Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens welcomes homeschooled students individually or as a group. Our standards-based field trip programs can be readily adapted for a wide age range of youth and our seasonal camps provide experiential learning opportunities for children ages 3 – 13. Join one of our scheduled single-session or multi-session homeschool programs below, or choose from any of our seasonal camps to meet your specific needs.

Interested in a program that's already sold out? Email us to be placed on our waiting list.

Note: Every individual over the age 2 must register and pay $5 admission fee to enter the classroom, including siblings and parents.


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For Homeschoolers

What Is a Plant?

Tues., Oct. 15; 1 – 2 p.m.
Ages 3 – 6
$5 per person (child or adult)
Palm Circle in Tropical Forest Cuba

Celebrate the end of the planting season and investigate the parts of the plant.

For Homeschoolers

History of the Garden Railroad — Come in Costume!

Tues., Nov. 19; 1 – 2 p.m.
Ages 3 – 6
$5 per person (child or adult)
Palm Circle in Tropical Forest Cuba

Learn about the history of the Garden Railroad at Phipps. Feel free to dress up like a railroad worker or conductor!

For Homeschoolers

Eco-Art

Tues., Jan. 21; 1 – 2 p.m.
Ages 3 – 6
$5 per person (child or adult)
Palm Circle in Tropical Forest Cuba

Be inspired by the beauty of nature at Phipps, and paint your own masterpiece!

For Homeschoolers

ABC Nature and Me

Tues., Feb. 18; 1 – 2 p.m.
Ages 3 – 6
$5 per person (child or adult)
Palm Circle in Tropical Forest Cuba

Connect with nature as we investigate the alphabet in the Tropical Forest. 

For Homeschoolers

Seasons of the Year

Tues., March 17; 1 – 2 p.m.
Ages 3 – 6
$5 per person (child or adult)
Palm Circle in Tropical Forest Cuba

Explore the seasonal changes in the Pittsburgh climate.

For Homeschoolers

What Makes a Plant a Plant?

Tues., Oct. 15
Ages 6 – 9: 1 – 2 p.m.
Ages 10 – 13: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
$5 per person (child or adult)
Center for Sustainable Landscapes Classroom

Explore the biology of plants and the unique ways they adapt to their environments.

For Homeschoolers

History of Phipps — Come in Costume!

Tues., Nov. 19
Ages 6 – 9: 1 – 2 p.m.
Ages 10 – 13: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
$5 per person (child or adult)
Center for Sustainable Landscapes Classroom

Dress up like your favorite era of Phipps' 125-year history for an exciting historical tour of Phipps Conservatory. Students will have the opportunity to learn more about Pittsburgh at the turn of the century and discover modern-day sustainability efforts.

For Homeschoolers

Eco-Art

Tues., Jan. 21
Ages 6 – 9: 1 – 2 p.m.
Ages 10 – 13: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
$5 per person (child or adult)
Center for Sustainable Landscapes Classroom

Let’s explore the connections between plant biodiversity and Cuban artists. Be inspired by the beauty of nature and create your own masterpiece!

For Homeschoolers

Nature Writing

Tues., Feb. 18
Ages 6 – 9: 1 – 2 p.m.
Ages 10 – 13: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
$5 per person (child or adult)
Center for Sustainable Landscapes Classroom

Dive into poetry and its connection to nature! Students will have the opportunity to explore poetry and scientific writing principles.

For Homeschoolers

Nature’s Sense of Timing

Tues., March  17
Ages 6 – 9: 1 – 2 p.m.
Ages 10 – 13: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
$5 per person (child or adult)
Center for Sustainable Landscapes Classroom

Did you ever wonder why plants bloom in the spring? Explore phenology — the fascinating study of the connections between plants and seasonal changes.


Parents' Corner

For Homeschoolers

What Is Your Family's Favorite Outdoor Activity or Craft?

You've spent lots of time learning together as a family — and we want to hear from you! Submit up to 80 words and a photo describing your favorite outdoor activity or nature craft to us via email at scied@phipps.conservatory.org. We'll pick our favorite and share it on this page!


Phipps homeschool programming is planned with oversight from the Phipps Educational Advisory Committee for Charter and Homeschools.

For Homeschoolers

Phipps Educational Advisory Committee for Charter and Homeschools

The Phipps Educational Advisory Committee for Charter and Homeschools (PEACCH) is a group of educators who meet regularly during the school year to foster collaboration and learning across schools and museums. The committee is made of home and charter school educators and museum educators in the Pittsburgh area.

Photos © Cory Doman, Paul g. Wiegman