Pittsburgh Zoo Scout Workshops

Scout Programs

Looking to take your scout troop on an exciting new adventure? Explore opportunities to discover the animal kingdom in-person and hands-on with your troop. These programs are designed and curated just for scout troops.

Scout Overnights

Registration Information

Scout overnights are designed for groups in grades 1-6.  Overnights take place from 6 p.m. until 9 a.m. the following morning and include next day's admission.  You must have a minimum of 24 people, children and adults, to book a date for your group.  If you cannot meet the minimum, we suggest choosing from a date with space available (indicated in parentheses next to the date). 
Cost is $40/person, children and adults.  There is no discount for Zoo Members. 

Important!  Troop/Pack Leaders:  Available dates listed below may change without notice.  Please do not confirm a date with your group or send money until you receive a deposit request email confirmation from us.  Please list as many dates as are actual possibilities.  Due to the popularity of our scout overnights, first choice of dates cannot always be accommodated.  Sleeping location for each overnight is at the Zoo's discretion and is listed in each description below as well as in each chaperone guide.  We reserve the right to change the sleeping location for any overnight without notice, should it become necessary due to an unforeseen circumstance.

Thank you for your interest in our scout overnights.  We hope to see you soon.

Summer dates (May-August) will be posted on March 1, 2018. Call 412-365-2528 or email learn@pittsburghzoo.org with any questions.  


Krazy Kritters Overnight

A turtle’s shell, a sea lion’s whiskers, and your thumb have something in common: they are all types of adaptations. Join us for an exciting evening to discover more unique types of adaptations and how animals use them to survive.

Included in the Overnight:
  • Behind-the-scenes visit in the kangaroos, sea lions, or domestic animals area (weather permitting)
  • Live animal visit with your group
  • Night-time scavenger hunt in Kids Kingdom
  • Late night pizza snack
  • Craft - pillowcase souvenir
  • Sleep in the Worlds of Discovery Building (exhibits include meerkats, bats, snakes and lizards)
  • Continental breakfast
  • Next day's admission to the Zoo (only good for that day regardless of weather)
  • Minimum of 24, maximum of 40 spaces available unless otherwise noted
Current Dates Available for Request:
Friday, December 1
Friday, December 8
Saturday, December 9
Friday, December 15
Saturday, December 16
Friday, December 29
Saturday, December 30
Friday, January 5
Saturday, January 6
Friday, January 12
Saturday, January 13
Friday, January 19
Saturday, January 20
Friday, January 26
Saturday, January 27
Friday, February 9
Saturday, February 10
Friday, February 16
Saturday, February 17
Friday, February 23
Saturday, February 24
Saturday, March 3
Friday, March 9 (16 spaces available for a Cub Scout group)
Saturday, March 10
Friday, March 16 (16 spaces available for a Brownie group)
Saturday, March 17
Friday, March 23
Saturday, March 24
Friday, April 6
Saturday, April 7
Friday, April 13
Friday, April 20
Saturday, April 21
Friday, April 27
Saturday, April 28
 
Chaperone Guide


ZSI: Zoo Science Investigation Overnight

Participants will examine the scene of the crime as they work together to solve a Zoo mystery. We will break out the magnifying glasses, follow footprints, and interview a couple of key suspects in this zany and fun search for the truth.

Included in this Overnight:
  • Behind-the-scenes visit (usually large cats, subject to change)
  • Live animal visit
  • Night-time scavenger hunt in Forest Passages and African Savanna
  • Late night pizza snack
  • Craft - pillowcase souvenir
  • Sleep in the Education Complex
  • Continental breakfast
  • Next day's admission to the Zoo (only good for that day, regardless of weather)
  • Minimum of 24, maximum of 60 spaces available unless otherwise noted
Current Dates Available for Request:
Friday, December 29
Saturday, December 30
Friday, January 5
Saturday, January 6
Friday, January 12
Saturday, January 13 (36 spaces available for a Brownie group)
Friday, January 19
Saturday, January 20
Friday, January 26
Saturday, January 27
Friday, February 9
Saturday, February 17
Saturday, March 3 (36 spaces available for a Boy Scout group)
Friday, March 9
Friday, March 16 (20 spaces available for a Boy Scout group)
Friday, April 6 (30 spaces available for a Boy Scout group)
Saturday, April 21

Chaperone Guide


Aquatic Adventurers Overnight

Junior Adventurers: join us as we dive deep into the PPG Aquarium and explore what lurks in the deep, dark waters. Participants will examine how sea creatures thrive in their underwater homes, all from the safety of dry land.

Included in this Overnight:
  • Behind-the-scenes visit in the PPG Aquarium
  • Live animal visit
  • Night-time scavenger hunt
  • Late night pizza snack
  • Craft - backpack or pillowcase souvenir
  • Sleep in the Education Complex (not in the PPG Aquarium)
  • Continental breakfast
  • Next day's admission to the Zoo (only good for that day, regardless of weather)
  • Minimum of 24, maximum of 40 spaces available unless otherwise noted
Current Dates Available for Request:
Friday, January 5
Saturday, January 6
Friday, January 12
Friday, January 19
Friday, January 26
Saturday, January 27
Friday, February 9
Friday, February 16
Saturday, February 17
Saturday, March 3
Saturday, March 10

April dates are not currently available.  Dates may be added later. 

Chaperone Guide

Scout Workshops

  • All scout workshops are 2 hours in length and include a tour.
  • Leaders can choose from the following time slots (10am – 12pm) or (1pm – 3pm).
  • Workshops can be accommodated year round and are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Workshop fees are $18 per scout and $10 per adult. Workshop cost applies to both Zoo members and non-members. Registered scout leaders are admitted FREE.
  • The minimum workshop charge is $126, based on 7 scouts and 1 leader.
  • Only scouts and up to 4 adults, including scout leaders, are permitted to attend the workshop.
  • Non-scouts, such as additional adults and siblings, are welcome to visit the Zoo the day of the workshop at a reduced admission price of $10 per person (age 2 and over).
  • Workshop fee includes same day admission to the Zoo before / after the workshop.
  • Participants must register as a troop / pack / den unless otherwise specified.
  • All scout groups must have at least one adult for every seven scouts.
  • The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium does not provide badges, belt loops, etc. 
Register online below or mail-in a registration form

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