Education

 
SCHOOL AND YOUTH PROGRAMS
(made possible by generous support from our donors.)

The Fairchild Challenge 
Designed for students of diverse interests, abilities, talents, and backgrounds, The Fairchild Challenge is Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's environmental education outreach program for elementary, middle and high schools. Learn more

Explorer Program
Immerse your K-5 students in the exciting world of science as they use their senses to explore the tropical plants and habitats of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Fairchild Education staff and trained guides lead student groups through a variety of STEM-based, hands-on activities and exploration. Learn more

Discovery Program
Science and technology come alive in the Garden as students in grades 6-12 embark on an interdisciplinary, learning adventure.  Using navigation technology, students will rotate through hands-on, STEM-based activity stations facilitated by Education staff and trained guides. Learn more

Adventure Program
Independent school and scout groups can use the Garden as an outdoor classroom to implement their own curriculum, or can sign up to use one of our supplementary program modules with materials included. Learn more

PlantMobile Program 
Let the Garden come to your classroom, with five grade specific programs to choose from. Learn more

 
Homeschool Program
Homeschool groups can use the Garden as a living classroom as they participate in a day of stimulating guided activities that explore the diversity of plants. Learn more

TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Accredited teacher training includes one day workshops as well as intensive summer courses.
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ADULT EDUCATION

Continuing Education (non-credit)
More than 150 classes highlight horticulture, conservation and the environment of South Florida as well as art, cuisine and natural history.  Learn more>>

Graduate Studies
Fairchild has graduate programs leading to M.S. and Ph.D degrees awarded by local universities, Florida International University and the University of Miami. Learn more>>

Research Seminars
Technical seminars (lectures) are presented occasionally by local and visiting scientists. These present recent research results in the botanical sciences and are free to students, enthusiasts and professionals.
TROPICAL BOTANY
Join Dr. Walter Judd, Distinguished Professor Emeritus from the Department of Biology at the University of Florida for Tropical Botany 2014. This 4-week college level course is an introduction to the plant life of the tropics and is accredited by Florida International University. Additional general information available here; Click here for the course syllabus. To register, please contact Dr. Judd at wjudd@botany.ufl.edu

VOLUNTEERING

If you are interested in volunteering in the Fairchild's Education-Center for Teaching and Learning, please contact Arlene Ferris at 305.667.1651 x 3314. You may also send an email to aferris@fairchildgarden.org  to find out more about becoming an Education-Center for Teaching and Learning volunteer.