Biotech High School

About the Program

In 2015, through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Magnet Schools of America program, Fairchild partnered with Miami Dade County Public School to develop BioTECH Senior High School: the first Conservation Biology High School with a focus on Botany and Zoology. This collaborative plant science program offers novel experiences, is integrated into students’ school days, and counts toward graduation requirements. Students and teachers assist graduate students and early-career scientists in completing their botanical research. Students have access to the Garden’s living collection 7 days a week and can also work to earn Volunteer hours by completing this application.*

*This application is for BioTECH related volunteer opportunities. For Garden Wide volunteer opportunities,  click here.

Current Student Research


Orchid Science

Micropropagation techniques, native seed banking, and exploring mycorrhizal fungal relationships


Tropical fruit diversity, biodiversity mapping, and efforts to conserve South Florida and Caribbean endangered plants


Growing Beyond Earth

Testing and growing food crops for long-duration missions into deep space; micro-greens, peppers, and leafy green varieties

Learning Resources

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For more info, visit BioTECH @ Richmond Heights.
 Graduate students, email

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