School Groups

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Dinosaurs at the Zoo is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Labor Day, weather permitting.

School Groups

Want the Zoo to visit you?

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.

Zoomobile information can be found on our Community Outreach page. 
Learning Adventures programs enhance your field trip experience and offer interactive 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) - we are completely booked for Summer 2018!

Any program involving a tour (grades 7-12 & college) is available September-April only.
Self-guided tours are also available. Email with questions.

  • College Learning Adventures - available during Fall / Winter / Spring semesters
  • Behind-The-Scenes Experiences - between September 2018 and April 2019 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 your child(ren) for the appropriate age group(s).  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.  Cost:  Members - $40/student; $32/each additonal student from the same family; Non-members - $68/student; $60/each additional student from the same family. 

Important online registration information for members:  You will not receive the member discount unless you sign in with your membership email and password (via the sign in button at the top of the page after you click the register button).  You are recognized as a member by your contact information, including your email address.  Member discounts are shown in the cart. There are no discount codes or a place to enter your member number.  To receive the member discount, you must be a current member at the time of registration.  To become a member, please click here.  To update your member information prior to registering, please contact the membership department at 412-365-2534.

This is a four week program; when registering for an age group, you are registering for all four days.  Fall 2018 dates:

October 1
October 15
October 29
November 12
12:30pm-3:00pm each day

Topics and registration information will be posted in the summer.

Please do not complete the form below to register!

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 below for instructions on how to receive free admission for your group.

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is proud to offer workshops for teachers in need of Act 48 credits.  Please see below for current teacher workshops. 

Why Zoos Matter

For many, a day at the Zoo is a recreational opportunity to see exotic animals from around the globe.  However, many are unaware that, behind the scenes, a massive amount of effort is focused on protecting and conserving those same animals, both in captivity and in the wild.  In this workshop, participants will get a peek at many of the special projects that the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium supports, such as our African elephant breeding program, cheetah conservation, and coral propagation.  Guest speakers, special tours, and live animals will be on hand to enrich the learning process.  Please note:  you must be a teacher to attend. 

Saturday, January 27
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fee:  $50 per person

Registration is closed. 

Planning Your Group Trip

Schools, colleges, educational organizations, and special needs facilities should explore our Field Trip Planning Guide which includes information on types of visits, pricing, payment options, lunches and souveniers, visit policies, and mail-in registration forms.

Field Trip Planning Guide

Reservation Form Guidelines:

  • A reservation form should be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to the desired visit in order to receive the group rate.
  • Selecting Submit on the online form below will schedule your visit, and you will receive confirmation and an invoice at the contact email address provided within 1-2 business days.
  • A completed invoice must be returned 2 weeks prior to the scheduled visit or a $30 late fee will be added to the trip's invoice.
  • Wristbands must be received and distributed to group members prior to arrival at the Zoo for group admission (the Zoo does not have a will call window).
  • Check all contact information included in the form for accuracy.
  • The Zoo is a rain or shine facility and all scheduled programs will take place regardless of weather. Rescheduling cannot be guaranteed.
  • The Zoo permits a maximum of 4 adults in each classroom program (any combination of teachers and parents).  Special needs aides required to stay with their students may attend as well.  For assemblies, all adults may attend if space allows.

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