Classes & Programs
Phipps Conservatory offers classes, conferences and other educational events - for adults and children, and green-thumb gardeners - as varied as our public gardens.
Adult classes range from botanical art & illustration and floral design, to hands-on sustainable gardening workshops. Phipps offers a growing roster of certificate programs, conferences and other outreach around sustainable landscapes and living.
Children delight in the natural world that surrounds them, especially when they’re given basic tools for discovery and appreciation. Inspire your young botanist or bug collector. Our classes mix plant, animal and ecosystem topics: from identifying fall leaves to papermaking and tasty treats from the Tropical Forest.
School & Teacher Programs
Phipps' school programs help teachers align lesson plans with state guidelines in Environment & Ecology and Science & Technology, reach across the curriculum, and blend social and multi-cultural studies, botany and ecology to inspire learning.
Middle & High School Programs
Are you passionate about helping young people today become environmental stewards and appreciate more fully the beauty and value of nature? Phipps' middle and high school programs offer unique ways to not only inspire young botanists and environmentalists but to promote environmental awareness in students with different interests and abilities.
Join us every Saturday and Sunday at 1:30pm* in the Tropical Forest for demonstrations on a wide variety of topics, free with admission! From Bee keeping to Bonsai, Conifer Care to Compost, local experts bring it all to you. Check the events calendar for this week's programs!
*unless otherwise noted
Homegrown: Phipps Edible Garden Program
Homegrown is a Phipps program dedicated to increasing community access to fresh produce, promoting better food choices, and improving the overall health of families and children. We fulfill our goals by installing raised bed vegetable gardens at households in underserved neighborhoods, and by providing mentorship and resources.
Let's Move Pittsburgh
Let's Move Pittsburgh—modeled after First Lady Michelle Obama's national Let's Move! campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of healthy foods, increased exercise and decreased screen time—is a collaborative effort to improve the health of children in southwestern Pennsylvania.