Teachers & Outreach

The Zoo offers many educational opportunities beyond a typical visit to the park. Whether you're looking for in-class activities, visits and assemblies where animals come to you, training workshops for teachers, or the traditional offerings of a field trip, you can tailor your selections to meet your group's needs.
  • Zoomobile Outreach Programs
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      Outreach programs, also known as Zoomobile programs, offer participants the opportunity to meet wild animals without leaving their school or location. Groups of all kinds, including school groups and assemblies, adult and senior groups, youth groups and programs, and summer camps, are welcome to schedule a Zoomobile outreach program.

      Please review the following brochures for complete program offerings, program details, and pricing information:

      Preschool Outreach Programs
      K-12 Outreach Programs
      Adult Outreach Programs
      Summer Outreaches for Camps

      When you are ready to schedule an outreach program, please fill out the Zoomobile Reservation Form  and contact the Education Reservations department at 412-365-2528 or learn@pittsburghzoo.org. Sorry, online registration is not available for Zoomobile outreach programs.




      The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is proud to partner with the Shop 'n Save SEED Program to offer the following programs:

      Preschoool SEED Outreach Programs
      K-12 SEED Outreach Programs



      Sponsored by #1 Cochran.

  • Field Trips
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      The Zoo offers a wide variety of options for your group's field trip. 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.

      Please see the course offerings for young audiences below, and then, refer to the complete field trip PDF for all the forms you will need to schedule your trip, including all the information you need about our class offerings, policies, admission, lunches, souvenirs, and overnight trips. Please call 412-365-2528 with any questions.

  • Teacher Workshops
    • workshopTeacher workshops at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium are designed to empower educators with innovative and exciting strategies to teach about animals and the conservation of their fragile habitats. Our workshops utilize a multidisciplinary approach that teachers will find easy to incorporate into their curricula. Zoo tours, bio-facts, live animal visits, and make-and-take art projects will guarantee an enriching learning experience. The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is a Pennsylvania Department of Education Act 48 Approved Provider.

      If you have a credit voucher you would like to use as payment, you must register by mail. Please complete a registration form and return it with a copy of your credit voucher to the address on the bottom of the form. If you are not using a credit voucher, you are welcome to register online.

      Bats, Bugs and Things That Go Bump in the Night!
      Saturday, October 11, 2014
      $45 per person (no discount for Zoo members)

      Do bats really drink blood?  Do wolves really howl at the moon?  This hands-on workshop will help your students separate fact from fiction as we focus on amazingly creepy creatures.  Please note that many activities will take place outside.  Dress appropriately for the weather. Please pack a non-perishable bagged lunch.
      Click here for the teacher packet for this workshop.


      Savanna Safari - Sold Out!
      Saturday, November 22, 2014
      $45 per person (no discount for Zoo members)

      Eat or be eaten describes life on the African savanna.  This workshop will focus on how these animals find what they need to survive through activities that will help your students discover their place in the great circle of life.  Please note that many activities will take place outside.  Dress appropriately for the weather.  Please pack a non-perishable bagged lunch.
      Click here for the teacher packet for this workshop.

      This workshop is full.  Please call 412-365-2528 to be placed on a waiting list.

      Customized workshops, either at the Zoo or your facility, can be scheduled.  Please contact Mark Reardon, Assistant Curator of Conservation Education, at 412-365-2521 or mreardon@pittsburghzoo.org if you are interested in creating your own workshop.

      The Zoo has been providing teacher education programs since 1988 and has facilitated more than 100 teacher workshops on a variety of topics, including biodiversity, wetlands, endangered species, primates and animal behavior research. All of the Zoo's workshops have been developed with the needs of teachers in mind, and all have incorporated Pennsylvania State Standards for Ecology and the Environment and Pennsylvania State Standards for Science and Technology.

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