Challenge 5: Green Treasures – Fairchild’s Pharmacy
For Individuals or Groups (2–5 students per group) — Maximum points: 200 (100 per entry; 2 entries per school)
YOUR CHALLENGE: Throughout the course of history people from all over the world have turned to specific plants for their healing properties many of which have been incorporated into contemporary medicine. To date, nearly 18,000 plant species have documented medicinal uses several of which are on display at Fairchild. These plants are not only beautiful to look at but are traditionally used to create natural remedies for the treatment of many common ailments. Research three of the plants on the provided list below and create a podcast describing the medicinal uses of each plant found in Fairchild’s living collection. Downloadable PDF
ENTRY SUBMISSION: Wednesday, March 3, 2021 by 5:00 pm
Electronically submit the following:
|✓ Entry Requirements:|
|Sound file must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and include school name, podcast title and teacher contact in attachment name and the email message|
|A maximum of five students must take an active role in the podcast , and must clearly state their name at the beginning of podcast|
|Podcast must include both information during interviews and researched facts about medicinal plants found at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s living collection|
|File must be sent as a sound file (.mp3, .mp4, .wma) and must be 7 minutes maximum|
|A minimum of two interviews must be named and referenced in the podcast|
|Bibliography submitted cites at least 3 sources, follows MLA or APA format|
|On-time entry submission (late entries may not receive points)|
GREEN TREASURES: FAIRCHILD’S PHARMACY VIRTUAL STUDENT WORKSHOP: THURSDAY, JANUARY 21 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.
This workshop will highlight how plants are not only beautiful to look at but are traditionally used to create natural remedies for the treatment of many common ailments. Guest Speaker: Dr. Cassandra Quave, Curator of the Emory University Herbarium and Associate Professor of Dermatology and Human Health at Emory University. Available spaces will be filled on a first-come, first served basis. To register, please click here – NOW OPEN!
FAIRCHILD FIELD TRIP EXTENSION:
Bring your class on a virtual field trip at Fairchild. Please visit Explorer Field Trip Programs for more information.
For more information on how your submission will be evaluated, see Challenge 5 Evaluation Sheet
STATE ACADEMIC STANDARDS:
This Challenge meets various state standards, visit Challenge 5 Benchmarks
Background information on Ethnobotany
Teach Ethnobotany (YouTube channel)
Introduction to Ethnobotany Video Series
Molecules from nature: Reconciling biodiversity conservation and global healthcare imperatives for sustainable use of medicinal plants and fungi (Plants, People, Planet. 2020;2: 463-481.)
US Forest Service’s Medicinal Botany
Background information on Guest Speaker Dr. Cassandra Quave – NEW!
Dr. Cassandra Quave Research Group: Medical Ethnobotany and Anti-Infective Drug Discovery (website)
Cassandra L. Quave (ResearchGate)
Dr. Cassandra Quave (Facebook)
Dr. Cassandra Quave (Twitter)
Background information on Fairchild’s living collection
List of selected medicinal plants at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden – NEW!
Fairchild’s Garden Explorer