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Pittsburgh Voyager Fact Sheet

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Pittsburgh Voyager is a Pittsburgh-based non-profit science and environmental
educational organization offering river-base educational programs for students,
teachers, and the community.


Pittsburgh Voyager’s mission is to provide exceptional river-based experiential learning and adventure opportunities for students, teachers and the public on the rivers of western Pennsylvania.


1501 Reedsdale

Suite 2001
Pittsburgh, PA 15233

The centerpieces of Pittsburgh Voyager’s adventure programs are two 80-foot, 70-ton retired U.S. Navy vessels and a 44-foot houseboat, docked on the North Shore,next to the Carnegie Science Center submarine. Currently Pittsburgh Voyager is engaged in a major campaign to acquire the funding to add a state-of-the-art "green" engineered and designed vessel to its fleet.

People Served?

Since launching its programming in 1995 Pittsburgh Voyager has served well over 50,000
middle and high school students
 through one of its experiential river-based learning programs. These students represent 200 schools from 65 school districts in 11 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. Along with students, Pittsburgh Voyager has served more than 2,500 teachers and college students, and more than 15,000 members of the general public.

In fiscal 2005 Pittsburgh Voyager had its highest enrollment ever with 5,835 students participating from 75 schools in 33 districts.


Pittsburgh Voyager’s multi-faceted programs, which support Pennsylvania’s education standards integrate a classroom curriculum (biology, chemistry, math and physics) with onboard programs.

Formal Educational Programs for Students and Teachers are Environmental Science on the Three Rivers; Community River-Ventures; and Boats, Bridges and Water.

While school programming is Pittsburgh Voyager’s hallmark, it also provides a host of other programs and services to other segments of the community. These offerings are Teacher Professional Development Workshops, College & University Laboratories, Interpretive Boat Tours, Summer Camps and Private Charters.


Pittsburgh Voyager has received the following recent awards for meritorious programming: Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence (2000), Governor Tom Ridge and PA Department of Environmental Protection; Outstanding Environmental Education Award (2000), Pennsylvania Alliance for Environmental Education; and was a finalist in the 2003 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards program, presented by Dominion and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council.


Karl A. Thomas
Executive Director