NOTE: All member and nonmember tickets must be reserved in advance, and masks are now optional but recommended. Learn more about how you can join us!

We are offering an exciting lineup of in-person field trips 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, each generally consisting of a 45 minute learning session followed by a self-guided tour.

In-person field trip admission rates and regulations are as follows:

  • Summer community engagement field trip programming is offered June 12 – August 4, 2023
  • $8.00 per student
  • Includes a 45-minute field trip and self-guided tour
  • 1 adult admitted free for every 8 youths; $17 for each additional adult
  • Outdoor lunch spaces available for less than 120 youths; $30.00 per 30 youths for reservation
  • Phipps memberships are not transferable to youth field trip programming.

Contact 412-441-4442 ext. 3925 or to book a field trip or for more information about programs in the new school year.

Summer Field Trips 2023

Bees and Pollination

Grades 2 – 5

Dive into the hive to learn about the anatomy of bees! Did you know that bees help us grow food and help our native ecosystems to thrive? Play a game to discover the different jobs they have and explore how they pollinate plants.

Summer Field Trips 2023


Grades Pre-K – 2, 3 – 5

Moving through the lifecycle of these beautiful insects, this class will explore butterfly anatomy, metamorphosis and the fascinating ways they protect themselves in nature.

Summer Field Trips 2023

Garden to your Plate

Grades Pre-K – 5

Here at Phipps, we love plants! We especially love the plants that we can eat. Join the Let’s Move Pittsburgh Team to learn about the different parts of plants, why we should eat them, and what they need to grow. 

Summer Field Trips 2023

Carnivorous Plants

Grades 3 – 6

This program immerses participants in the world of meat-eating plants as they observe various species, and learn how and why these carnivores eat insects, tadpoles and small fish.

Summer Field Trips 2023

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 to human and environmental health on a docent-led tour through the CSL.