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

20% Off Field Trips and Outreach programs

For a limited time, you can enjoy a 20% discount on the cost of student and adult admission on any field trips and outreach programs delivered Sept. 1 – Dec. 31, 2017. To redeem, simply reference the discount when booking your program. 20% discount applies to cost of admission for students and adults only, and does not apply to travel fees or Conservatory tour costs.

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 pay regular admission price ($17.95 for adults, $16.95 for seniors)

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 and $15 per adult 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 Membership Manager Mary DeMars at 412/622-6915 ext. 6505 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 the important role they play in 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 pollen 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.

Six 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 1 – 5

Meet our worms! Investigate how worms live, eat and move, and explore the healthy soil they create.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Bees and Pollination

Grades 1 – 5

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

Field Trips and School Outreach

Butterflies

Grades 1 – 5

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

Habitats

Grades 1 – 5

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

Field Trips and School Outreach

Fall Harvest: Apples and Pumpkins

Grades 1 – 5

Investigate and identify unique characteristics of apples and pumpkins in the classroom and the Rooftop Edible Garden.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Carnivorous Plants

Grades 3 – 8

Be immersed in the world of meat-eating plants as you observe various species and learn how and why these carnivores eat insects, tadpoles and small fish.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Dynamic Desert

Grades 3 – 8

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 – 8

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

Earth Extremes

Grades 3 – 8

Play the role of detective to uncover plant evidence and solve a mysterious case of smuggling while you learn about world biomes in this whodunit class.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Bark, Branches, Buds and Blooms

Grades 3 – 8

Explore the biology of trees, learn how trees provide homes for other organisms and hear about some of the wackiest trees on the planet — from the tree that has a restaurant inside it to the only tree in the Sub-Antarctic.

Field Trips and School Outreach

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

Grades 3 – 8

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

Field Trips and School Outreach

Bees and Pollination

Grades 3 – 8

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

Field Trips and School Outreach

Sustainable Citizenship: Be the Change!

Grades 6 – 8 and 9 – 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

Botany 101: Botany in the 'Burgh

Grades 6 – 8 and 9 – 12

Explore the hallmarks of the plant kingdom, including photosynthesis, cell structure and plant anatomy. Plus, learn how to identify native plants.

Field Trips and School Outreach

Science Investigation: Center for Sustainable Landscapes

Grades 6 – 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: SEED Classroom

Grades 6 – 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 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 9 – 12

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

Field Trips and School Outreach

Science Talk

Grades 9 – 12

Scientists have a distinct strategy of communication, and it involves much more than simply using technical terms. Learn how scientists share information with one another and break down the structure of scientific communication.

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