Pittsburgh Zoo Scout Workshops

Scout Programs

Looking to take your scout troop on an exciting new adventure? Explore opportunities to discover the animal kingdom in-person and hands-on with your troop. These programs are designed and curated just for scout troops.

Scout Overnights

Registration Information

Scout overnights are designed for groups in grades 1-6. Overnights take place from 6 p.m. until 9 a.m. the following morning and include next day admission for those who participated in the overnight.

Pricing: $40 per child or adult (for both non-members and Zoo Members)
Please, no children under age 6, including nursing infants.

Important Information for Troop/Pack Leaders: Available dates listed below may change without notice. Please do not confirm a date with your group or submit payment until you receive a deposit request email confirmation from the Zoo. Due to the popularity of our scout overnights, first choice of dates cannot always be accommodated. Groups must have a minimum of 24 people, children and adults, to book a date. If you cannot meet the minimum, we suggest choosing a date with space available, as indicated next to the dates listed below; otherwise you may not hear from us unless or until we have a similar group to combine with yours on one of your chosen dates.  Unless your group meets the maximum number of participants, you may be combined with another group of similar age/gender.  The Zoo reserves the right to combine similar groups to meet the maximum for any overnight.  Sleeping location for each overnight is at the Zoo's discretion and is listed in each description below as well as in each chaperone guide. We reserve the right to change the sleeping location for any overnight without notice should it become necessary due to an unforeseen circumstance.  


Available dates through April, 2019, are listed below. Summer dates (May-Aug.) will be posted on February 4, 2019.
Call 412-365-2528 or email learn@pittsburghzoo.org with any questions.  


Krazy Kritters Overnight

A turtle’s shell, a sea lion’s whiskers, and your thumb have something in common: they are all types of adaptations. Join us for an exciting evening to discover more unique types of adaptations and how animals use them to survive.

Included in the Overnight:
  • Behind-the-scenes visit in the kangaroos, sea lions, or domestic animals area (weather permitting)
  • Live animal visit with your group
  • Night-time scavenger hunt in Kids Kingdom
  • Late night pizza snack
  • Craft - pillowcase souvenir
  • Sleep in the Worlds of Discovery Building (exhibits include meerkats, bats, snakes and lizards)
  • Continental breakfast
  • Next day's admission to the Zoo (only good for that day regardless of weather)
  • Minimum of 24, maximum of 40 spaces available unless otherwise noted
Current Dates Available for Request:

Friday, January 4
Saturday, January 5
Friday, January 11
Saturday, January 12
Saturday, January 19
Friday, January 25
Saturday, January 26
Friday, February 1
Saturday, February 2
Friday, February 8
Saturday, February 9
Friday, February 15
Saturday, February 16
Friday, February 22
Saturday, February 23
Friday, March 1
Saturday, March 2
Friday, March 8
Saturday, March 9
Friday, March 15
Saturday, March 16
Friday, March 22
Saturday, March 23
Friday, March 29
Saturday, March 30
Friday, April 5
Saturday, April 6
Friday, April 12
Saturday, April 13
Friday, April 19 (Good Friday/Passover begins)
Friday, April 26
Saturday, April 27


Chaperone Guide


ZSI: Zoo Science Investigation Overnight

Participants will examine the scene of the crime as they work together to solve a Zoo mystery. We will break out the magnifying glasses, follow footprints, and interview a couple of key suspects in this zany and fun search for the truth.

Included in this Overnight:
  • Behind-the-scenes visit (usually large cats, subject to change)
  • Live animal visit
  • Night-time scavenger hunt in Forest Passages and African Savanna
  • Late night pizza snack
  • Craft - pillowcase souvenir
  • Sleep in the Education Complex
  • Continental breakfast
  • Next day's admission to the Zoo (only good for that day, regardless of weather)
  • Minimum of 24, maximum of 60 spaces available unless otherwise noted
Current Dates Available for Request:

Friday, January 4
Saturday, January 5
Friday, January 11
Friday, January 25
Saturday, January 26
Friday, February 1
Saturday, February 2
Friday, February 8
Friday, March 1
Saturday, March 2
Friday, March 8
Saturday, March 9
Saturday, March 16
Friday, March 22
Saturday, March 23
Friday, March 29

Chaperone Guide


Aquatic Adventurers Overnight

Junior Adventurers: join us as we dive deep into the PPG Aquarium and explore what lurks in the deep, dark waters. Participants will examine how sea creatures thrive in their underwater homes, all from the safety of dry land.

Included in this Overnight:
  • Behind-the-scenes visit in the PPG Aquarium
  • Live animal visit
  • Night-time scavenger hunt
  • Late night pizza snack
  • Craft - backpack or pillowcase souvenir
  • Sleep in the Education Complex (not in the PPG Aquarium)
  • Continental breakfast
  • Next day's admission to the Zoo (only good for that day, regardless of weather)
  • Minimum of 24, maximum of 40 spaces available unless otherwise noted
Current Dates Available for Request:

Friday, January 4
Saturday, January 5
Friday, January 11
Saturday, January 12
Friday, January 25
Friday, February 1
Friday, February 8
Saturday, February 9
Friday, March 1
Saturday, March 2
Friday, March 8
Friday, March 15
Saturday, March 16
Friday, March 22
Friday, April 12
Friday, April 19 (Good Friday/Passover begins)


Chaperone Guide

 

Scout Workshops

  • All scout workshops are 2 hours in length and include a tour.
  • Leaders can choose from the following time slots (10am – 12pm) or (1pm – 3pm).
  • Workshops can be accommodated year round and are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Workshop fees are $18 per scout and $10 per adult. Workshop cost applies to both Zoo members and non-members. Registered scout leaders are admitted FREE.
  • The minimum workshop charge is $126, based on 7 scouts and 1 leader.
  • Only scouts and up to 4 adults, including scout leaders, are permitted to attend the workshop.
  • Non-scouts, such as additional adults and siblings, are welcome to visit the Zoo the day of the workshop at a reduced admission price of $10 per person (age 2 and over).
  • Workshop fee includes same day admission to the Zoo before / after the workshop.
  • Participants must register as a troop / pack / den unless otherwise specified.
  • All scout groups must have at least one adult for every seven scouts.
  • The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium does not provide badges, belt loops, etc. 
Click here for program descriptions and for a mail-in registration form
Please use the form below for online registrations. 

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