Pittsburgh Zoo Wildlife Academy

Wildlife Academy

Welcome to 2017 Fall/Winter Wildlife Academy!  We offer a wide range of fun, educational, and interactive programs for all ages - infants to adults.  Some of our programs are old favorites, and some are being offered for the first time.  There's something for everyone!  We hope to see you soon!

Online registration is available for all programs.  Members should sign in with their email address and password to receive the member discount in their cart.

To mail-in your registration with payment, please use the form in your Zoo Insider, or click here.

Wildlife Academy Programs

Introduce your child to a world of wildlife and wonder through exciting Wildlife Academy programs designed just for infants and toddlers. Story Time participants will meet animals and listen to stories and songs.  Cub Club (age 2) and Zoo Tots (age 3) participants will meet animals and make wildlife-themed crafts while they learn about nature through songs and stories. Fees and times are listed below.  Please note the age requirements for each class as only registered children of the appropriate age will be admitted. We ask that you do not bring younger children or infants to Cub Club or Zoo Tot programs and only register for one session of each topic.  These are interactive programs, meant for children and their accompanying adults to enjoy together.  For this reason, we kindly ask that you refrain from cell phone use during the program for any reason other than taking photos. 

Story Time at the Zoo
Ages infant - 5 years
Fee: Members $5/person age 2 and older; Non-members $10/person age 2 and older
Participants under the age of 2 are free and do not need to be registered.

This exciting class series is a great way for your child to meet new friends and experience the natural world through story time.  These 30 minute classes provide a gentle introduction to zoo animals.  Register for one, two, or all three sessions.

Monday, December 4 - FULL
10:00 am - 10:30 am

Cub Club
Age 2
Fee:  Members $13; Non-members $19
Fee includes one child and one adult; one additional child or adult can be added for $8.  Only children of appropriate age; no infants, younger or older children please. 

Five Little Monkeys - Age 2
Focus:  Counting
10:00 am - 10:45 am

Thursday, November 30
Friday, December 1
Saturday, December 2
Sunday, December 3

Five Little Monkeys Registration


Zoo Tots
Age 3
Fee:  Members $16; Non-members $22
Fee includes one child and one adult; one additional child or adult can be added for $8.  Only children of appropriate age; no infants, younger or older children please. 

Trekking Through the Tropics - Age 3
Focus:  Tropical rainforests
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Wednesday, December 6
Friday, December 8
Saturday, December 9
Sunday, December 10

Trekking Through the Tropics Registration

Zoo Kids
Ages 4 & 5 - child with adult

Fee: Members $16, Non-members $22
Fee includes one child and one adult; one additional child or adult can be added for $8.  Only children of appropriate age; no infants, younger or older children please. 

For Goodness Snakes - Age 4 & 5
Focus: Snakes
Class times vary, please see below.

Thursday, December 14           10:00 am - 11:00 am
Friday, December 15               10:00 am - 11:00 am
Saturday, December 16           10:00 am - 11:00 am
Sunday, December 17               1:00 pm -  2:00 pm

For Goodness Snakes Registration

Zoo Kids
Ages 6-10

Please click on the Winter Mini Camp tab above for more options.

Adult Programs are for ages 13 and up.

Nature's Wreath - FULL!
Fee:  Members $64; Non-members $70
Saturday, December 2
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm


One of our most popular programs is back for the holiday season.  The Zoo's talented horticulturists will offer guidance as you create a decorative masterpiece to enliven your holiday decor.  Wreaths (measuring approx 24 inches), embellishments, and light refreshments are included.  Feel free to bring any additonal adornments and hand pruners, if you'd like.  Space is limited to 25 participants. 

This program is sold out.




 

Parents' Night Out
Ages 4-11
Fee:  Members $32/child, $10 for each additonal sibling; Non-members $38/child, $16 for each additional sibling
Saturday, December 16
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Looking for more than just a babysitter?  Plan a special evening out while your kids enjoy a fun-filled night at the Zoo!  Activities include a pizza dinner followed by animal encounters, tours, games and a craft, all before settling down to a movie. 


Parents' Night Out Registration


Family Overnights
Ages 6-12
Fee: Members $60 (includes one child & one adult); $30 for each additonal child and adult
Non-members $80 (includes one child & one adult); $40 for each additonal child and adult
6:00 pm - 9:00 am


Fun at the Zoo doesn't have to end when the sun goes down.  Overnights are an exciting way to experience the animal kingdom.  Children ages 6-12 accompanied by an adult can register for the following overnight adventures:


Finding the Fantastic - SOLD OUT!
Saturday, November 18 - Sunday, November 19
6:00 pm - 9:00 am

Calling all witches and wizards.  Join us for a fun-filled evening of creatures and creations as we hunt for the most fantastic animals in the Zoo.  Magic Suitcases are not required. Click here for this overnight's FAQs.

This overnight is full.  Please click here to be placed on the waiting list. 

Polar Bear Pajama Party - SOLD OUT!
Saturday, December 9 - Sunday, December 10
6:00 pm - 9:00 am

Back by popular demand!  Grab your warmest pajamas and come along on this party to the North Pole.  Fun games, hot chocolate, and other special treats will keep the frigid air away while we discover just how polar bears, sea otters, and elephant seals survive the chill of winter.  At the end of the night, snuggle safely into your sleeping bags and fall asleep near our underwater viewing tunnels.  Click here for this overnight's FAQs.

This overnight is full.  We are no longer taking names for the waiting list.

 

Winter Mini Camp
Ages 5-9
Fee per day for one or two days:  Members $32; Non-members $38
Fee for all three days:  Members $80; Non-members $98


December 27, 28 & 29
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Winter Mini-Camp is a five-hour program that focuses on the beauty and magic of nature.  Children can choose to participate for one, two, or all three days.  Mini-campers will learn about a new topic each day through live animal visits, craft projects, and exciting Zoo tours.

Wednesday, December 27 - Backyard Animals featuring our animal neighbors
Thursday, December 28 - Designs in Nature featuring animals with distinctive patterns
Friday, December 29 - Tricky Tracks featuring animals with and without feet

Registration for Age 5 One or Two Days

Registration for Age 5 All Three Days

Registration for Ages 6&7 One or Two Days

Registration for Ages 6&7 All Three Days

Registration for Ages 8&9 One or Two Days

Registration for Ages 8&9 All Three Days