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.
  • Field Trips
    • fieldtripThe Zoo offers a wide variety of options for your group's field trip. With tailored options for age groups all the way up to the college level, your school, organization, or recreational group can plan an exciting experience. Please peruse the field trip PDF for all the information you need about classes, policies, admission, lunches, souvenirs, and overnight trips, along with all the forms you will need to schedule your trip.
  • Safari Scholars (homeschooled students)
    • ss1For ages 5-12.

      The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is pleased to offer a special opportunity to learn about animals, conservation, and environmental issues through interactive lessons in inquiry-based classes. Classes will include animal presentations, touch tables with bio-facts, and special tours. Students will be grouped in classrooms according to age. If a parent is attending with a child, younger siblings and infants will not be permitted in the classroom. When registering for an age group, you are registering for all four days in the semester. Parents will receive a lesson plan of each class for their records. The child will receive a Certificate of Participation at the conclusion of the fourth class. The Safari Scholars program is available for homeschooled and cyber-schooled students only.

      Zoo Member rates:
      $36/student,
      $20/parent attending class,
      $28/each additional student from same family

      Non-member rates:
      $68/student,
      $36/parent attending class,
      $52/each additional student from same family

      Fall 2014 dates:  September 29, October 13 & 27, and November 10.
      Time:  12:30pm-3:00pm only
      Education Reservations department at 412-365-2528 or learn@pittsburghzoo.org for more information.

      Online registration information coming soon!

  • Outreach/Zoomobile
    • outreachLet the Zoo come to you! 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 peruse the Zoomobile PDF for complete program offerings, program details, pricing information, and registration forms. When you are ready to schedule an outreach program, please fill out the outreach form found in the Zoomobile PDF and contact the Education Reservations department at 412-365-2528 or learn@pittsburghzoo.org. Senior/adult groups:  please click here!  Sorry, online registration is not available for Zoomobile outreach programs.

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  • Teacher Resources
  • 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
      9:00am-3:30pm
      $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.

      register

      Savanna Safari
      Saturday, November 22, 2014
      9:00am-3:30pm
      $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.

      register

      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.