Plant and Animal Sciences

Cincinnati Zoo Academy

The Zoo Academy is the only high school program in the country that pairs students with zoo professionals for daily hands-on work experience! Students take classes that prepare them for leadership roles in the fields of conservation, environmental science, and plant and animal care. Students work directly with zookeepers at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden on a variety of tasks — from hand feeding elephants to caring for snakes and giving penguins their daily vitamins.

Pathway Lead:

Katie Kemme


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


  • First Aid/CPR
  • OSHA 30-Hour Construction
  • National Center for Construction Education and Research Core Construction Certification

College Credits

Up to seven college credits available in:

  • Horticulture Science
  • Environmental Science

Student Organizations/Key Affiliations

Skills Gained

  • Workplace safety and skills
  • Plant conservation and care
  • Animal conservation and care
  • Conservation awareness

Examples of 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

Read stories from current students and graduates of the Zoo Academy.