Challenge 5: Million Orchid Project

For individual students or groups (2-5 students per group) — Maximum points: 200 (100 per entry; 2 entries per school)

The Million Orchid Project is a massive student driven conservation initiative and natural experiment that allows us to make discoveries and address important questions related to propagation and re-establishment in the environment. This year, we need your help telling the story of Miami’s native orchids. Create a short video sharing information about the orchids you grew in your school yard this year. Use the suggested talking points to help guide your narration and make sure you showcase your orchids in your video or show photos of your species. Winning entries will be added to Fairchild’s website and linked to QR code labels installed in public landscapes throughout our metro area. Download PDF

ENTRY SUBMISSION: Monday, March 18, 2024 to Sunday, March 24, 2024

Electronically submit the following:

  • Challenge 5 Entry Form
  • Link from video uploaded hosting platform or cloud storage service
  • All data is to be submitted via the school’s assigned google sheet. (Please see research protocols here)
✓  Entry Requirements:
 Video opening credits include school name, student(s) first name, last initial, “Challenge 5” and “2023-2024”
 Digital Entry in the form of a mp4 or a YouTube link video must be marked unlisted.
 Students are not required to be on camera, but they must show their plant(s) or images of their species, if the plants have not survived.
 Video must be 3 minutes or less in length.
 On-time entry submission. Late entries will be accepted with a reduction in points.


VIRTUAL TEACHER WORKSHOP: Wednesday, August 30 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Join Fairchild’s Orchid Biologist and education staff to learn how to take care of this year’s orchids. Visit our Teacher Workshops page for more information. Materials for this Challenges are available on a first-come, first-served basis and will be distributed at Fairchild on Saturday, September 16. Registration for this work shop will close Monday, August 28 at 5:00 pm. 
Click here to register.

For more information on how your submission will be evaluated, see Challenge 5 Rubric

Up to 25 bonus points will be awarded to schools who are able to complete the data sheets on time as per the research protocols.

Up to 10 bonus points will be awarded to schools for incorporation of data analysis in their video. 

Visit the Challenge 5 Lesson Planning Guide for ideas on how to implement this challenge in your classroom.