Schools, Groups & Teachers

  • Field Trips
  • Zoomobile Outreach Program
  • Colleges
    • Polar Pajama Overnight Behind the scenes experiences are offered to college and university groups, as well as technical schools, from September-April. 
      Please review the following brochure for complete program offerings:

      When you are ready to schedule a Learning Adventures program or a self-guided tour, please refer to the field trip PDF for all the information you need about our policies and procedures as well as the field trip reservation form .

      Please contact the Education Reservations department at 412-365-2528 or with any questions.

      Sorry, online registration is not available for Learning Adventure Programs.
  • Special Needs
    • rpdoorThe Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is proud to offer free admission to special needs organizations. Please download the field trip PDF for information about your group's visit along with all of the forms you will need to schedule your trip. Special needs group information begins on page 1 of the PDF.



  • Homeschool
    • hedgehog2 w/kidsSafari Scholars is a special educational opportunity for Homeschooled and Cyber-Schooled students ages 5-12. Fall 2015 dates are:

      October 5
      October 19
      November 2
      November 16
      Time:  12:30pm - 3:00pm

      Please check back in the summer to view our Safari Scholars brochure and registration information. 
  • Scouts
    • icegirlWe are proud to offer programs for Scout groups, including brand-new offerings for Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts, and programs for Tigers, Wolves, Bears, Webelos, and Boy Scouts. Please read over the Scout PDF for information for all of the options available for Scouts. For information about Scout overnights, please visit our overnights page.


  • 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 please register online.

      Polar Blast
      Saturday, February 21, 2015  make up day is Saturday, March 28. 
      $45 per person (no discount for Zoo members)

      Explore one of the most extreme climates on earth. This workshop will focus on activities that will help your students discover how polar creatures manage to survive in their icy habitat.  Please note that many activities will take place outside, rain or shine.  Dress appropriately for the weather.
      Click here for the teacher packet for this workshop.

      Earth Day, Every Day
      Saturday, April 18, 2015
      $45 per teacher (no discount for Zoo members)

      Earth Day Every Day Registration

      Explore the cause and effects of global climate change.  We'll discuss practical ways that both teachers and students can make a difference.  Please note that many activities will take place outside, rain or shine.  Dress appropriately for the weather.  Click here for the teacher packet for this workshop.

      Customized workshops, either at the Zoo or your facility, can be scheduled.  Please email Mark Reardon at if you are interested in creating your own workshop.

      The Zoo has been providing teacher education programs since 1988 and has facilitated hundreds of 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.


  • Teacher Resources