Challenge 6: The Million Orchid Project

For Groups — Maximum points: 300 (150 for data, 150 for business plan; 1 entry per school)

YOUR CHALLENGE: Community science initiatives, like Fairchild’s Million Orchid Project, are powerful tools for engaging the public. For seven years, Fairchild has enlisted the help of students throughout South Florida to propagate and reintroduce nearly 400,000 native, engaged orchids into South Florida public spaces. This year, we are asking your students to be both researcher and advocate for this project.  With mature orchids provided by Fairchild, test optimal growing environment and monitor abiotic factors that impact plant growth. Using what you learn, write a business plan to bring a full Million Orchid Project out planting to a public space within your community. Downloadable PDF

ENTRY SUBMISSION: Wednesday, April 20, 2022 by 5:00 pm

Electronically submit the following:

Uploaded PDF file to entry form includes:

✓  Data Requirements:
 Monthly data and observations must be reported on the Fairchild Orchid Tracker app beginning in October (see “The Million Orchid Project: Orchid Tracker” How to Guide)
 All appropriate data fields complete and valid
 Monthly data sharing via Twitter or Instagram with @MillionOrchid and hashtag of your school name (credit not given to social media posts without both tags)
 On-time data entry submission (late entries may not receive points)
✓  Project Proposal Requirements:
 Project proposal including bibliography must be saved as a single pdf file and uploaded to entry form. PDF file name must include school name and student name
 Project proposal should indicate that you have 1) researched a place in your community that could function as a site for an orchid out planting, and 2) researched the key players in your community to determine to whom you could advocate this project (i.e. Commissioners, City mayor, school principal, etc.)
 Proposal utilizes the template provided
 Bibliography cites three sources and follows MLA or APA format
 On-time entry submission (late entries may not receive points)

REQUIRED TEACHER WORKSHOP: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2021 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Visit our Teacher Workshops page for more information. Available spaces will be filled on a first-come, first served basis. To register, please click here – Closed on September 3, 2021.

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

EVALUATION CRITERIA: 
For more information on how your submission will be evaluated, see Challenge 6 Evaluation Sheet

STATE ACADEMIC STANDARDS: 
This Challenge meets various state standards, visit Challenge 6 Benchmarks

CHALLENGE RESOURCES:
MOP Protocols – NEW!
MOP Project Proposal Template

BACKGROUND ON ORCHIDS:
Intro to Orchid Biology (video)
Orchid Life Cycle
Go Orchid website developed by the North American Orchid Conservation Center
Atlas of Florida Plants
USDA Plant Database
Florida Native Plant Society
The Institute for Regional Conservation

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