Grow Wild Society

growThe Grow Wild Society, or GWS, is at the forefront of the evolution of the Zoo.  The GWS was formed to develop, enhance, and grow a new base of support for the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium; to cultivate and engage new and existing donors; and to help advance the Zoo’s mission of caring for the animals we exhibit while ensuring the future of wildlife worldwide. Your membership in the Grow Wild Society will give you a closer partnership with the foremost conservation organization in the region while supporting the Zoo’s vital mission and current programs. The Grow Wild Society encourages all members to become more involved with the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, in the hopes that it will lead to greater support for our animals, our conservation efforts, and our programs.  Please click the Donate Now button below to start your membership today in the Grow Wild Society.
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Membership in the Grow Wild Society includes:

•    Private, behind-the-scenes tours guided by curators with special access not available to the general public;
•    Special events at the Zoo with staff and animal keepers;
•    Opportunities to invite your friends to join you at special events at the Zoo;
•    Special, private events for you to enjoy with your family at the Zoo;
•    Unique recognition for Grow Wild Society members; and
•    Opportunities to travel with Zoo curators throughout the world.

Grow Wild Society Membership

Membership in the GWS is based on annual donations to the Zoo. Support is welcomed and appreciated at any time, but membership lasts for a 12-month period from the date that the qualifying donation amount is received. Gifts may also be pledged over a 12-month period and contributions may be given on a monthly basis. GWS levels of support are categorized by annual gifts of $1,000, $2,500, $5,000, or $10,000.
For gifts greater than $10,000, please contact Janet Rose, Senior Director of Development, by email at
jrose@pittsburghzoo.org or via telephone at 412-365-2540 (office) or 412-951-5146 (mobile).

Affiliated Membership

This donor level is for individuals who own small companies or manage family foundations. Affiliated members enjoy similar benefits to those included in GWS membership. Donations can be made a number of ways including board giving, annual appeal, Contributors Choice (United Way), and restricted gifts.

Grow Wild Society:  Levels and Benefits
$1,000 Annual Gift

Family Zoo Membership plus four complimentary Zoo admission passes
Private invitations to Grow Wild Society events
One behind-the-scenes tour for up to six people
Reduced admission to educational programs and other special lectures throughout the year

$2,500 Annual Gift
Family Zoo Membership plus eight complimentary Zoo admission passes
Private invitations to Grow Wild Society events
Two behind-the-scenes tours for up to six people on each tour
Reduced admission to educational programs and other special lectures throughout the year
Education program sent to a qualifying classroom of your choice*
Opportunities to travel with Zoo curators

$5,000 Annual Gift
Family Zoo Membership plus 12 complimentary Zoo admission passes
Private invitations to Grow Wild Society events
Two behind-the-scenes tours for up to six people on each tour
Reduced admission to educational programs and other special lectures throughout the year
Education program sent to a qualifying classroom of your choice*
Discounts on travel opportunities with Zoo curators
Discounted facility rentals at the Zoo
Zoo tickets donated to Tickets4Kids (25) on your behalf

$10,000 Annual Gift
Family Zoo Membership plus 16 complimentary Zoo admission passes
Private invitation to Grow Wild Society events
Three behind-the-scenes tours for up to six people on each tour
Reduced admission to educational programs and other special lectures throughout the year
Education program sent to a qualifying classroom of your choice*
Discounts on travel opportunities with Zoo curators
Discounted facility rentals at the Zoo
Zoo tickets donated to Tickets4Kids (50) on your behalf
Zoo birthday party for a child, or one week of Zoo Camp for a child
Award winning photograph signed by acclaimed Zoo photographer Paul Selvaggio
*The Zoo can visit a school of your choice in a Zoomobile full of exciting live animals and biofacts for an interactive presentation. Programs can be conducted for preschool through grade 12 from September 3 – April 16, pending availability. Advance registration is required.

For additional information on Grow Wild Society benefits, click here. You can also download, complete, and mail in the GWS pledge form to start your membership in this prestigious society.