UPDATE: Phipps is now open for your visit. All tickets must be purchased in advance, and new safety protocols are required. Learn more about how you can join us!

While Phipps is unable to host large groups, we’re offering an exciting lineup of virtual 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, and each generally consists of a 45 – 60 minute online learning sessions. Programs are offered via Zoom or your virtual learning platform. Virtual field trip admission rates are as follows:

Virtual program: $5 per child
Virtual program and docent-led tour: $5.50 per child

Can't visit Phipps? Watch us grow through a docent led virtual conservatory tour. Our tours are specifically designed to be informative and most importantly interactive. To get the most out of your virtual tour join with your own computer to get an up close view and personal attention from our docents!  Docent-led tours are led by trained volunteers who possess a wealth of knowledge about Phipps, plants and sustainability. Programs run for 30 minutes and can be added to field trip programs.

To schedule a field trip or ask any questions, call 412/441-4442, ext. 3925.

Virtual Field Trips

Animals in Our City

Pre-K – 1

Learn what kinds of wildlife live in urban environments, discover ways that you can track and observe our animal neighbors, and explore some neat research tools that scientists use to study them.

Virtual Field Trips

Pollinator Power

4 Part Field Trip Series (Each Session 1.5 hour)

Grades Pre-K – 1 (focuses on insect pollinators)

Grades 2 – 3 (focus on animal pollinators)

$40 per student | Min. 15 students to participate

Pollination helps our world grow, from our biodiverse rainforests to our nutritious vegetable gardens! Explore some amazing relationships between our favorite pollinator pairs and learn about the adaptations that allow pollinators to get the job done. In this four-part series, we’ll play interactive games, observe pollinators through videos, and make educational crafts to deepen our understanding of the importance of pollinators. 

Virtual Field Trips

Butterflies

Grades Pre-K – 5

Butterflies are some of the world’s most beautiful insects, but their bright patterns are more than just for show! Explore butterfly anatomy, learn about their lifecycle and metamorphosis, and discover the fascinating ways they protect themselves in nature.

Virtual Field Trips

Apples and Pumpkins

Grades Pre-K – 2

Discover the world of delicious fall produce and investigate the insides of apples and pumpkins.

Virtual Field Trips

Garden to Table

Grades Pre-K – 5

How does your garden grow? Explore the needs of fruits and vegetables, learn about seed starting, create your own garden design, and discover how pollinators make our gardens possible. Plus, get a healthy recipe to try at home!

Virtual Field Trips

Bees and Pollination

Grades Pre-K – 8

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

Virtual Field Trips

Nature on the Move

Grades 1 – 3

Movement is important for nature and for us! Learn about how animals move and migrate while you take nature walks and play fun games

Virtual Field Trips

Habitats around the World

Grades 2 – 5

Explore how plants and animals depend on each other in different habitats, get a virtual tour of Phipps’ desert and tropical rain forest rooms, and use your knowledge to solve habitat trivia and puzzles.

Virtual Field Trips

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.

Virtual Field Trips

Fall Harvest

Grades 3 – 5

What can we harvest in the fall? Explore the lifecycle of cool weather fruits and vegetables, learn the anatomy of your produce, create your own garden design, and discover how pollinators make our fall gardens possible. Plus, get a healthy recipe to try at home!

Virtual Field Trips

Urban Wildlife Monitoring

Grades 3 – 12

Learn what kinds of wildlife live in urban environments, discover ways that you can track and observe our animal neighbors, and explore some neat research tools that scientists use to study them.

Virtual Field Trips

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.

Select photos © Paul g. Wiegman