School Groups

School Groups

Field Trip Planning Guide

Schools, colleges, educational organizations, and special needs facilities can explore this document for all aspects of field trip planning, including registration forms.

Three weeks notice for all group reservations is highly recommended.

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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. Enhance your visit with special Learning Adventures programming.

Zoomobile information can be found on our Community Outreach page. 
Learning Adventures programs enhance your field trip experience and offer interactive educational opportunities during your visit. Browse the brochures for the Learning Adventures available:

Grades 1-3
Grades 4-6
Grades 7-12 (*Please note, Zoo Life: A Behind the Scenes Look, is fully booked and currently unavailable.)
Summer (All Ages)
College (*Please note, College Learning Adventures are fully booked and currently unavailable.)

Self-guided tours are also available. Email with questions.

  • College Learning Adventures - available during Fall / Winter / Spring semesters
    Please note, Backstage Pass and Animal Encounters is full and currently unavailable.
  • Behind-The-Scenes Experiences - between September 2017 and April 2018 with 3 weeks notice
  • Self-Guided Tours - available year-round

Safari Scholars is a special educational opportunity for Homeschooled and Cyber-Schooled students ages 5-12. Students learn about animals, conservation, and environmental issues through interactive lessons in inquiry-based classes. Classes will include animal presentations, touch tables with biofacts, and special tours. Students will be grouped in different classrooms according to age. Please be sure to register your child(ren) for the appropriate age group(s).  Parents will receive a lesson plan of each class for their records, and children will receive a Certificate of Participation at the conclusion of the 4th class.  Cost:  Members - $40/student; $32/each additonal student from the same family; Non-members - $68/student; $60/each additional student from the same family. 

Important online registration information for members:  You will not receive the member discount unless you sign in with your membership email and password (via the sign in button at the top of the page after you click the register button).  You are recognized as a member by your contact information, including your email address.  Member discounts are shown in the cart. There are no discount codes or a place to enter your member number.  To receive the member discount, you must be a current member at the time of registration.  To become a member, please click here.  To update your member information prior to registering, please contact the membership department at 412-365-2534.

Registration is closed. 

This is a four week program; when registering for an age group, you are registering for all four days.  Fall 2017 dates:

October 2
October 16
October 30
November 13
12:30pm-3:00pm each day

Habitat Investigators - ages 5&6

Students will explore the characteristics of some of the biggest habitats in the world, including oceans, rainforests, temperate forests, and grasslands.  We'll look at animals from each habitat and examine the adaptations that make them uniquely fitted for life within.

Vertebrate Variety - ages 7-9
Students in these classes will learn the distinguishing characteristics of the five vertebrate groups - fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and birds.

Working Wild - ages 10-12
Students will explore the careers available at the Zoo.  Emphasis will be placed on animal related careers such as zookeepers, veterinarians, and researchers. 

We are no longer taking registrations for this program. 

Please do not complete the form below to register!

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is proud to offer free admission to special needs organizations who serve those with mental, emotional, or physical disabilities. Please see page 1 of the Field Trip Planning Guide (yellow box above) for instructions on how to receive free admission for your group.

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is proud to offer workshops for teachers in need of Act 48 credits.  Please see below for current teacher workshops. 

Why Zoos Matter

For many, a day at the Zoo is a recreational opportunity to see exotic animals from around the globe.  However, many are unaware that, behind the scenes, a massive amount of effort is focused on protecting and conserving those same animals, both in captivity and in the wild.  In this workshop, participants will get a peek at many of the special projects that the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium supports, such as our African elephant breeding program, cheetah conservation, and coral propagation.  Guest speakers, special tours, and live animals will be on hand to enrich the learning process.  Please note:  you must be a teacher to attend. 

Saturday, January 27
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fee:  $50 per person

Registration is closed. 

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