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:
-Workshops are conducted at the Fairchild using lectures, guided garden walks, and hands-on activities.
-Attendance is limited. For the safety of our guests, teachers, and staff, please see our COVID-19 safety policies.
-Materials and curricula are provided with course attendance.
MDCPS teachers qualify for MPP points. Register through MyLearningPlan. 


UPCOMING SCHOOL GARDEN WORKSHOP Logistics Saturday, October 9, 2021 ( Click link )

STEM Project-Based Learning 

September 16, 2021
10:00am - 3:00pm

Project-based learning environments offer unique hands-on experiences to help foster critical thinking, problem-solving abilities, strengthen STEM skills, and foster environmental stewardship in the classroom. In this session, learn from Fairchild’s successful botany magnet school programs to see how project-based learning might work for your classroom.

School Garden

October 9, 2021
10:00 am - 3:00pm

Dig into how to create an impactful school garden! Explore concepts such as composting and attracting pollinators. Learn from experts on how you can play your part in local conservation, outline school garden creation tips for implementation, and identify strategies to encourage engagement for students of all abilities

Plant Science: Back to the Basics

November 13, 2021
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Explore the wonderful world of plant science! From roots to shoots, extreme adaptations, and combating “plant blindness", learn how to empower yourself and your students to become better environmentally versed through the power of plants. 

South Florida Plants and Ecosystems

January 29, 2022
10:00 am - 3:00 pm 

 Fairchild’s Conservation Team is working to reduce the extinction risk of rare plants in South Florida and the Caribbean. This hands-on workshop explores our native habitats and current conservation issues.

For more information, please email 
MDCPS Workshop registration is available through as they are posted.