Teens

The following programs are currently offered for teens. Please check back periodically, as new classes and programs will become available.
  • Summer Zoo Camp, Half Day - Ages 12 & 13
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      Photos for Conservation

      Explore conservation issues facing some of the world's most endangered animals while experiencing the excitement of capturing a once-in-a-lifetime photograph in this half-day Zoo Camp program for campers ages 12 and 13. Using their creativity will not only get campers closer than ever to their favorite Zoo animals, but also will allow them to actively participate in conservation efforts necessary for the survival of these species. Each camper will take home a flash drive containing his or her photographs at the end of the week.  Zoo Campers are encouraged to bring their own digital cameras (three megapixels or higher). For this program, base camp will be the Water's Edge classroom overlooking the polar bear exhibit!

      Registration fee: $150 for Members, $180 for non-members. Monday-Friday.

      Half-Day Session times:                                                                       

      Drop Off:  9 a.m. (camp starts promptly at 9:15 a.m.)           Pick Up:    Noon

      The Half-Day option for Ages 10 & 11 is only offered during the week of July 21-25.

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      *Please note, if you are a member you must sign in using the tab in the upper right-hand corner of the page after you click the "register online" button in order to receive your member discount. Please confirm that the member rate is shown in your cart before you enter credit card information and check out.

      Students interested in year-round opportunities are invited to learn more about KidScience and Zoo U.

  • Summer Zoo Camp, Full Day - Ages 12 & 13
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      Photos for Conservation

      Explore conservation issues facing some of the world's most endangered animals while experiencing the excitement of capturing a once-in-a-lifetime photograph in this half-day Zoo Camp program for campers ages 12 and 13. Using their creativity will not only get campers closer than ever to their favorite Zoo animals, but also will allow them to actively participate in conservation efforts necessary for the survival of these species. Each camper will take home a flash drive containing his or her photographs at the end of the week.  Zoo Campers are encouraged to bring their own digital cameras (three megapixels or higher). For this program, base camp will be the Water's Edge classroom overlooking the polar bear exhibit! 

       

      Registration Fee: $230 for Members, $280 for non-members. Monday-Friday.

      Full-Day Session Times    Drop Off:  9 a.m. (camp starts promptly at 9:15 a.m.)      Pick Up:  4 p.m.

      Before and After Care are available for this class at a rate of $10 per session on select weeks (June 16, July 7, and July 28th). Pre-register only. If you are interested in also enrolling your child in Before and After Care, please call the Education Reservations department at 412-365-2528.


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      *Please note, if you are a member you must sign in using the tab in the upper right-hand corner of the page after you click the "register online" button in order to receive your member discount. Please confirm that the member rate is shown in your cart before you enter credit card information and check out.

      Students interested in year-round opportunities are invited to learn more about KidScience and Zoo U.

  • KidScience - Grades 6-8
    • 100_5274KidScience is a year-long program designed to introduce middle school students to methods and principles related to conservation biology. KidScience students become part of the Zoo's research team, and get hands-on experience doing real animal behavior research. Through this program, students gain an understanding of research methods and skills, cooperation, and teamwork, environmental stewardship, and are exposed to animal- and science-related careers. Activities include classroom lessons, data collection and analysis, behind-the-scenes tours, research projects, and animal encounters. Kidscience activities also meet many of the Pennsylvania Department of Education Academic Standards as well as the National Science Education Standards.

      Students who will be in grades 6, 7, or 8 in October may apply. As it is a two-year program, most students return the following year.

      Classes are held every other Saturday throughout the school year (October through May), followed by a three week summer session. Classes are four hours long and can be attended in a morning session from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. or an afternoon session from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

      KidScience students also receive two Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium KidScience T-shirts, discounts at all Zoo restaurants and gift shops, 10 free Zoo passes for family and friends, and free admission during regular Zoo hours.

      Tuition is $555 for Members and $695 for non-members. A limited number of scholarships are available to those who qualify. Click here to download a scholarship application.

      To apply, please download a KidScience application and a reference form. The application will need to be accompanied by a one-page essay (further instructions are available on the form). Two references are needed, so the reference form will needed to be printed and completed twice. Once completed, please mail these forms to:

      Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
      Attn: KidScience Coordinator
      One Wild Place
      Pittsburgh, PA 15206

      Once your application has been received, you will be contacted to come to the Zoo for an interview with the KidScience Coordinator. Sorry, online application is not available for the KidScience program.
  • Zoo Teens - Ages 14-17
    • IMG_3119The Zoo Teens summer volunteer program is available for students ages 14-17. It is a great way to learn more about animals and zoo careers.

