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.


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Field Trips and School Outreach

Shapes of Nature

Pre-K (Ages 2 – 4)

Explore the many shapes and textures found in nature, discovering patterns and symmetry from the depths of the ocean to the tallest rainforest trees.

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 Rooftop Edible 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, 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

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

Bees and Pollination**

Grades K – 2

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

Field Trips and School Outreach

Pollinator Perfection*

Grades K – 2

Discover pollination methods of animals around Allegheny County.

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

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

Fall Harvest: Apples and Pumpkins*

Grades K – 2

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

Field Trips and School Outreach

Habitats*

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

Dynamic Desert *

Grades 3 – 5

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

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 and interesting places on earth, and examine how scientists gather data in tropical rainforests.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Becoming Scientists

Grades 3 – 5

Think like local scientists as you observe nature, collect data and study exhibits at Phipps.

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

Nature of Writing

Grades 3 – 5

Develop your writing with our marketing department as they unveil ways to write about the beauty of Phipps.

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

Careers at Phipps*

Grades 6 – 12

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

Field Trips and School Outreach

Pollination in the 'Burgh**

Grades 6 – 12

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

Field Trips and School Outreach

Expedition to Cuba!*

Grades 6 – 12

Explore Cuba, one of the most biodiverse and interesting places on earth. Learn about two researchers who have built their careers around studying Cuban plants, and see if this could also be a career for you.

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: SEED Classroom **

Grades 6 – 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

What's in Your Watershed? *

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

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