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 2 – 9. 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

T is for Trees

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

Investigate and explore the important role that pine trees play in the environment.

For Homeschoolers

Small Bites Cooking Class: Bananas and Honey

Tues., Oct. 16; 1 – 2 p.m.
Ages 2 – 5
$5 per person (child or adult)
Palm Circle in Tropical Forest Cuba

Learn how to create healthy snacks with bananas and honey.

For Homeschoolers

Busy Bees in My City

Tues., Nov. 20; 1 – 2 p.m.
Ages 2 – 5
$5 per person (child or adult)
Palm Circle in Tropical Forest Cuba

Learn about natural elements of the garden and create an outdoor art project.  

For Homeschoolers

So Much Water

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

Explore the properties of water with our five senses.   

For Homeschoolers

Bird’s Beak Buffet

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

Learn about a bird’s beak and the important role birds play in the environment. 

For Homeschoolers

Bug World

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

Find out what makes bugs so cool while exploring Phipps for buzzing, creeping and crawling critters.

For Homeschoolers

Adventures in the Tree Tops

Tues., Sept. 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

Embark on a research expedition through Tropical Forest Cuba as we explore the diversity of trees and of the plants and animals that call the trees home.

For Homeschoolers

Garden-to-Table Cooking Class

Tues., Oct. 16
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

Learn more about the plants we eat every day and develop your culinary skills using healthy ingredients to make a snack.

For Homeschoolers

Landscape Architecture

Tues., Nov. 20
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

What goes into designing a garden for a school or a hospital? Learn about principles of landscape architecture and build your own garden model. 

For Homeschoolers

Icy Explorations

Tues., Jan. 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

All across the Earth, water is our most precious resource. Learn more about the properties of water and the ways plants and animals have adapted to water in its frozen form.

For Homeschoolers

A Bird's World

Tues., Feb. 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

Explore the world from a bird’s eye view and learn about the interconnected roles of birds and their environment.

For Homeschoolers

Bug Hotel

Tues., March 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

Discover the benefits of a bug hotel and learn about the role of the integrated pest management system at Phipps Conservatory.


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