Challenge 7: The Million Orchid Project

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

YOUR CHALLENGE: This year’s challenge students will help restore rare native orchids in their yards and neighborhood. Students will receive three year old Encyclia tampensis orchids and the necessary materials to attach them on trees. These seedlings were grown by students at Fairchild laboratory and on STEMLab, our mobile tissue culture laboratory. As the plants become established, students will also collect demographic data including tree type, orientation, root attachment, and growth rates. This important data will help guide ongoing conservation efforts by Fairchild scientists to re-establish these lost species in south Florida. Data will be collected every two weeks using the OrchidTracker mobile application. Based on the student findings, schools will produce a tri-fold growing and care guide for this species that may be used to inform the general public about the program. Downloadable PDF – REVISED 11-05-2020

ENTRY SUBMISSION: Wednesday, April 28, 2021 by 5:00 pm

Electronically submit the following:

Email a digital copy to challenge9-12@fairchildgarden.org:

✓  Data Requirements:
 Bi-weekly data and observations must be reported on the Fairchild Orchid Tracker app beginning in November (see “The Million Orchid Project: Orchid Tracker” How to Guide)
 All appropriate data fields complete and valid
 Bi-weekly data sharing via Twitter or Instagram with #MillionOrchid and hashtag of your school name (credit not given to social media posts without both hashtags)
 On-time data entry submission (late entries may not receive points)
✓  Pamphlet Requirements:
 Entry labeled with school name and student’s name, and common and scientific name of orchid species
 Pamphlet cover panel must include original, 2-Dimensional, hand-rendered illustration; or original photograph
 Pamphlet maximum size 8.5” x 11” and is tri-fold following template provided
 Only inner three panels used for written care sheet
 Illustration/photo must feature native orchid species from MOP (no text included) in its native habitat
 On-time entry submission (late entries may not receive points)

REQUIRED VIRTUAL TEACHER WORKSHOP: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2020 from 9:00 am – 12:00 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 November 4, 2020.

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 7 Evaluation Sheet

STATE ACADEMIC STANDARDS: 
This Challenge meets various state standards, visit Challenge 7 Benchmarks

CHALLENGE RESOURCES:
Background on The Million Orchid Project: – COMING SOON!
MOP Protocols – REVISED 11-10-2020
MOP PowerPoint Presentation
MOP Plant List

MOP WORKSHOP RECORDINGS:
Welcome and Introduction to MOP – Amy Padolf, Director of Education at FTBG, and Dr. Jason Downing, Orchid Biologist at FTBG
Orchid Attachment Demonstration – Dr. Jason Downing
Orchid Tracker App Tutorial – Jay Arce, Orchid Lab Assistant/STEMLab Program Coordinator at FTBG
Orchid Propagation Lab Tour – Kevin Zatkovich, Orchid Specialist at FTBG

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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