Teacher Workshops

Growing Beyond Earth: Required Teacher Workshop – Saturday, September 25, 2021 from 9:00 am to 12:00 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 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. Registration for this workshop closed on Friday, September 3, 2021 at 5:00 pm.

Shade Our Schools: Required Teacher Workshop – Saturday, October 16, 2021 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
This workshop will be led by University of Miami researchers studying which plants are best adapted for climate change. During this workshop we will introduce educators to concepts and techniques needed to facilitate the Shade Our Schools Challenge and provide teachers with knowledge and resources needed to successfully carryout this Challenge in the classroom. Space is limited, registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. REGISTRATION CLOSED.

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 challenge6-8@fairchildgarden.org.

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

Thursday, September 16, 2021STEM Project-Based Learning10:00 am to 3:00 pmFairchild Garden
Saturday, October 9, 2021School Garden Workshop10:00 am to 3:00 pm Fairchild Garden
January 8, 2022 – RESCHEDULED – Saturday, April 2, 2022Plant Science: Back to Basics10:00 am to 3:00 pmFairchild Garden

January 29, 2022 – RESCHEDULED – Friday, April 15, 2022

South Florida Plants and Ecosystems10:00 am to 3:00 pmFairchild Garden
Saturday, February 19, 2022

Ethnobotany: Plants and People

10:00 am to 2:00 pmZOOM
Saturday, March 5, 2022

Biomimicry: Designed by Nature

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

*All workshops and events will take place at Fairchild, unless state otherwise. Additional professional development opportunities will be announced in 2022.