Horticulture & Animal Science
At our Agriculture Science Academy at 201 County Line Road on the southside of Des Moines (south of Blank Park Zoo), students learn about animals and plants through hands-on activities and exciting projects. The nation’s largest secondary school student-run greenhouse and livestock facility allow them to gain practical experience in fields including agricultural business, environmental science, horticulture, landscaping, and veterinary careers. Students are enrolled as members of FFA, the national youth leadership organization, which enhances speaking and leadership skills while attending the academy. First year students are enrolled in Horticulture and Animal Science. Second year students then can focus in on specific areas that they enjoy the most and want to specialize in.
Prerequisites: Strong interest in career field. Grades: 11-12
All students interested in enrolling in one of the Advance Career Programs at Central Campus can learn more about enrollment here.
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Applied Plant and Animal Sciences
This class will be based on the practical sciences that relate to the everyday uses of both plant and animal based products that we all use day in and day out, through our everyday lives. Students will learn the sciences behind product development through hands on laboratory experiments where students actually produce the products and learn the science behind the products in our new Agricultural Science labs. Also students will have the opportunity to learn and apply science based experiments in the field of biology and biotechnology with live organisms.
Des Moines has a vast network of Agricultural based businesses that we will utilize through many on site field trips. Students will be able to learn the basics at our Ag-science lab and then actually connect with leading agricultural businesses and explore careers and opportunities with these industry leaders. We will visit production agriculture farms outside of the urban area, to gain an understanding of how the food to table agriculture model works.