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What can I do in high school to prepare for a career in wildlife biology?

I want to pursue a career in wildlife biology or conservation biology. At my school, there are extensive programs to prepare students for a career in the medical services, and engineering. There's classes for theatre and visual arts, as well as other performing arts programs, however there does not seem to be anything at my school to expose my to the areas of my interest. Is there something I can do on my own time to get some sort of experience/exposure to wildlife/conservation biology? If so, what?
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Nancy’s Answer

I suggest taking as much science as you can in high school, especially biology. Do well in math. Take statistics if you can. In your free time, try to get a job or volunteer at a zoo, a park that has a nature or conservation program, or a conservation camp. Doing those will expose you to research, wildlife, or conservation efforts. That may help you be sure you like the field and helps provide credibility to your college application.

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John’s Answer

Nancy H’s answer has good advice. Most wildlife biology degrees require a degree, so you can start by preparing yourself for college. Look at the degrees offered by your state college - if they offer a wildlife or conservation degree, pay attention to what courses they require students to take - then try to take similar classes in high school (like bioolgy!). But wildlife jobs also require field skills - being outdoors, camping, using power equipment like chain saws and tractors - try to get experience there too. And there are wildlife technician jobs that don’t require a college degree, but they will require those field skills. Look up your local game warden or a local conservation biologist - see if you can volunteer for them.

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Look at your local state college, see if they offer a conservation degree and what courses they offer. That will give you an idea of what skills are needed.
Look up you local game warden or conservation biologist (state or US Fish and Wildlife Service) - see if they need a volunteer.