Teacher Workshops

UPDATED Growing Beyond Earth: Required Teacher Workshop – Saturday, January 9th from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
**Teachers who are unable to attend this workshop may join us on Wednesday, January 13 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 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 2 research protocols; discuss ideas for suitable experiments and the requested data to select. Teachers will also schedule a day to pick up the necessary materials, including basic seed materials, to take back to their schools. Registration for this workshop will close on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 5:00 pm. To register, please click here.

The Million Orchid Project: Required Teacher Workshop – Saturday, November 7, 2020 from 9:00 am  to 12:00 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. Registration for this workshop will be open from Wednesday, October 21st through Wednesday, November 4th. To register, click here – Closed on November 4, 2020.

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 challenge9-12@fairchildgarden.org.

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

Saturday, October 3, 2020School & Home Gardening10:00 am to 2:00 pmZoom Teleconferencing
Saturday, October 10, 2020STEM Project-Based Learning Virtually with Fairchild10:00 am to 2:00 pm Zoom Teleconferencing
Saturday, October 24, 2020Basic Botany for Teachers10:00 am to 2:00 pmZoom Teleconferencing
Saturday, November 21, 2020
February 2021 – TBD
Ceramics and Tropical Botany – “Molding the Future”10:00 am to 2:00 pmZoom Teleconferencing
Saturday, December 5, 2020

South Florida Plants, Ecosystems, and Invasive Species

10:00 am to 2:00 pmZoom Teleconferencing
Saturday, January 30, 2021School Garden: Growing On & Beyond Earth10:00 am to 2:00 pm Zoom Teleconferencing
Saturday, February 20, 2021Ethnobotany for the Classroom10:00 am to 2:00 pmZoom Teleconferencing

*Due to the current climate, all workshops will take virtually via Zoom. Additional professional development opportunities will be announced in 2021.