Teacher Professional Development Courses

Fairchild offers professional development courses focusing on botany, ecology, and South Florida natural history, and are designed to increase teachers’ knowledge and understanding of the importance of plants, plant uses, and conservation efforts for the future. Workshops are conducted using a combination of lectures, discussion, guided garden walks, and hands-on activities. Teachers are provided with materials, resources, and curriculum activities to implement in their classrooms.

Fairchild works closely with Miami-Dade County Public School system and courses are approved for continuing education credits.*MDCPS teachers must register through MyLearningPlan as each activity becomes available. 

 Saturday April 10, 2021 – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm 
“Molding the Future” – Ceramics and Tropical Botany

This hands-on virtual course combines art with science and teaches mold making techniques combined with a botany lesson on native and tropical plants of South Florida. Virtually instructed by local Miami artist Lauren Shapiro and featuring lectures by Fairchild educators, participants will create several molds of botanical textures which may later be used to produce sculptures with clay. 

*Through generous funding, teacher workshop materials are included with course registration. Registered teachers material pick up is Wednesday April 7  from 2pm – 6 pm @ Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden South Gate Entrance. 

For more information, or non MDPCS teacher registration, please email 

Workshop registration is available through as they are posted.