register your child(ren) for the appropriate age group(s.) Parents will receive a lesson plan of each class for their records, and children will receive a Certificate of Participation at the conclusion of the 4th class.

Safari Scholars is offered in the fall only.

Important online registration information for Zoo Members: You will not receive the Member discount unless you sign in with your Membership email and password (via the sign in button at the top of the page after you click the register button). You are recognized as a Member by your contact information, including your email address. Member discounts are shown in the cart. There are no discount codes or a place to enter your Member number. To receive the Member discount, you must be a current Member at the time of registration. To become a Member, please click here. To update your Member information prior to registering, please contact the Membership department at 412-365-2534.

Semester Dates:

September 24, October 8, October 22, and November 5


Habitat Investigators, Ages 5 & 6 
Students will explore the characteristics of some of the biggest habitats in the world, including oceans, rainforests, temperate forests, and grasslands. We’ll look at animals from each habitat and examine the adaptations that make them uniquely fitted for life within.

Habitat Investigators Ages 5&6


Vertebrate Variety, Ages 7-9
Students in these classes will learn the distinguishing characteristics of the five vertebrate groups – fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and birds.

Vertebrate Variety Ages 7-9


Working Wild,  Ages 10-12
Students will explore the careers available at the Zoo. Emphasis will be placed on animal related careers such as zookeepers, veterinarians, and researchers.

Working Wild Ages 10-12

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is proud to offer free admission to special needs organizations who serve those with mental, emotional, or physical disabilities. Please see page 1 of the Field Trip Planning Guide below for instructions on how to receive free admission for your group. Please note: free admission is not granted based solely on financial need.

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is proud to offer workshops for teachers in need of Act 48 credits. Please see below for current teacher workshops.

There are no workshops available at this time. Please check back again later.

Planning Your Group Trip

Schools, colleges, educational organizations, and special needs facilities should explore our Field Trip Planning Guide which includes information on types of visits, pricing, payment options, lunches and souveniers, visit policies, and mail-in registration forms.

Field Trip Planning Guide

 

Reservation Form Guidelines – Please read prior to submitting your form:

  • Group rate is for 15 or more paying participants. School/camp staff is admitted free of charge with ID. If you do not meet the minimum of 15, you do not need a reservation. You may visit any day and pay the gate rate.
  • A reservation form should be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to the desired visit in order to receive the group rate.
  • Selecting Submit on the online form below will schedule your visit, and you will receive confirmation and an invoice at the contact email address provided within 1-2 business days.
  • A completed invoice must be returned 2 weeks prior to the scheduled visit or a $30 late/FedEx fee will be added to your balance due.
  • Wristbands must be received and distributed to group members prior to arrival at the Zoo for group admission (the Zoo does not have a will call window).
  • Check all contact information included in the form for accuracy. Wristbands will be sent to the address YOU provide on your form; we are not responsible for verifying addresses and/or zip codes, or for wristbands sent to the wrong address.
  • The Zoo is a rain or shine facility and all scheduled programs will take place regardless of weather. Rescheduling cannot be guaranteed.
  • The Zoo permits a maximum of 4 adults in each classroom program (any combination of teachers and parents). Special needs aides required to stay with their students may attend as well. For assemblies, all adults may attend if space allows.
  • Zoo Life: A Behind the Scenes Look (grades 7-12) is only offered at the $12 rate September-April; no discounted rate is available for this program.
  • Schools attending a Learning Adventures class between September 3, 2019, and March 1, 2020, are invited to attend our Wild Earth Day 50th Anniversary event on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, free of charge. Transportation not included. Trip organizers will receive an invitation via email in March. Information about the day’s events will be posted on this page in March.
  • We are not able to make exceptions to our policies or accommodate special requests. Please ask questions prior to submitting a field trip reservation form.

Field Trip Reservation Form

*Learning Adventure programs are sold out for October. Requests for self-guided visits are still open.

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