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

Pine Trees and Me

Pre-K (Ages 2 – 4)

Investigate 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)

Learn about pollen and the many different ways that bees collect it around Pittsburgh.

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

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

Urban Wildlife Monitoring*

Grades K – 2

We may think of ourselves as separate from nature, but even our big cities are still right in the middle of it! Learn what sorts of wildlife live in urban environments and explore some of the latest research tools used to study the animals that live alongside us. 

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

Learn about habitats and the way that plants and animals depend on each other.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Butterflies**

Grades 3 – 5

Learn about butterflies' migration patterns, anatomy and defense mechanisms to protect themselves in nature.

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

Riparian Adventure: Where the Plants Meet the Stream

Grades 3 – 5

Discover the important role that plants play in protecting aquatic habitats and get your hands dirty with a fun experiment.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Urban Wildlife Monitoring*

Grades 3 – 5

We may think of ourselves as separate from nature, but even our big cities are still right in the middle of it! Learn what sorts of wildlife live in urban environments and explore some of the latest research tools used to study the animals that live alongside us. 

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

Tropical rainforests have some of the greatest diversity on the planet. Explore Tropical Forest Cuba and examine how scientists gather data. Take a walk in a scientist's shoes and learn about one of the most interesting places on Earth. 

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? *

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

Lepidoptera Investigation*

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.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Urban Wildlife Monitoring*

Grades 6 – 12

We may think of ourselves as separate from nature, but even our big cities are still right in the middle of it! Learn what sorts of wildlife live in urban environments and explore some of the latest research tools used to study the animals that live alongside us. 

Field Trips and School Outreach

New! Phipps to Table Field Trips

Grades 2 – 5 and 6 – 12

Bring your class to Phipps' state-of-the-art Botany Hall Kitchen, where fun is always on the menu! Enjoy a tour of the sustainable features in our Rooftop Edible Garden and learn how to make a healthy recipe in these hands-on hour-long lessons.

All field trips are made to order and can be customized to fit your students' needs and diets. 

Phipps to Table field trips cost $8 per student. One adult is admitted free for every eight students. Additional adults pay $15 each. 

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