Pittsburgh Botanic Garden inspires people to value plants, garden design and the natural world by cultivating plant collections of the Allegheny Plateau and temperate regions, creating display gardens, conducting educational programs and conserving the environment.

They have  reclaimed land from Pittsburgh’s gritty, industrial past and transformed it. Now acres of forest that were farmed, logged and mined are coming back to life with healthy trees, inviting trails, forested slopes and open meadows.

Today visitors can wander 60-acre Woodlands and enjoy an award-winning Lotus Pond, the stunning Margaret Lawrence Simon Dogwood Meadow, fun exploration stations for families, and three miles of peaceful, wooded trails. Roots of our region can be seen in an historic homestead featuring a log cabin, heritage apple orchard and chickens.

Students participated in a habitat study of a forest, meadow, and pond and  did a self-guided tour of the gardens. Students remarked  that the field trip was “awesome, outstanding, and the best field trip ever.”

2019 3rd grade Field Trip - Botanic Gardens