Ages 7 to 12

The following programs are currently offered for children ages 7 to 12. Please refer to our complete Fall/Winter 2014 Wildlife Academy Brochure for all of our upcoming courses and offerings. Please check back periodically, as new classes and programs will become available.
  • Wildlife Academy Family Workshop - All Ages
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      Family Fun and Animal Friends

      Fee: Members $8/person ages 2 and over
             Non-members $14/person ages 2 and over
      Date:
             
             Saturday, September 27th   10 am - 12 pm
              

      The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is fun for kids of all ages! Bring the whole family (siblings and infants are permitted in this program) and join us for a day dedicated to "What's new at the Zoo." Songs, storytelling, crafts, and close encounters with our education animals will bring this class to life

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      *Please note, if you are a member you must sign in using the tab in the upper right-hand corner of the page after you click the "register online" button in order to receive your member discount. Please confirm that the member rate is shown in your cart before you enter credit card information and check out.

  • Wildlife Academy - Ages 6 - Adult
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      Sunday, October 5th, 2014 - 1 pm - 4 pm
      $21 per person ($15 with member discount)

      Learn about the mysterious 3,000 mile migration of the Monarch butterfly. Be a citizen scientist and get a hands-on experience tagging and releasing Monarch butterflies. Learn how to help protect and conserve these fascinating and beautiful animals. This program is appropriate for ages 6 and up (no younger participants, please). Space is limited and preregistration online is required.

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      Please note, if you are a member, you must sign in using the tab in the upper right-hand corner of the page after you click the "register online" button in order to receive your member discount. Please confirm that the member discount is shown in your cart before you enter credit card information and check out.

  • Wildlife Academy - Ages 6 & 7
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      Focus: Arctic Animals
      Length of class: 2 hours

      Fee: Members $21, Non-members $27
      Fee includes one child and one adult. Fee also includes Zoo admission. For each additional child of the same age or adult, add $8 per person.

      Date:
            Saturday, November 1      10 am
            Saturday, November 1      1 pm
            Sunday, November 2        10 am
            Sunday, November 2        1 pm

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      Please note, if you are a member, you must sign in using the tab in the upper right-hand corner of the page after you click the "register online" button in order to receive your member discount. Please confirm that the member discount is shown in your cart before you enter credit card information and check out.

       

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      (Class for Child Only)

      Focus: Animal "Super Powers"
      Length of class: 2 hours (includes tour)

      Fee: Members $21, Non-members $27
      Date:
            Saturday, December 6     10 am
            Saturday, December 6     1 pm
            Sunday, December 7       10 am
            Sunday, December 7       1 pm

        register

      Please note, if you are a member, you must sign in using the tab in the upper right-hand corner of the page after you click the "register online" button in order to receive your member discount. Please confirm that the member discount is shown in your cart before you enter credit card information and check out.

  • Wildlife Academy - Ages 8 & 9
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      Focus: Wild Jobs
      Length of class: 2 hours (includes tour)
      Child Only

      Fee: Members $21, Non-members $27
      Date:
            Saturday, November 1      10 am
            Saturday, November 1      1 pm
            Sunday, November 2       10 am
            Sunday, November 2       1 pm

          register

      Please note, if you are a member, you must sign in using the tab in the upper right-hand corner of the page after you click the "register online" button in order to receive your member discount. Please confirm that the member discount is shown in your cart before you enter credit card information and check out.

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      Animal Speak

      Focus: Animal Communication
      Length of class: 2 hours (includes tour)
      Child Only

      Fee: Members $21, Non-members $27
      Date:
           Saturday, December 6      10 am
           Saturday, December 6      1 pm
           Sunday, December 7       10 am
           Sunday, December 7       1 pm

          register

      Please note, if you are a member, you must sign in using the tab in the upper right-hand corner of the page after you click the "register online" button in order to receive your member discount. Please confirm that the member discount is shown in your cart before you enter credit card information and check out.

  • Wildlife Academy - Ages 10-12
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      Focus: Sea Lion Behavior
      Length of class: 2 hours (includes tour)
      Child Only

      Fee: Members $21, Non-members $27
      Date:
           Sunday, November 2       10 am
           Sunday, November 2        1 pm

        register

      Please note, if you are a member, you must sign in using the tab in the upper right-hand corner of the page after you click the "register online" button in order to receive your member discount. Please confirm that the member discount is shown in your cart before you enter credit card information and check out.

      Junior Zookeeper

      Focus: Hands-On Small Animal Caresea turtle weighing
      Length of class: 2 hours (includes tour)
      Child Only

      Fee: Members $21, Non-members $27
      Date:
           Saturday, December 6     10 am
           Saturday, December 6     1 pm
           Sunday, December 7      10 am
           Sunday, December 7      1 pm

        register

      Please note, if you are a member, you must sign in using the tab in the upper right-hand corner of the page after you click the "register online" button in order to receive your member discount. Please confirm that the member discount is shown in your cart before you enter credit card information and check out.

  • Safari Scholars (Homeschool Program)
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      Safari Scholars is a special educational opportunity for Homeschooled and Cyber-Schooled students ages 5-12. The Fall 2014 Semester begins September 29th. For more information, please refer to our Safari Scholars Brochure.

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      registration      Ages 7-9

       

      registration      Ages 10-12

      Please contact the Education Reservations department at 412-365-2528 or learn@pittsburghzoo.org for more information.

       

      Please note: you will not see the member's rate until you sign in, enter student/parent information and click the "Update Cart" button!

  • KidScience  Grades 6 - 8
    • IMG_0118KidScience is a year-long program designed to introduce middle school students to methods and principles related to conservation biology. KidScience students become part of the Zoo's research team, and get hands-on experience doing real animal behavior research. Through this program, students gain an understanding of research methods and skills, cooperation, and teamwork, environmental stewardship, and are exposed to animal- and science-related careers. Activities include classroom lessons, data collection and analysis, behind-the-scenes tours, research projects, and animal encounters. Kidscience activities also meet many of the Pennsylvania Department of Education Academic Standards as well as the National Science Education Standards.

      Students who will be in grades 6, 7, or 8 in October may apply. As it is a two-year program, most students return the following year.

      Classes are held every other Saturday throughout the school year (October through May), followed by a three week summer session. Classes are four hours long and can be attended in a morning session from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. or an afternoon session from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

      KidScience students also receive two Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium KidScience T-shirts, discounts at all Zoo restaurants and gift shops, 10 free Zoo passes for family and friends, and free admission during regular Zoo hours.

      Tuition is $555 for Members and $695 for non-members. A limited number of scholarships are available to those who qualify. Click here to download a scholarship application.

      To apply, please download a KidScience application and a reference form. The application will need to be accompanied by a one-page essay (further instructions are available on the form). Two references are needed, so the reference form will needed to be printed and completed twice. Once completed, please mail these forms to:

      Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
      Attn: KidScience Coordinator
      One Wild Place
      Pittsburgh, PA 15206

      Once your application has been received, you will be contacted to come to the Zoo for an interview with the KidScience Coordinator. Sorry, online application is not available for the KidScience program.

      For more information, please contact mrevak@pittsburghzoo.org or 412-365-2567

  • Field Trips
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      The Zoo offers a wide variety of options for your group's field trip. 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.

      Please see the course offerings for young audiences below, and then, refer to the complete field trip PDF for all the forms you will need to schedule your trip, including all the information you need about our class offerings, policies, admission, lunches, souvenirs, and overnight trips. Please call 412-365-2528 with any questions.