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While Phipps is temporarily closed to the public, 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. Virtual field trip admission rates are $2 per screen. 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

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

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

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

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.

Select photos © Paul g. Wiegman