Challenge 1: Miami, My Garden: Greetings from a Greener Miami Postcard

For individual students OR small groups — Maximum points: 200 (100 per entry; 2 entries per school)

When you think of South Florida, you probably think of our warm weather and beautiful beaches. But did you know that plants also play an important role in making our city a healthier, cooler, and more beautiful place to live? Take a moment to think of any part of our city that does not have many plants or trees. Now, think of what this place would look like if it were a garden so beautiful that everyone in the world would want to visit. Would there be many different types of native trees and flowers? Would plants be in unusual places, like vertical gardens or on the roof? How would this design be both beautiful and sustainable?

Using art supplies and your imagination, draw your design on a postcard with a slogan inviting everyone to visit your iconic site. On the back of your postcard, write a short summary describing your design and how it will improve the environment and life for everyone who lives here. Downloadable PDF

ENTRY DUE: Monday, November 27, 2023 to Monday, December 4, 2023 at 5:00 pm.

Electronically submit the following:

We also require a physical submission of entries. Please see below for additional information. 

✓  Entry Requirements:
  Digital Entry in the form of a PDF uploaded as one document to the entry form.
  Drawings must be original, hand-rendered artwork by students in colored pencil, crayon, pens, markers only on a postcard 5″ x 7″ paper; no computer-rated designs. 
  Summary must be a maximum of 2-3 paragraphs, neatly handwritten or typed in 12 point Sans Serif font, describing the design and its benefits.
  On-time entry submission. Late entries will be accepted with a reduction in points.
  In addition to submitting top 2 entries from your school for points, please send us all your students’ work for this Challenge. Those entries submitted for points must be clearly labeled on the physical entry AND on the entry form. Physically submit all classroom entries, delivered in person, or mailed to Fairchild Challenge via certified mail to 10901 Old Cutler Road, Goral Gables, Florida 33156, ATTN: Education Department. Hand deliver entries M-F, 8a-5p at the South/Employee entrance, or via drop box at the Visitor Center. Call the Challenge team at 305-663-8081.

Bring your class on a virtual field trip at Fairchild. Please visit Explorer Field Trip Programs for more information.

For more information on how your submission will be evaluated, see Challenge 1 Rubric.

Visit Challenge 1 Lesson Planning Guide  to learn ideas for implementing this Challenge in your classroom.