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Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation Classes
High School Summer Programs
Get first-hand exposure to conservation fieldwork and learn how you can contribute to the long-term survival of species in natural habitats.
Learn about six amazing species with conservation success stories that are sure to make you an Earth Optimist!
Smithsonian Learning Lab Collections
Support deep, meaningful learning with an online universe of authentic resources — and tools for making them your own.
Follow That Bird!
A science and technology unit on tracking birds. Access lesson plans, bird profiles, tracking device readings, live bird-tracking data and bird-tracking maps.
Explore Zoo Jobs
Other Duties as Assigned: The Secret World of Zoo Jobs!
Want to know what it's like working at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute? Come along with us behind the scenes, as we answer questions asked by curious students and explore animal care and wildlife conservation.
Download the Video Content Guide to access questions and project-based learning activities for elementary, middle and high school students unique to each video. The Video Content Guide is linked to Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards for grades K-12.
Small Mammal Biologist
Zoo and Wildlife Career FAQs
Visit the career FAQs page to discover more about careers in conservation and animal care.
Students can meet staff with lesser-known or “unzoosual” careers in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM).
To watch the latest episode, click the play button to the left. Visit the UnZOOsual Careers playlist for more episodes.