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.
Learning Adventures programs enhance your field trip experience and offer a deeper educational opportunities during your visit. Browse the brochures for the Learning Adventures available:

Grades 1-3
Grades 4-6
Grades 7-12
Summer (All Ages)

Self-guided tours are also available. Contact us for more information.

  • College Learning Adventures - available during Fall / Winter / Spring semesters
  • 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 for the appropriate age group for your child.  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.

Check back soon for Fall 2017 dates!

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.

We are proud to offer programs for Scout groups, including brand-new offerings for Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts, and programs for Tigers, Wolves, Bears, Webelos, and Boy Scouts. Scout workshops can be scheduled for any day, including days off from school, based on availability. Scout overnights are available as well. Please click here for more information.

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