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Animal and Science Management (Zoo Academy)

Program Description

The Zoo Academy is the only high school program in the country that pairs students with zoo professionals for daily hands-on work experience at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Students take classes that prepare them for leadership roles in the fields of conservation, environmental science, and plant and animal care.

Schools Offered

Skills Taught

  • Workplace Safety and Skills
  • Plant Conservation and Care
  • Animal Conservation and Care
  • Conservation Awareness

Career-Based Learning Opportunities

  • Students are embedded at the zoo, where they experience career-based learning opportunities on a daily basis.

Credentials and College Credit Opportunities

  • First Aid/CPR
  • OSHA 30-Hour Construction
  • National Center for Construction Education and Research Core Construction Certification
  • Up to seven college credits available in:
    • Horticulture Science
    • Environmental Science

Career Opportunities

  • Nursery and Greenhouse Managers
  • Aquaculture Managers
  • Environmental Scientist and Specialists
  • Animal Behaviorists and Trainers
  • Landscape Designer/Architect
  • Veterinary Technology
  • Landscape Maintenance and Lawn Care
  • Groundskeeper
  • Pet Care and Grooming
  • Sustainability Specialist

Student Organizations/Key Affiliations

Business Partners Connection

This is the advisory committee that assists with planning, evaluation and instruction.

  • Cincinnati Zoo
  • Children’s Hospital
  • Cincinnati State
  • University of Cincinnati Blue Ash
  • Southern College
  • State University of New York, Jefferson Campus (tentative)


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