      Registration for this program is limited and fills up very quickly, and all openings for 2014 have been filled. To give your teen the best chance to be interviewed for this program, be sure to register on the first business day in January. Please call the Zoo’s Volunteer Coordinator at 412-365-2524 on Friday, January 2, 2015, between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. If you have any questions prior to January, please email the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@pittsburghzoo.org.
  • Zoo U. - Grades 9-12
    • Zoo UThe Zoo U. program offers semester-based courses that allow high school students to explore new areas of science and conservation in a fun and exciting way. Students take an in-depth look at current research and topics in zoology, biology, ecology, and more. Classes are designed to be interactive and challenging for students in grades 9 to 12. Summer classes run Monday-Friday. Fall and Spring classes run two Saturdays per month for six sessions.

      A limited number of scholarships are available for those who qualify.

      For more information, please email mrevak@pittsburghzoo.org or call 412-365-2567.

      Fall 2014 Courses

      Spotlight on SSPs (Species Survival Plans)rhino5

      You might have heard the terms “Species Survival Plan,” “TAG,” and “Population Management Plan.” If you have ever wondered what they mean, how they work, and how the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium is involved in these programs, come find out! We will be exploring the structure of these programs within AZA and getting an up close and personal look at the species involved. From Armadillos to Zebra sharks, this course will get us out and around the Zoo to learn about the behind-the-scenes species management within Zoos and Aquariums.


      Day and Time: Every other Saturday beginning September 27th
                            9am -11am OR 1pm - 3pm.  
                            6 class sessions
      Cost:     $155 for Zoo members, $180 for non-members
      Location: Education Complex (Classroom 4)


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      Wild Jobs: Career Exploration Dr. Zoo
      Students will examine several different animal-related careers, with an emphasis on those related to animal care, research, and science.  In addition to career information, we will look at college programs and schools designed to prepare you for a future working in an environmental, animal-related, or scientific field.  Throughout the course, we will meet with people who are currently working in these areas, and you will learn what it takes to break into these highly competitive fields. Topics may include veterinary sciences, marine biology, and animal keeping.

      Day and Time:  Every other Saturday beginning September 27th
                            11am - 1pm
                            6 class sessions
      Cost:      $155 for Zoo members, $180 for non-members
      Location: Education Complex (Classroom 5/6) and Water’s Edge Conference Room

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      Independent Study
      IMG_1097Whether you have a great idea for a research project or you want to conduct a study at the Zoo for a school or science fair project, the Independent Study option may be for you. Through Independent Study, you will work independently, but guidance from staff and keepers will help you complete the project.
      Requirements: Any student undertaking independent study must check in with staff at least twice a month and make adequate progress prior to each meeting. A final paper/project must be produced by a reasonable deadline.

      Day & Time: To be determined on an as-needed basis
      Cost: Free to those enrolled in other Zoo U. Courses
       

      Additonal Information
      Current or past Zoo U. students who are in 11th or 12th grade are also eligible to compete for the annual Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium Conservation Leadership Award, a $500 college scholarship for an outstanding community conservation project. Please contact mrevak@pittsburghzoo.org for more information.

      Zoo U. classes change each semester, so there is sure to be a course that interests you. Recent classes topics include Marine Biology, Big Cats, Island Ecology, Career Exploration, and more. Check back regularly to learn about new Zoo U. opportunities.

  • Keeper Interactions - Grades 10-12
    • Pizza 1The Zoo offers two opportunities for high school students to connect with Keepers and Aquarists and learn more about these exciting career fields: Keeper Conversations and Pizza with the Keepers.

      Keeper Conversations
      $13 per session
      Students in grades 10-12 (no younger participants, please) who would like to shadow a zookeeper will tour animal areas as they chat with keepers and aquarists about the work they love. Space is limited for this exclusive opportunity. Keeper Conversations are held the first Tuesday of every month:

      October 7, 2014 - Cats & Reptiles/Red Panda
      November 4, 2014 - Elephants/Giraffes & PPG Aquarium and Water's Edge
      December 2, 2014 - Primates* & PPG Aquarium
      February 3, 2015 - Cats & PPG Aquarium
      March 3, 2015 - Primates* & PPG Aquarium
      April 7, 2015 - Kids Kingdom & Elephants/Giraffes
      * primate tours are not behind the scenes

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      Pizza with the Keepers - $22 per session

      Sunday, October 5, 2014
      High school students (grades 10-12, no younger participants please) are invited to join keepers, aquarists, and veterinary staff for an informal lunch to discuss animal-related career goals. Staff from Kids Kingdom, the reptile department, the mammal department, PPG Aquarium, and veterinary/animal care may be in attendance. Space is limited for this popular program.

