Pittsburgh Zoo Wildlife Academy

Wildlife Academy

Welcome to 2018 Winter/Spring 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.

10:00 am - 10:30 am - Sold Out!
11:00 am - 11:30 am - Sold Out Jan. 22 only

Monday, January 22
Monday, February 5
Monday, March 5
Monday, April 9

Story Time Registration

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. 


The Mitten - Age 2
Focus:  Animals from the popular children's book
10:00 am - 10:45 am

Thursday, February 8
Friday, February 9 - FULL
Saturday, February 10
Sunday, February 11

The Mitten Registration

Color Zoo - Age 2
Focus:  Color recognition
10:00 am - 10:45 am

Thursday, March 8
Friday, March 9
Saturday, March 10
Sunday, March 11

Color Zoo 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. 


Spots, Stripes, Whiskers & Tails - Age 3
Focus:  Big cats
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Wednesday, February 14
Friday, February 16
Saturday, February 17
Sunday, February 18

Spots, Stripes, Whiskers & Tails Registration

Splish Splash in the PPG Aquarium - Age 3
Focus:  Aquatic animals
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Wednesday, March 14
Friday, March 16
Saturday, March 17 - FULL
Sunday, March 18 - FULL

Splish Splash 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. 


What if I Were a Zookeeper - Age 4 & 5
Focus: Caring for animals
Class times vary, please see below.

Thursday, January 25           10:00 am - 11:00 am
Friday, January 26                10:00 am - 11:00 am
Saturday, January 27           10:00 am - 11:00 am
Sunday, January 28                1:00 pm -  2:00 pm

What if I Were a Zookeeper Registration

Animal Friends - Age 4 & 5
Focus: A hands-on introduction to animals
Class times vary, please see below.

Thursday, February 22           10:00 am - 11:00 am
Friday, February 23                10:00 am - 11:00 am
Saturday, February 24            10:00 am - 11:00 am - FULL
Sunday, February 25                 1:00 pm -  2:00 pm

Animal Friends Registration

Animal Senses - Age 4 & 5
Focus: Five senses
Class times vary, please see below.

Thursday, March 22           10:00 am - 11:00 am
Friday, March 23                10:00 am - 11:00 am
Saturday, March 24            10:00 am - 11:00 am
Sunday, March 25                 1:00 pm -  2:00 pm

Animal Senses Registration

These classes are for children only.  If you would like to attend a class with your child, we encourage you to register for an overnight sleepover program.  If your child has special needs and requires an aide to accompany him or her, a current copy of the aide's PA Child Care Clearances (including FBI fingerprinting) are required.  All programs include a tour.

Zoo Kids

Ages 6 - 12
Length of class:  2 hours
Fee:  Members $21; Non-members $27

African Safari - Ages 6 & 7
Focus:  African animals

Saturday, March 3          10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday, March 4              1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

African Safari Registration

If I Could Be a Vet - Ages 8 & 9
Focus:  Zoo veterinary care

Saturday, March 3          10:00 am - 12:00 pm - FULL
Sunday, March 4              1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

If I Could Be a Vet Registration

Be the Marine Biologist - Ages 10-12
Focus:  Hands-on marine animal experience

Saturday, March 3          10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday, March 4              1:00 pm - 3:00 pm - FULL

Be the Marine Biologist Registration

 

Adult Programs are for ages 13 and up.

When Elephants Fly
Fee:  Members $26; Non-members $32
Sunday, April 22
10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Have you ever wondered how an elephant travels from one zoo to another?  Or a lion, shark, or fish?  Join Zoo Registrar, Heather Terrell, on a photographic journey detailing the ins and outs of zoo animal transports.  Light refreshments will be served, and a special tour will follow the presentation.  Space is limited.

When Elephants Fly Registration





 

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, February 10 - Sold Out!
Saturday, April 7
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
* Please add $10/person for Sleepover Safari
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.  ALl overnights include animal encounters, behind the scenes tours, a late-night snack, and contntental breakfast, unless otherwise noted.  Children ages 6-12 accompanied by an adult can register for the following overnight adventures:


Polar Bear Pajama Party - Sold Out!
Saturday, January 20 - Sunday, January 21
6:00 pm - 9:00 am


The last one sold out so quickly, we decided to do it again!  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 sold out.  Please email learn@pittsburghzoo.org to be placed on the waiting list.



Caturday Night Live! - Sold Out!
Saturday, March 17 - Sunday, March 18
6:00pm - 9:00 am


"Live from Pittsburgh, it's Caturday Night!"  Join us as we explore the Zoo's beautiful cat species.  Enjoy animal encounters, games, and a special tour centered around our fabulous felines. From lions and tigers to leopards and ocelots, we'll learn about them all.  Click here for this overnight's FAQs.

This overnight is sold out.  Please email learn@pittsburghzoo.org to be placed on the waiting list.


Sleepover Safari* - Sold Out!
Saturday, April 28 - Sunday, April 29
6:00pm - 9:00 am


Join us on a night-time expedition to meet our most popular African animals.  In the evening, we'll tour the savanna, enjoy activities and animal encounters, along with a late night snack.  In the morning, we'll have a full breakfast in the Zoo's Jambo Grill.  Click here for this overnight's FAQs.

This overnight is sold out.  Please email learn@pittsburghzoo.org to be placed on the waiting list.
 

Summer fun is right around the corner!
Register now for 2018 Animal Adventures Zoo Camp!
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