• 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.