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      Please email reservations@pittsburghzoo.org if you have any questions about either program.  Please note that because of the large number of requests and keeper availability, we are not able to schedule individual job shadowing experiences. 

  • Wildlife Academy, Child & Family - Ages 6-Adult
    • gentoopenguin_2Wildlife Academy Child & Family - Ages 6-Adult
      These classes allow children and adults to share the wonders of wildlife together through
      unique programs that incorporate live animals, biofacts, and crafts.

      All About Penguins
      Saturday, Septemeber 20, 2014- 9:30  am – 11 am
      $32 per person ($25 with member discount)

      Join us in the Water's Edge Event Space for a special presentation with Katy Wozniak, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium’s penguin expert. Katy will give you the inside scoop on caring for these cool birds. After breakfast, get an up close look at the Zoo’s penguins while you watch a feeding session. This program is appropriate for ages
      6 and up (no younger participants, please). Space is limited and preregistration online is required.

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      Please note, if you are a member, you must sign in using the tab in the upper right-hand corner of the page after you click the "register online" button in order to receive your member discount. Please confirm that the member discount is shown in your cart before you enter credit card information and check out.

  • 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.

      Programs for Grades 7 - 12
      Dates available: Monday-Friday, September through June 1 (unless otherwise noted)

      A Plan for Survival
      This interactive program will focus on how zoos are helping to preserve the animals that are rapidly vanishing from our planet. Students will be introduced to the Species Survival Plan that zoos have designed and utilize in their worldwide efforts to preserve species such as Amur tigers, orangutans, and black rhinos. 45 minutes

      Biodiversity's Bounty
      While exploring the interconnections of life on Earth, we will focus both on the vital role of biodiversity in maintaining healthy ecosystems and on the importance of conservation in preventing further biodiversity loss. 45 minutes

      Zoo Life: A Behind the Scenes Look
      Learn about the many careers available at the Zoo. Emphasis will be placed on animal-related professions. This program is conducted September through April only, with a minimum of 15 students and a maximum of 60 students. Fee: $10/student with a $150 minimum program charge. 2 hours

      PPG Aquarium & Water's Edge Tour
      Discover the diversity of water as you enjoy a personally guided tour of the PPG Aquarium and Water's Edge. This program is conducted November through March only, with a minimum of 15 students and a maximum of 30 students. Fee: $10/student with a $150 minimum program charge. 90 minutes

      Email any questions you may have to learn@pittsburghzoo.org.

       

      College Programs
      Tour Pricing: $13 per person (minimum of 15 people/$195 fee)
      Program Length: 90 minutes

      Programs include fun-filled facts, conservation information, and an inside glimpse behind the scenes of our animal collection.

      Backstage Pass
      In this unique adventure, your group will explore three animal off-exhibit holding areas and learn how we take care of our animals. This is an educational and fun tour you won't want to miss. This program is conducted September through April and on a limited basis June through August, with a minimum of 15 students and a maximum of 60 students.

      Animal Encounters
      This special presentation begins in the classroom with the opportunity to meet several of our animal ambassadors used in our education programs. You will then get a special behind the scenes peek at two animal off-exhibit holding areas. This program is conducted September through April only, with a minimum of 15 students and a maximum of 60 students.

      Animal Care and Enrichment
      Start your journey in our classroom and learn about animal care and enrichment programs, everything from toys and special treats given to our animals to help enrich their lives. You will meet a few of the animal ambassadors used in our education programs. Out on Zoo grounds, you will view an enrichment activity and also get a special peek behind the scenes and learn how we take care of our animals. This program is conducted October through March only, with a minimum of 15 students and a maximum of 30 students.

      Self-Guided Tours
      Come for an hour or stay all day. Tour the Zoo at your own pace, any day of the year. In order to receive the self-guided discounted group rate of $11 per person, we ask that you submit a reservation form at least three weeks prior to your visit. Minimum of 15 students, no maximum.

      Email any questions you may have to learn@pittsburghzoo.org.