Challenge 2: Connect to Protect Network – My Story

For Individuals or Groups (2–5 students per group) — Maximum points: 200 (100 per entry; 2 entries per school)

YOUR CHALLENGE: Less than 2% of the pine rocklands remain outside of Everglades National Park making this natural community one of the most globally imperiled ecosystems. Much of what remains occurs today exists as only fragmented parcels across Miami and The Keys. Fairchild’s own Connect to Protect Network encourages families, schools and local businesses to plant pine rockland gardens to increase the probability of visits of seed dispersers and pollinators. The goal of this conservation program is to improve genetic health of plant species by connecting these remaining isolated patches across urban areas. Students will write a short story about their experience in South Florida that features the pine rockland ecosystem. Downloadable PDF

ENTRY SUBMISSION: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 by 5:00 pm

Electronically submit the following:

✓  Entry Requirements:
 Entry must be emailed to challenge6-8@fairchildgarden.org and include student’s name, grade, and school in attachment name and the email message
 Story is 3 pages, double-spaced or less
 Story highlights student’s experience in South Florida that features the pine rockland ecosystem
 Story follows elements listed above
 On-time entry submission (late entries may not receive points)

COMMUNICATING SCIENCE VIRTUAL STUDENT WORKSHOP: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.
This workshop will highlight the art of storytelling and how to communicate science to the general public. Guest Speaker: Gary Bremen, Park Ranger at Biscayne National Park. Available spaces will be filled on a first-come, first served basis. To register, please click here – COMING SOON!

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 2 Evaluation Sheet

STATE ACADEMIC STANDARDS: 
This Challenge meets various state standards, visit Challenge 2 Benchmarks

CHALLENGE RESOURCES:
Background information on Pine Rockland
Connect to Protect Network Website with Resources
Connect to Protect Network Background Information
Interactive Map of Pine Rocklands

Background information on Guest Speaker Gary Bremen – NEW!
Gary Bremen (Ranger Stories)
One Hundred Percent by Gary Bremen (The Moth)
Songs and Stories of Our National Parks (Collaboration with Singer-Songwriter Grant Livingston)
In Park Service’s Centennial, Gay Ranger Finds His Story (South Florida Gay News)
Coincidences: Stories About Looking for a Chance Encounter. Part 1 (The Story Collider)

Background information on storytelling
Tedx Memphis: Seven Keys to Good Storytelling by Josh Campbell
The Moth Podcast

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