The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium 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. Please note that due to the large number of requests and keeper availability, we are not able to schedule individual job shadowing experiences. Parents are not permitted to attend either program with their children, but are welcome to tour the Zoo on their own during the program. Parents should expect to pay the gate rate or use their membership card for admission.
Students in grades 9-12 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 the month from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. October through April, excluding January. Register online for one, two, or all six events. Cost is $14 per session and includes admission and tours.
Dates and areas for the 2017-18 school year:
Tuesday, November 7 - PPG Aquarium & Water's Edge
Tuesday, December 5 - Animal Care Center (vet hospital) & Education Dept. ambassador animals
Tuesday, February 6 - Forest Passage & African Savanna
Tuesday, March 6 - Kids Kingdom & Reptiles
Tuesday, April 3 - PPG Aquarium & Water's Edge
Pizza with the Keepers
Students in grades 9-12 are invited to join keepers, aquarists, and veterinary staff for an informal lunch to discuss animal-related career goals. Staff from Kids Kingdom, reptile and mammal departments, PPG Aquarium, and veterinary/animal care may be in attendance. Behind the scenes tours will take place after lunch. Space is limited for this popular program. Cost is $24 and includes admission, lunch and tours. Tour areas are different for each session, so if you attended in October, please consider joining us again.
Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 12:30pm-2:30pm
For questions about these programs, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests for individual job shadow experiences cannot be accommodated.