Professional Development
Fairchild offers professional development courses for K-12 educators focusing on botany, ecology, and South Florida natural history. Courses are designed to increase your knowledge and understanding of the importance of plants, plant uses, and conservation efforts for the future.

Important Info:
All workshops are hosted in person at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.
-MDCPS teachers Register through Frontline Portal when approved by MDCPS. Contact MDCPS for registration issues.  
Attendance is limited. For the safety of our guests, teachers, and staff, please see our COVID-19 safety policies

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School Garden Workshop
October 5, 2022
10:00am - 3:00pm

Join our education team as we dig into how to create an impactful school garden! Explore concepts such as composting, attracting pollinators, and other garden-friendly insects. Learn from experts on how you can play your part in local conservation and become a Florida Friendly Gardener. This hands-on workshop will uncover school garden creation, implementation, and expansion tips as well as strategies to encourage and engagement students of all abilities.


Research in the Classroom
November 8, 2022
8:30am - 2:30pm

How do we turn casual observations into a well-designed research project? Using MDCPS pacing guides, we will learn how to think about real-world problems and develop and test hypotheses from our questions. Important aspects of this process that we will explore: How to navigate literature searches; How to develop experimental design; How to showcase our students’ work at conferences and science fairs, in journals, and source funding for these opportunities. *Location: Miami Senior High School


Teaching BioMATH
January 7, 2023
10:00am - 3:00pm

Researchers have been collaborating with Fairchild to study and model aspects of ecology and evolution in Florida native bromeliads. Learn how simple mathematical models can be simulated to address these questions about our native bromeliads. Join us for a fun and approachable blend of mathematics and biology inside and outside the classroom. Course taught by visiting researchers Rachel Jabaily Ph.D. , (Prof. of Biology & Ecology, Colorado College) and Erin Bodine, Ph.D. (Prof. of Mathematics, Rhodes College).


South Florida Plants and Ecosystems
January 23, 2023
10:00am - 3:00pm

Explore South Florida ecosystems inside and outside the classroom through a hands-on approach to understanding local ecology and conservation issues. This workshop will be led by Fairchild’s Conservation team; a group of experts who monitor, research, and grow plants native to South Florida and the Caribbean. Learn from these experts about the threats that invasive species have on our environment and the steps that Fairchild, and your students, can take to be effective ambassadors for our wildly unique environment.

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Ethnobotany: Plants and People
February 18, 2023
10:00am - 3:00pm

Ethnobotany is the study of how people around the world use plants in their lives, both historically and in modern-day times. Plants have many significant uses, including use as medicine, food, shelter, tools, transportation, and religious purposes. The study of Ethnobotany can serve as a springboard to studying many different disciplines across the curriculum. Join the Education Department at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, sponsored by the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, as we explore the historical, cultural, and economic significance of plants through time.

Plant Science: Back to the Basics
April 7, 2023
10:00am - 3:00pm

Explore the wonderful world of plant science! From roots to shoots, extreme adaptations learn how to become environmentally versed through the power of plants. This course will provide an introduction for teachers to botanical and ecological concepts including plant classification, morphology and plant-pollinator interactions. Using appropriate grade level pedagogy and a combination of teaching methods including lecture, plant dissections, lab activities, independent and cooperative inquiry, and guided outdoor instruction, teachers will learn interdisciplinary teaching methods to easily adapt to the classroom.

MDCPS Workshop registration is available on Frontline when they postAny questions from MDCPS educators about registration issues must be directed to Frontline administrative staff. 

Educators from other counties are welcome to register directly with FTBG, please email