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Phipps offers an exciting lineup of field trips and school outreach programs for school, homeschool, scout and other education groups. While meeting Pennsylvania. 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

Assembly Style Field Trips*

Interested in an assembly style field trip? Programs that are denoted by a purple asterisk are available for class groups of 60 or more. Call 412/441-4442, ext. 3925 for more information.

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 denoted by an orange asterisk. 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.

Field trip admission rates are available on weekdays only. Availability varies throughout the year. 


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Field Trips and School Outreach

Pine Trees and Me *

Pre-School (Ages 2 – 4)

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

Field Trips and School Outreach

Wonderful Worms *

Pre-School (Ages 2 – 4)

Learn all about worms and how they impact the environment.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Busy Bees *

Pre-School (Ages 2 – 4)

Bees are always on the go! Learn about the many jobs they do and why they are so important.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Shapes of Nature *

Pre-K – Kindergarten (Ages 4 – 6)

Explore the many shapes and textures found in nature and discover patterns and symmetry in our plants and animals.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Animals in Our City *

Pre-K – Kindergarten (Ages 4 – 6)

Learn what kinds of wildlife live in urban environments and how we study the animals that live alongside us.

Field Trips and School Outreach

ABC Nature and Me *

Pre-K – Kindergarten (Ages 4 – 6)

ABC Nature and Me classes help kids to connect with nature, learn about important parts of our environment and practice the sounds each letter makes.

Seven Sessions Available: A is for Apples, F is for Fall Harvest, 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

Bees and Pollination * *

Grades K – 2

Dive into the hive to learn about the anatomy of bees, the different jobs they have and how they pollinate plants.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Animals in Our City *

Grades K – 2

Learn what kinds of wildlife live in urban environments and how we study the animals that live alongside us.

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

Worms: Our Composting Friends *

Grades K – 2

Investigate how worms eat, move and create healthy soil.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Forest Habitats *

Grades K – 2

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

Field Trips and School Outreach

Pollinator Perfection

Grades K – 2

Solve a mystery and explore pollination methods in different parts of the world. Learn about your favorite pollinators (like butterflies and bats), as well as some unusual ones!

Field Trips and School Outreach

Habitat Game Show * *

Grades 3 – 5

Who will be the next Habitat Expert? Test your knowledge, solve puzzles and explore how plants and animals depend on each other in different habitats around the world.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Bees and Pollination * *

Grades 3 – 5

Dive into the hive to learn about the anatomy of bees, the different jobs they have and how they pollinate plants.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Dynamic Desert *

Grades 3 – 5

Learn the unique ways desert plants have adapted to collect and conserve water in these extreme climates.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Worms, Soil Science and Recycling *

Grades 3 – 5

Meet our worms! Investigate how worms eat, move and create healthy soil. Plus, learn about composting and recycling techniques at Phipps that you can use in your classroom.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Carnivorous Plants *

Grades 3 – 5

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

Field Trips and School Outreach

Expedition to Cuba! *

Grades 3 – 5

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

Field Trips and School Outreach

Habitat Mystery

Grades 3 – 5

Solve the mystery of the missing bananas, learning about habitats and how plants and animals depend on each other.

Field Trips and School Outreach

STEAM Career Builders

Grades 3 – 5

Bring your building, engineering, art and writing skills to the table. Learn about all of the careers that make Phipps flower shows possible and try designing your own!

Field Trips and School Outreach

Nature of Writing

Grades 3 – 5

Learn to write about the beauty of nature as we explore where scientific observation and creativity meet!

Field Trips and School Outreach

Along the Water's Edge

Grades 3 – 5

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

Field Trips and School Outreach

Urban Wildlife Monitoring *

Grades 3 – 5

Learn whats kind of wildlife live in urban environments and explore some of the latest research toolks we use to study the animals that live alongside us.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Pollinator Perfection

Grades 3 – 5

Solve a mystery and explore pollination methods in different parts of the world. Learn about your favorite pollinators (like butterflies and bats), as well as some unusual ones!

Field Trips and School Outreach

Wild About Geometry *

Grades 3 – 5

Have you ever noticed the way sunflowers spiral or a young fern unfurls? Nature is full of intricate shapes, patterns and symmetry. Learn about the fascinating geometry that builds our natural world.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Pollination in the 'Burgh * *

Grades 5 – 8 and 9 – 12

Explore the importance of pollination through an in-depth study of bees and other specialized pollinators.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Carnivorous Plants *

Grades 5 – 8 and 9 – 12

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

Field Trips and School Outreach

What's in Your Watershed? *

Grades 5 – 8 and 9 – 12

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

Field Trips and School Outreach

Expedition to Cuba! *

Grades 5 – 8 and 9 – 12

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

Field Trips and School Outreach

Barks, Branches, Buds and Blooms

Grades 5 – 8 and 9 – 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

Careers at Phipps

Grades 5 – 8 and 9 – 12

Learn how Phipps’ STEM, marketing and horticulture staff members work together to install stunning exhibits.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Science Investigation: Center for Sustainable Landscapes

Grades 5 – 8 and 9 – 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

Grades 5 – 8 and 9 – 12

Learn what makes the SEED Classroom 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 discover the operations of building systems as we look to nature for ways to live for a sustainable future.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Urban Wildlife Monitoring *

Grades 5 – 8 and 9 – 12

Learn what kinds of wildlife live in urban environments and explore some of the latest research toolks we use to study the animals that live alongside us.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Nature of Writing

Grades 5 – 8 and 9 – 12

Learn to write about the beauty of nature as we explore where scientific observation and creativity meet!

Field Trips and School Outreach

Sustainable Citizenship: Be the Change! * *

Grades 5 – 8 and 9 – 12

Learn strategies and create projects to make a difference in the community and in nature, while investigating a case study on monarch butterflies.

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