Phipps offers an exciting lineup of field trips and school outreach programs for school, homeschool, scout and other education groups. While meeting Pa. standards, these programs use botany and ecology to inspire learning. Field trips can be modified to meet the needs of individual groups, and each generally includes 45 – 60 minutes in the classroom and time to explore the Conservatory on a tour. To schedule a field trip or ask any questions, call 412/441-4442, ext. 3925

Field Trip Admission Rates

Children (ages 2 – 18):

  • Program and self-guided tour: $7 each
  • Program and docent-led tour: $8 each

Adults:

  • One adult chaperone is admitted free for every eight children
  • Additional chaperones are admitted for $15 each

Bring Our Programs to You with Phipps-to-School Outreach

Phipps can also send an educator to your classroom to present any of the classes listed below. Phipps-to-School outreach programs are available to Allegheny County schools at the rate of $7 per child plus an additional $25 transportation fee.

Tour-Only Options

As alternatives to our more formal field trip options, we also offer docent-led and self-guided tours.

Free membership admission is not applicable and non-transferrable for group tours, field trips and certain other special events due to additional programming and expenses related to these visits. We ask that you contact our membership hotline at 412/315-0656 for more information on membership.


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Field Trips and School Outreach

Pine Trees and Me

Pre-K (Ages 2 – 4)

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

Field Trips and School Outreach

Wonderful Worms

Pre-K (Ages 2 – 4)

Learn all about worms and how they impact the environment.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Busy Bees

Pre-K (Ages 2 – 4)

Bees never sleep! Learn about the many jobs they do and why they are so important.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Fall Harvest: Apples and Pumpkins

Pre-K (Ages 2 – 4)

Investigate and identify unique characteristics of fall harvest plants from our Edible Rooftop Garden.

Field Trips and School Outreach

ABC Nature and Me

Pre-K – K (Ages 4 – 6)

In each installment of the ABC Nature and Me series, kids will connect with nature in the greenest classroom in the ‘Burgh, learn the sounds each letter makes and practice handwriting.

Seven Sessions Available: A is for Apples, F is for Farming, G is for Gardening, P is for Pollination, S is for Seeds, T is for Trees, W is for Worms

Field Trips and School Outreach

Worms: Our Composting Friends

Grades K – 2

Meet our worms! Investigate how worms eat, move and create healthy soil.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Bees and Pollination

Grades K – 2

Learn about pollination, bee anatomy, lifecycle and habitats through fun, interactive games.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Butterflies

Grades K – 2

Move through the lifecycle of beautiful butterflies and explore their anatomy, metamorphosis and the fascinating ways they protect themselves in nature.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Biomes: Forest Adventures

Grades K – 2

Investigate and identify unique characteristics of trees from around the world, all found at Phipps!

Field Trips and School Outreach

Stupendous Seeds

Grades K – 2

Dissect seeds to explore their various parts and act out the lifecycle of plants in a fun, themed play.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Fall Harvest: Apples and Pumpkins

Grades K – 2

Investigate and identify unique characteristics of fall harvest plants from our Edible Rooftop Garden, including apples, pumpkins and Brussels sprouts.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Carnivorous Plants

Grades 3 – 5

Observe various species and learn how and why these meat-eating plants eat insects, tadpoles and small fish.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Dynamic Desert

Grades 3 – 5

Learn the unique ways desert plants have adapted to master survival in hot, dry climates.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Worms, Soil Science and Recycling

Grades 3 – 5

Where do the food and wrappers go when you are finished with your lunch? Learn about worms, composting and recycling techniques for your classroom and at Phipps.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Habitats

Grades 3 – 5

Solve the mystery of the missing bananas while learning about habitats and the way that plants and animals depend on each other.

Field Trips and School Outreach

The Mystery of the Butterflies

Grades 3 – 5

Learn all about butterflies' anatomy, defense mechanisms and incredible annual migration.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Expedition to Cuba!

Grades 3 – 5

Explore Cuba, one of the most biodiverse and interesting places on earth, and examine how scientists gather data in tropical rainforests.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Bees and Pollination

Grades 3 – 5

Learn about pollination, bee anatomy, lifecycle and habitats through fun, interactive games.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Along the Water's Edge

Grades 3 – 5

Discover the role plants play in protecting aquatic habitats and get your hands dirty with an erosion experiment.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Sustainable Citizenship: Be the Change!

Grades 6 – 12

Learn strategies to make a difference in the community and in nature while investigating a case study involving monarch butterflies and pollination.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Expedition to Cuba!

Grades 6 – 12

Explore Cuba, one of the most biodiverse and interesting places on earth, and examine how scientists gather data in tropical rainforests.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Science Investigation: Center for Sustainable Landscapes

Grades 6 – 12

Explore the sustainable features of one of the greenest buildings in the world. After learning about the four most stringent green building certifications, apply knowledge of certifications on a docent-led tour through the CSL.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Sustainable Plant and Building Exploration: Nature Lab at Phipps

Grades 6 – 12

Learn what makes the Nature Lab at Phipps unique and put the Living Building Challenge to the test: to make a building operate as cleanly, efficiently and beautifully as a flower. Dissect plants and learn the operations of building systems as we look to nature for ways to live for a sustainable future.

Field Trips and School Outreach

What's in Your Watershed? Native and Non-Native Fish

Grades 6 – 12

Investigate the habitats and lifecycle of the fish on Phipps' campus and in the waterways of Pennsylvania.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Pollination in the 'Burgh

Grades 6 – 12

Learn about the importance of pollination, explore data and study the anatomy, lifecycle and habits of bees.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Butterflies, Moths, Lepidoptera, Oh My!

Grades 6 – 12

Follow the researcher's investigation and explore the important roles that butterflies and moths play in the environment, as well as the fascinating ways they protect themselves in nature.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Barks, Branches, Buds and Blooms

Grades 6 – 12

Explore the biology of trees, learn about how trees provide homes for other organisms and hear about some of the world's wackiest trees.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Carnivorous Plants

Grades 6 – 12

Observe various species of carnivorous plants and learn how and why these carnivores eat insects, tadpoles and small fish.

Photos © Cory Doman; Julia Petruska; Paul g. Wiegman; Denmarsh Photography, Inc.; Annie O'Neill; and Phipps staff