Teacher Workshops

The Million Orchid Project: Required Teacher Workshop – Saturday, August 27, 2022 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.*
Researchers will teach educators about the Million Orchid Project and introduce concepts and protocols for this year’s Challenge. Teachers will learn the science behind the Million Orchid Project, which species are being reintroduced into South Florida, and how to perform outplantings of ground orchids. Data collection protocols will be explained and hands-on outplanting demonstrations will be given. Teachers will then receive all the necessary materials to successfully reintroduce orchids at their schools.
*This workshop will occur as part of the Teacher’s Launch Brunch Workshop. Materials will be distributed at a later date.

Growing Beyond Earth®: Required Teacher Workshop –  Saturday, September 17  11:30 am to 4:00 pm or Wednesday, September 21, 2022 from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
Scientists from NASA will conduct this workshop to introduce their research and the problems they try to solve for future space missions. The classrooms will be used as space-lab extensions and students will contribute to an important step into the future. Teachers will learn the Trial 1 research protocols; discuss ideas for suitable experiments and the requested data to select. Teachers will also pick up the necessary materials to take back to their schools. Register here. Registration for this workshop will close on Friday, September 7, 2022 at 5:00 pm.

General Teacher Professional Development Courses
Fairchild offers additional professional development workshops for PreK-12 grade teachers that can support and enhance your participation in The Fairchild Challenge. Workshops focus on botany, ecology, South Florida’s natural environment and more. You may also visit Fairchild’s website to view and use our downloadable teaching modules, including resources and curricula. M-DCPS teachers can register for this workshop through Frontline Education/My Learning Plan online portal. For more information please contact challenge@fairchildgarden.org.

For more information on the schedule and how to register, click here

Wednesday, October 5, 2022School Garden Workshop10:00 am to 3:00 pm Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Tuesday, November 8, 2022Research in the Classroom8:30 am to 2:30 pmMiami Senior High School
Saturday, January 7, 2023Teaching Biomath, Ecology & Evolution with Bromeliads10:00 am to 3:00 pmFairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Monday, January 23, 2023

South Florida Plants and Ecosystems10:00 am to 3:00 pmFairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Saturday, April 1, 2023

Cultural, Medicinal, and Historical Uses of Plants

10:00 am to 3:00 pmFairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Friday, April 7, 2023

Tropical Botany: Back to Basics

10:00 am to 3:00 pmFairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Saturday, April 8, 2023

Tropical Botany: Back to Basics

10:00 am to 3:00 pmFairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
1 week course – Dates TBDTropical Botany Conservation 2022 Summer InstituteTBDFairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

*All workshops and events will take place at Fairchild, unless stated otherwise.